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Maciamo
27-08-07, 22:14
Paris is the most visited city in the world. It's most famous symbol is the Eiffel Tower. Personally, I am particularily fond of it. It's just a kind of giant TV antenna a bit nicer and older than average. I would never put it on my top 20 list of sights in Paris. In fact, I wonder if any reasonably nice house in Paris should not be considered more beautiful than the Eiffel Tower. Its only merits are its height and its originality (iron in a city of stone).

I have just seen a documentary about the Plaza Athénée Hotel, Paris' most prestigious hotel. They were creating a huge Royal Suite at a cost of 1.5 million euro. They said that one of the greatest asset of the suite was the view on the Eiffel Tower !! I couldn't believe my ears. The hotel is splendid, a true palace. In fact that very suite was a small palace in itself. What the heck would customers staying there care about such a tacky and over-photographed attraction as the Eiffel Tower ? I can't understand.

Likewise, I wonder why the Atomium (or Manneken Pis, for that matter) is frequently ranked as one of the top sights in Brussels, when it clearly does not make my top 10. Yet it is more original than the Eiffel Tower. Were the two of them in the same city, I would rank the Atomium just before the Eiffel Tower, yet towards the bottom of the famous sights.

Your opinion ?

Kinsao
30-08-07, 10:59
The Eiffel Tower is... okay. I don't dislike it at all. Although I have never been up it, I must say (I imagine the view from the top is amazing! But the view from Sacre Coeur is excellent too :cool:). I agree that it is perhaps not as 'special' as people are led to believe, in terms of being a spectacular sight.

Maciamo
30-08-07, 11:05
If it is only to see the view from the top, it means that the tower itself is not the sight, but it's just a place from where to see more beautiful places. The Montparnasse Tower is just like that as well (but definitely uglier).

Dutch Baka
25-09-07, 14:40
I've been inside the Eiffel Tower twice now, and still love it. The only thing I don't like are the long waiting lines on the ground floor and the second floor. It has a splendid view over Paris, and the view I like most is when you can see all the roads leading to the Arc 'de Triomphe

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/95/Towards_the_Arc_de_Triomphe_from_the_Eiffel_Tower. jpg/800px-Towards_the_Arc_de_Triomphe_from_the_Eiffel_Tower. jpg

Elizabeth van Kampen
26-09-07, 08:49
The Eiffel Tower looks impressive when you fly over Paris.
The lift in the Tower is also quite special.
The food in the restaurant is good, sitting and eating there looking over Paris is really something.
The view from the Eiffel Tower over Paris is magnificent

And I love Paris.

Starship
05-10-07, 17:36
I have been to Paris twice, went up the tower once the first time. I remember the que's, the lads selling the toy birds that flap about - I remembered seeing them in a movie before, it was very crowded and hot. On the way down the elevator would not go flush with the floor about a foot to high and so the operator could not close the door. She gave a big smile and told us all to jump in the air together and as we landed it bumped the elevator down and in to position. We all laughed - when I think of it now!

I have no desire to go up again - not for mysake anyway but maybe the kids when they are older, its a very small and unimportant part of Paris a novelty but mind you a great landmark if your like me and forever getting lost in those charming but utterly confusing streets.

pierrejacques
19-11-07, 11:06
I would never put it on my top 20 list of sights in Paris. Likewise, I wonder why the Atomium (or Manneken Pis, for that matter) is frequently ranked as one of the top sights in Brussels, when it clearly does not make my top 10. Yet it is more original than the Eiffel Tower. Were the two of them in the same city, I would rank the Atomium just before the Eiffel Tower, yet towards the bottom of the famous sights.
Your opinion ? hmmm ... excluding the Eiffel Tower from the top 20 may be a bit harsh in my opinion, but I certainly also will not rate it as the ultimate must-see in Paris. There are a number of other attractions which I think would be more enjoyable, especially some of the museums. The fuss about Manneken Pis really baffles me (I see nothing particularly noteworthy about it), though I wouldn't mind visiting the Atomium!

road-finder
12-02-09, 19:03
It is not so remarkable as many people guess....

Miss Marple's nephew
20-02-09, 14:25
Do you like the Eiffel Tower ?

Not very much. The story of how it was built is much more interesting than the tower itself.

Cambrius (The Red)
10-02-10, 16:01
A great monument, no question.

let`s talk
10-02-10, 17:46
It is like a science fiction. Especially at night.

LeBrok
11-02-10, 21:30
Not very much. The story of how it was built is much more interesting than the tower itself.

I love the story too. Guy was a genius on many fronts no doubt.
By itself the structure is amazing, and was a masterpiece of technology when it was built.

