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While in Paris last fall I really enjoyed going to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Gustave Eiffel is credited with overseeing the design, and building of this incredible, VERY open air structure, which literally stands as a testament to what late 19th century “modern engineering” could produce, and… in only about 26 months.
Conceived and presented as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris, a visitor sees the wonderful engineering details… starting at the massive four supporting legs anchored deeply near the Seine River. Above, is the beautiful, graceful lattice of 18,038 girders and connecting pieces joined together by some 2,500,000 rivets. The top observation level is 918 ft. (279 m) above the plaza and from there the very top of the tower is another 145 ft., or a total of 1063 ft. (324 m).
What intrigued me this time? The apartment built by “Gus” on the top. Can you imagine asking a friend over for a drink at “my apartment… it has a nice view!” NICE VIEW! I usually am not bothered by high places, but to most, hunkering down on the settee for an overnight in a small apartment perched atop a 1000 ft. tower would be ….worrisome! “How’s the weather?” Make that drink a double, please!
Above: From the Esplanade du Trocadero, across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower
Above: The first observations level, including “Le 58 Tour Eiffel” restaurant
Above: From the plaza at the base of the “lattice” work
Above: Pont Alexandre III, crossing the Seine, as seen from the 2nd observation level
Above: The 3rd level (two decks) and top of the tower
Above: Looking up at the very top, antenna’s, lights, beacons …
Above: Plaque telling of the apartment, on the upper deckAbove: The original top of the Eiffel tower, showing the apartment, – long since gone
Above: The awesome view from the upper deck, 3rd and highest observation level