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Parisian born and bred, Carole Blot, manager of the Hotel du Cadran, admits that she has loved the Eiffel Tower since she was a child. She can’t say exactly why, it’s just like that. With its impressive grandeur, it epitomises Paris – and what’s more, it’s a landmark for lovers! On her way to work, Carole gives it a friendly nod every morning, relishing her luck at being able to glimpse it every day, like a friend, when some people have to save up for years to come and see it from the other side of the globe (and of course, it’s the most visited monument in the world).

The Eiffel Tower, named after Gustave Eiffel, was built by him and engineers Nouguier and Koechlin in 1889 on the occasion of the Universal Exposition. It was supposed to have been dismantled at the end of the exhibition, but was saved at the last minute. It stands 318 m high including the TV mast, and reigns supreme over the Champs-de-Mars, the Seine and the Trocadéro (also built for the Universal Exposition).

A visit today is an opportunity to plunge into the atmosphere of the turn of the century – imagining the ladies in their long dresses carrying parasols and the gentlemen with their boaters. At that time there were fabulous restaurants in the pavilions on the first floor, including the Russian restaurant and the high-altitude theatre, which staged many successful plays. Today, the “Jules Verne” panoramic gourmet restaurant and the new “58 Tour Eiffel” restaurant and bar on the first floor attract Parisians and visitors alike. Don’t miss the exhibitions organised inside the old iron lady – cultural thrills guaranteed!

Opening times:
The Eiffel Tower is open every day all year round
– 9.30am – 11pm, January 1st – June 17 and August 29 – December 31
– 9am – midnight, June 18 – August 28.
Open until midnight on Easter weekend and during the spring holidays.

Photo credit: earcos