One other hand I always felt that the structure doesn't fit Paris architecture and stands out too much.

edao
13-02-10, 02:42
I think it a pretty original monument. :good_job:

The London Eye on the other hand looks horrendus like some kind of depressing ferris wheel. I did hear that it was supposedly the most visited tourist attraction in the world whether that is true or no I don't know, but im sure it a fair old money spinner. Why anyone would want a birds eye view of London I have no idea. Maybe they would double their turnover if they let people jump off the top. :laughing:

Maciamo
13-02-10, 11:25
I think it a pretty original monument. :good_job:

The London Eye on the other hand looks horrendus like some kind of depressing ferris wheel. I did hear that it was supposedly the most visited tourist attraction in the world whether that is true or no I don't know, but im sure it a fair old money spinner. Why anyone would want a birds eye view of London I have no idea. Maybe they would double their turnover if they let people jump off the top. :laughing:

I have lived in London and been countless times to Paris and never bothered to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower or ride the London Eye. :wary2: Yet, I am the kind of person who needs to see everything when visiting a city. They just don't rank in my top 50 for either city. The view is the only interest, but I got other views from other spots.

sawyer
26-02-10, 14:59
it looks like lots of steel... Nothing special. It's high, and it's a some kind of symbol of france and paris, but it's like pfff.. There are so many beaufitul places in Paris, i don't understand why this tower is so famous?

travellermimi
08-11-10, 10:32
Absolutly love the place!

Sid71
11-11-10, 11:13
Very beautiful monument...........One must experience wonderful views from its top...........

Melusine
11-11-10, 18:34
When I went to Paris six years ago, we ate at the restaurant at the top of the Eiffel Tower. We were surrounded by tourists, only the staff were French! The experience was very nice. However, when we left, there was an instantanious "strike" by all the public and taxi services as a protest, so we had to "walk", back to our hotel (not near by), and I took my highheeled shoes of and walked back and enjoyed the scenery, and ended up crossing the bridge where Princess Diana had her fatal accident. That was a "serindipity event" for sure.

As an American, I am "partial to Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, because he designed the iron pylon and secondary skeletal framework for the Statue of Liberty.

Melusine

Yorkie
13-11-10, 19:13
I prefer Blackpool Tower.

zaratustra
14-11-10, 18:26
well,i ve never been to france,so i cannot express my opinion about that.i ve heared also that french people are much more sovinists than people from other countries.

binx
23-02-11, 20:35
When I went to Paris six years ago, we ate at the restaurant at the top of the Eiffel Tower. We were surrounded by tourists, only the staff were French!

Melusine

Wasn't you a tourist too?

Melusine
25-02-11, 00:27
Binx,

OUI!!!

I was hoping to see French people eating there too.

Melusine

Gavroche
25-05-11, 10:15
I'm not a big fan of the Eiffel tower.

For me "Le Mont st Michel" should be our symbol...

Reinaert
25-05-11, 20:17
Well.. It's a monument of steel construction techniques.
Nothing to make a lot of fuzz about.

I don't like big cities anyway.

Valmir
25-05-11, 22:14
I'm not a big fan of the Eiffel tower.

For me "Le Mont st Michel" should be our symbol...

Wow, Mont st Michel looks much better than Eifel...

blackholemix
02-06-11, 12:07
The Eiffel Tower is one of the most beautiful places in Paris to visit. Beautiful.

Gavroche
23-09-11, 15:09
****sorry****

Gavroche
23-09-11, 15:12
French people or Parisians?
Did you say "bonjour" or "excusez-moi"?

Tariq38
22-10-11, 14:17
its beautiful...why did that question even passed your head..????

oakweb
23-10-11, 03:07
how I love to see the Eiffel tower! it's the most visited place..one day I will be there!

Antigone
25-10-11, 06:10
Most major cities have at least one easily identifiable thing that symbolises that city and is also promoted as such to bring in the tourist dollars. For London it is usually Big Ben, Athens the Acropolis, New York the Statue of Liberty, Rome the Coloseum, Sydney the Opera House, Cairo the Pyramids and for Paris it is the Eiffel Tower.

But, I agree with the OP. There are more wonderful places to visit in Paris than that steel monstrosity.

gervais
24-03-12, 12:37
When I was young, I thought the Eiffel Tower dowdy, but I since changed opinion.
The Eiffel Tower overlooked the city of Paris. When we approach Paris by the road, our glance is inexorably attracted by it. We see it of very very far! I find its beautiful form, at the same time, simple and impressive by its size.

Chris
20-02-13, 21:46
C'est magnifique! A icon of the age.

Michel Gilson
12-05-13, 01:19
It is hard to imagine Paris without the Eiffel Tower.Overall I like it, however the Arc de Triumph is perhaps my favorite landmark in Paris.

Cambrius (The Red)
23-08-13, 16:04
It's a great iconic structure. Paris is less without it.

Sky earth
26-08-13, 22:13
The Eiffel Tower is the sign of Paris. You MUST see the Eiffel Tower when you travel to Paris. I was there in July 2013 and it was absolutely amazing. Especially in the night when the tower is golden and sparkling.

Skerdilaidas
15-08-14, 05:49
Yes, it's amazing.

FunkyWanderer
18-02-15, 02:50
Worth sitting under the eiffel tower to enjoy an afternoon with someone you love.

