Caroline's Travel Tips on Paris

  • The New Eiffel Tower Experience

    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.
  • Getting to the Eiffel Tower in Paris

    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.

    There are a few theories about how Paris came to be known as the City of Light (or La Ville Lumière).  One is that the name was derived from the spectacular electrical light displays at Paris' World's Fair of 1889. Another theory traces its origin to the city's early adoption of street lighting in the nineteenth century (first  gas lamps and later electric lights). Whatever the reason, day or night, Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.