The prior pictures of the Eiffel Tower were from a night-time excursion. The line for tickets was wrapped around the entire plaza quadrant where the ticket office was. The expected wait for tickets was about two hours. It was raining so we didn’t want to wait.
So we tried coming back to buy tickets during the day, thinking the lines would be shorter. They were shorter, but as we were waiting in the queue, it started raining. Hard. And we had gambled earlier on leaving the house with no umbrella. So we were soaked by the time we reached the ticket counter. And then the unthinkable happened—the elevator we were queuing up for broke down, so they suspended ticket sales.
After waiting for twenty minutes with no progress, we broke from the line, and moved to the back of another ticket line across the plaza (sigh!). After twenty minutes in this line, it really started pouring down on us. We were already pretty drenched, and the thought of standing in line for another half-hour only to be rained on the entire time and all the time we were up on the tower didn’t really appeal to us. So we bailed. And never had a chance to go up on the Eiffel Tower.
Then just the other day I realized too late that you can buy tickets and reserve a time to go up on the elevators FROM THE EIFFEL TOWER WEBSITE! Let this be a lesson to anyone planning a trip to Paris. Always buy tickets for the Eiffel Tower online. At least we have something to look forward to on our next trip to Paris.
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