We Went to the Eiffel Everyday | Paris, France
I’d be lying if I said the Eiffel Tower didn’t leave me breathless. We spent a total of 4 days in Paris and never missed a chance to see the Eiffel. It didn’t matter that we had already went during the day and the night. It didn’t even matter that it was drizzling during one visit. The Eiffel was just too beautiful for words.
A little over a year ago, Vergs saw an image of the Eiffel Tower on my laptop’s wallpaper. A few months after, and he gave me one of the most amazing birthday gifts ever.
When Vergs surprised me with our first Eurotrip, I was beyond speechless. He had planned everything — something he rarely ever does. He likes leaving the messy parts for me. He was so happy telling me about his gifts. He'd show off the pages of our itinerary one by one.
“Barcelona, Rome, Florence, Venice, Paris!! We get to see the Eiffel!!”
I. Was. Floored.
The Eiffel Tower is iconic. It’s one of the most prominent images of Paris. You know how people say Paris is the city of love? To me, Paris was the city of the Eiffel. I always dreamed of seeing it one day. I never quite knew when exactly, but I thought about it in the same way a lady thinks of owning a Birkin. Someday maybe. Not now, but hopefully someday.
I got a head start on my research, once I found out we were going to Paris. I asked friends for recommendations. I listened to Rick Steves’ Paris audio guide, while Vergs slept on the flight. I excitedly took down notes whenever I could. When Vergs woke up, I couldn’t stop yapping about the Eiffel Tower.
"Did you know the Eiffel used to be red? Did you know the French wanted the Eiffel taken down before? Did you know the Eiffel’s height changes according the temperature?!"
Vergs and I first met the Eiffel Tower on our first night in Paris. I was freezing, so I bought a pair of gloves from one of the street stalls. The coat I had on did wonders for my outfit but didn’t really serve any warming purpose. Classic face palm moment, I know.
We were in a hurry because we didn’t want to miss the Eiffel Tower in all its lit up glory. We heard the Tower was set to sparkle every hour on the dot.
A good amount of time was spent taking photos and videos. But after a while, all we could do was just stare in awe. It was the perfect end to our first night in Paris.
Our stay in the city of love was pretty foggy. I mean that in the literal sense. It was mostly a game of hide and seek with the Eiffel Tower. On some days, the clouds would completely cover the tower, making it disappear from plain sight. It’s the reason why we decided against going up the Tower. We wouldn’t be able to see anything but gray clouds. To make up for it, we decided to make it a point to see the Eiffel everyday.
I don’t entirely know when I can visit Paris again. But for some strange reason, I don’t regret not going up the Tower. Somehow those moments spent ogling up at the Eiffel seem more than enough.