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.
  • Visiting the Eiffel Tower – Why Now?

    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.

    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.