FunkyWanderer
18-02-15, 02:51
oui oui hon hon! lol

Drax
19-02-15, 19:20
Yes of course !!!!

oriental
20-02-15, 02:35
Funny Face (1956) Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire(Austerlitz)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6XZjNiZjsg

Aberdeen
20-02-15, 15:27
When the Eiffel Tower was first constructed, many people regarded it as an obnoxious symbol of modernism and industrialist brutalism. It was only after the Eiffel Tower had been there for a few decades that it generally came to be regarded as a beloved symbol of Paris.

Melancon
21-02-15, 08:01
I have French ancestry; I never really thought much of it. It's ok, but I think it is kind of overrated.

oriental
26-02-15, 00:48
Locals have always had a jaded view of their landmarks. In Hong Kong I never thought too much about the Star Ferries nor the Gateway of India in Bombay nor the Victoria Memorial in Calcutta, Toy Trains in Darjeeling when I was in India nor the CN Tower when I was in Tironto nor Picasso's Bird by the Mayor Daley's courtyard. But when I left those places they seemed more worthy. Maybe it is the distance or not seeing it so often. Familiarity breeds contempt, I guess.

They are going to add wind turbine(s) to the Eiffel Tower.

http://www.gizmag.com/eiffel-tower-wind-power/36266/

oriental
26-02-15, 02:42
Eiffel Tower to get makeover

http://www.gizmag.com/eiffel-tower-sustainable-makeover/31164/

Aberdeen
27-02-15, 20:28
Eiffel Tower to get makeover

http://www.gizmag.com/eiffel-tower-sustainable-makeover/31164/

Maybe France could enter a public/private contract with the Disney Corporation to have them do the reno to make it more appealing to American tourists, with bright lights and maybe a casino or water slide.

Let's hope nobody takes that suggestion seriously. The Eiffel Tower is now old enough to be architecturally interesting just as it is.

oriental
28-02-15, 00:03
I am not a fan of private-public financing. BC's previous Premier Gordon Campbell (now Canada's representative in Britain) accomplished a lot using that strategy before the 2010 Winter Olympics. However, it created a resort town situation where multi-millionaires buy up real estate just to ski in Whistler in the winter. Real estate in Vancouver is the highest in the world only after Hong Kong i.e. P/E Ratio Price/Earnings(Income) is out of line unless the buyers are offshore or investment companies. the rario is over 100:1. I don't have the figures with me right now.

The Lower Mainland is separated by rivers and a lot of bridges need to be built and a lot of old bridges are also need to be replaced. The province really got screwed when Campbell turned crown corporations into private companies. Prices are going up and the BC Liberals (not really liberal but conservative, a misnomer I would say) cut a lot of services a la Stephen Harper.

The Portman Bridge is a problem as it was a private-publicly financed and people are avoiding the bridge as there is a charge of $3 for each crossing. Everyone is using the Potulla (?) Bridge which is quite decrepit.

Aberdeen
28-02-15, 01:02
I hope you realize I was being sarcastic. Public/private partnerships have always been about private corporations looting the public purse while ignoring public interests. I hope the disease doesn't spread to the Eiffel Tower. And it wasn't my intention to take the thread off topic - it was just a passing remark about two possible dangers (the Disneyfying of venerable landmarks and corporations seeing public renovation projects as as opportunity to loot and pillage).

oriental
28-02-15, 02:24
Ha, I remember Disney taking over the Mounties' image!

I vaguely remember seeing an old movie where a con artist had pocket-sized replicas of the Eiffel Tower that he was smuggling.

Have no fear of the Eiffel Tower's demise as even a Bollywood movie has scenes in the Eiffel Tower.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGaYUvMvw1Y

Crosby
17-08-15, 10:34
Paris is the most visited city in the world. It's most famous symbol is the Eiffel Tower. Personally, I am very fond of it. I have been there about two years ago with my family. We visited more attractions like, Disneyland Paris, Centre Georges Pompidou too, I just love with this place and want to go there again and again.

Boreas
17-08-15, 10:45
I prefer artistic crafting as the Statue of Liberty, instead of steel construction.

Jaim
18-08-15, 13:22
Yes, I like Eiffel Tower very much. It is a nice way to explore the beauty of Paris. This Tower is the most famous landmark in this country. I am very happy to join this community. It is filled with my interest. I can easily learn many things here. Thanks to make me a member of this great community.

Crosby
23-09-15, 08:22
All the member have shared very nice views about Eiffel tower.I would love to share here my views about this place that, I also have been visited there once in my life it is nice place. You are right Jaim This community is just filled with a lots of experience. I am glad that you like to drop here your views.

Shara
28-10-15, 07:58
There is no doubt in it that Eiffel tower is a place where visitors can enjoy freely. My uncle have visited many of the time with his family and had great time there. He was saying that I should go there, But at that time I want to get little information about the place.

Shara
29-10-15, 07:51
I can assume that how big lover you are about the Eiffel Tower. I would like to see some images that maybe you captured there during your tour and also like to know about your memories which you made there.

sofitofi
07-05-19, 10:48
I do, I hope I will see it before it burns down like Notre Dame