The Eiffel Tower site has an excellent description of its history with photos and drawings. La Tour Eiffel was built for the 1889 World Fair in Paris. At the time, it was considered a "monstrosity" by many Parisians and was scheduled to be taken down twenty years after the Fair. Thankfully, that opinion changed, and the Eiffel Tower has endured as a symbol of Paris and the romance of travel worldwide.
I'm happy to report that the Eiffel Tower visitor experience has vastly improved. The City of Paris is spending 300 million Euros to refurbish the Tower, enhance security, and upgrade the visitor experience. They had me at a new Champagne Bar at the Summit and the ability to buy tickets online.
Two common ways to get to the Eiffel Tower in Paris are taking the Metro or the Hop On/Hop Off Bus that stops there. Those are fine, but instead consider these three options: the Paris city bus, hailing an Uber, or cruising up the River Seine on a boat that stops a few feet away.
THE PARIS STORE is the brainchild of Caroline O'Connell, author of Every Woman's Guide to ROMANCE IN PARIS, and filmmaker Kevin Knoblock. Here you will find Paris mementos, gifts to share with friends, and advice for your future trips to the City of Romance and Light. Bienvenue.
SPOTLIGHT ON PLACES IN PARIS
Angelina's Salon de Thé is my go-to place for a lovely lunch with French girlfriends or a meeting over Afternoon Tea. It's been a Paris landmark for over a century (lots of history between these Belle Epoque decor walls). It's in the midst of the action on Rue de Rivoli facing the Tuileries Gardens, near Place de la Concorde. (Pg. 74 in my Romance In Paris guide.)
FEATURED PARIS HOTEL
Hotel Relais St. Honore, on Rue St. Honore, is a wonderful choice for this chic and pricey neighborhood near the Louvre. It's a 3-star boutique hotel with all the comforts, at a very good price for the area. And, it meets my first require-ment for hotels--a great location with cafes, shops, wine bars, museums, and parks a few steps away. (pg. 17 in Romance In Paris guide)
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