The Eiffel Tower on a Clear Night with a Full Moon

When you think of Paris, do you immediately picture the Eiffel Tower? I do. Apparently some people hate it, but I think it’s beautiful. On many of our walks, we’ll see it in the distance down a street or peeking above some tall row of buildings.

Eiffel Tower Peaking Through

And today, a clear, warm fall day in Paris, the day of the October full moon, the Eiffel Tower became personal for me. 

Our thought was to take the metro to the Eiffel Tower, climb to the top (good exercise, you understand) and come home to marvel at our wonderful workout and prepare a simple dinner. But the day had other plans and we ended up at the top of the tower well into the evening and enjoyed an impromptu dinner out.

Eiffel Tower 1

The sky was gray when we stepped into the ‘stairs-only’ line to climb, we thought, to the top. By the time we were near the ticket counter, more than an hour later, the sky had cleared completely and here was the line behind us.

Eiffel Tower 3

We started up the stairs behind two darling, French boys and their father who had entertained us during our wait in line.

Eiffel Tower 2

From the first floor, we could stand on glass looking down at the lines of people below.

Eiffel Tower 1 floor up

Then up, up, up to the second floor, already a beautiful view.

Eiffel Tower 4
Eiffel Tower 8

And then confusion – where are the rest of the stairs? But it’s the end of the pedestrian path and we have to get in line, once again, for a ticket to the top. (It’s still less than $20 for both tickets, so who can complain!?)

Eiffel Tower 5

Somehow we’ve missed that tonight is the full moon – and when we reach the top, well…there’s this. And so many unobstructed views of all angles of the city.

Eiffel Tower 7
Eiffel Tower 6
Eiffel Tower 9

When we’d had our fill of evening views, we scurried down the stairs to enjoy the 5-minutes an hour Eiffel Tower sparkle and then off to have some French Onion Soup for Keith and a Nicoise Salad for me.

Eiffel Tower






10 responses to “The Eiffel Tower on a Clear Night with a Full Moon”

  1. Suzanna Avatar

    How fun and wonderful. Thank you for the tour.

    1. Marissa Avatar

      I just wish you would have REALLY been with us – that much more fun. xo

  2. Natasha @ Salt and Lavender Avatar
    Natasha @ Salt and Lavender

    Ah the Eiffel Tower. I can laugh about it now, but the first and only time I’ve been in Paris was on a trip with my sister, and we literally fought the whole time. So, I have memories of us screaming at each other under the tower hahaha. Good times.

    1. Marissa Avatar

      That’s a perfect example of how visiting some iconic place ends up giving you a personal connection. It’s one of the best things about travel, don’t you think? Even a sibling argument can end up being funny in retrospect. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Dorothy Dunton Avatar
    Dorothy Dunton

    Hi Marissa! One again, thank you for graciously sharing your wonderful trip with all! I am in awe seeing these photographs! Your descriptions of everything have me seeing, smelling and tasting Paris! If I close my eyes I’m there! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Marissa Avatar

      So sweet, Dorothy! Thank you for wanting to follow along…xo

  4. Mon Petit Four (@byMonPetitFour) Avatar
    Mon Petit Four (@byMonPetitFour)

    Absolutely breathtaking, non? My heart swells with happiness and love for that city and that monument. Isn’t it so crazy how the Parisians absolutely hated it when it was first built? They were apparently afraid it might fall and crash on top of them at any moment. If only they knew this would be so iconic now and a true tourist attraction…it’s magnificent. I’ll be visiting Paris this December, and your pictures have me counting down the days! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Marissa Avatar

      I’m so glad you’ll be visiting in December, Beeta! I just wish our paths were going to cross here – but California instead. Yay!! So excited to meet you.

  5. KevinIsCooking Avatar

    Thanks for sharing, great photos and that view from the top – wow!

    1. Marissa Avatar

      It really is an amazing view – so worth waiting in line. ๐Ÿ™‚

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