Snowball fight in front of the Eiffel Tower.

Snowball fight in front of the Eiffel Tower.
Im in Paris while it is snowing!

Paris in the winter sounds so romantic! It is beautiful but oh so cold! It was the start of winter and one of the first snow days that we arrived in Paris. The Eiffel tower was closed to tourists but the snow fascinated us just as much as it never snows in South-Africa where we are from. We felt like kids as we got to have our very first snowball fight, right in front of one of the world’s most iconic monuments. It was amazing! The only downside being that by the time we were done, we were freezing as we were definitely not dressed warm enough for the cold weather. 

Did you know:

  • The Eiffel Tower was originally built as the entrance arch for the World’s Fair in 1889.
  • It is named after Gustave Eiffel, whose company was in charge of the project.
  • The Eiffel Tower is 320 metres (1050 feet) in height and was the tallest man made structure in the world for 41 years before being surpassed by the Chrysler Building in New York.
  • The Eiffel Tower is made of iron and weighs around 10000 tonnes.
  • Around 50 tonnes of paint are added to the Eiffel Tower every 7 years to protect it from rust.
  • Despite its height, the Eiffel Tower was designed to be wind resistant, swaying only a few inches in the wind. It actually moves further when the iron on the sun facing side heats and expands, moving the top up to 7 inches (18 centimetres) away from the sun.
  • Temperature also alters the height of the Eiffel Tower by up to 6 inches (15 centimetres).
  • Millions of people climb the Eiffel Tower every year and it has had over 250 million visitors since its opening.

Have you been to Paris in the winter? If so, what did you do?

My first visit to Paris!

My first visit to Paris!
Me in Paris, France!!

My very first visit to Paris, France was in 2004. My friend Rene and I had been planning our weekend away for weeks and I could not wait for our Paris adventure. Unfortunately I got the mumps that week, but the doctor assured me that by Friday it would not be contagious anymore. Not going to let a bit of a headache, fever or swollen face stop me we were off to Paris.

I couldn’t really move my head or eat anything, and was dosed up on pain meds most of the time, but other than that I had a fabulous time exploring Paris! But from the look of my photos I didn’t take that many, and the photos that I did take were not all in focus. I blame this all on the pain meds though.

We stayed in a small hostel in the Montmartre district and had a couple of very steep steps to climb up every morning and evening. We got to start our day with coffee and strawberries on the steps of the Montmartre. We took a boat ride through Paris from where we had some of the most beautiful views of the city before visiting the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral.

We did walk down the Champs-Elysees where we had a glass of wine before going up the Arc de Triomphe. and calling it a day. The next morning we got to visit the Louvre  museum for a couple of hours before heading to the Eiffel tower. I got a couple of shots of the Eiffel tower in focus before we made our way up to the top and one semi blurry photo from the top that I could use.

Although I did not do a great job of capturing this weekend on photos it was a fabulous weekend. And luckily it was not my last visit to Paris.

Wordless Wednesday in Paris

Published as part of Wordless Wednesday.