Below is a quick glimpse of the Eiffel Tower when it’s sparkling with lights. This happens every night for the first 10 minutes of every hour. I can see why locals could be annoyed when it was built in the 1880s. The architecture and style doesn’t seem to mesh well with the architecture of the monuments and churches in the city. Though now the Eiffel Tower is clearly an iconic image of Paris, it was originally only to be in place for 20 years.
The radio tower on the top was able to intercept secret messages including one that led to the arrest of the spy Mata Hari. During WWII, Hitler wanted to go to the top of the tower, but someone cut the power lines to the elevator so he had to walk all the way up. They were working again shortly after he left. In 1948, a circus elephant made it up to the first level. In 1969, a skating rink was put in place beneath the tower, and a Moscow circus bear was the first to take a spin on the ice. Around 4 million people visit the Eiffel Tower every year. This year, I will not be one of them. Though it does look nice when it sparkles, I don’t feel a need to climb it again!