What’s more disappointing than the Eiffel Tower in Paris? When you go to the capital for the first time, you only want one thing: to see the Iron Lady. And then we find ourselves in front of this big tangle of metal beams and we say to ourselves “all that for that? “Because yes, frankly, we don’t do more overrated than the Eiffel Tower…
1. Because you have to queue for 3 hours to hope to get on it
Certainly, it can be fun to admire the Iron Lady from the ground, when you are at the level of one of its pillars, but when you have to wait 3 hours to go up in one of the elevators, it is much less funny . As a result, we miss a lot of other things that are really nicer.
2. Because there are too many people (well… WHEN THERE IS NO WORLDWIDE PANDEMIC)
All tourists who come to Paris rush to the Eiffel Tower. As a result, it’s permanently shielded, there’s noise, we get pushed around and we end up leaving without even being able to take advantage of it.
Admittedly, it’s not really the case at the moment compared to everything Covid, variant and curfew, but you’ll see, when everyone is vaccinated in 17 centuries, it will come back.
3. Because in the end, it’s not that high
Much higher monuments, such as the Empire State Building (381 meters), the One World Trade Center (541 meters) or the Burj Khalifa (828 meters) have nevertheless quite outdated the Eiffel Tower and its very small 324 meters nothing at all.
4. Because it is mainly used to sell souvenirs
It’s like Valentine’s Day! A gigantic commercial enterprise that generates a lot of sick money to use a consecrated expression. In fact, the Eiffel Tower is above all a symbol of triumphant capitalism.
5. Because it costs a blind
We are currently repainting the Eiffel Tower. Coup operations: 40 million euros! All this for what ? To find yourself in the background on the photos of influencers?
6. Because this review on Trip Advisor
“A heap of obsolete scrap that is not worth visiting (…). Plus, you probably won’t even reach the second floor unless you paid too much and waited in a 5-mile queue…”. This review could have entered the Pantheon of the funniest opinions left on Tripadvisor.
7. Because you can admire it from home for a few euros
Just go to any souvenir shop in Paris and buy a reproduction of the Tower. Quiet.
8. You can’t even bungee jump
Oh sure, there’s this guy, New Zealander Alan John Hackett, who jumped from the second floor of the Eiffel Tower in 1987 (wearing a tuxedo) but otherwise it’s forbidden. What’s the point of having built something so high if you can’t jump up there to get thrills?
9. Because the greatest rose up against her
“This truly tragic floor lamp” Léon Bloy. “This belfry skeleton” Paul Verlaine. “This tall, thin pyramid of iron ladders, an unsightly and giant skeleton, whose base seems made to support a formidable monument to Cyclopes, and which aborts into the ridiculous and thin profile of a factory chimney. ” Guy de Maupassant. Émile Zola was not a fan either.
10. Because it has often been imitated and often equaled too
There are plenty of copies of the Eiffel Tower, quite valid elsewhere, and much more accessible, in Las Vegas, Macau, Brussels and even in Élancourt in the Yvelines, in the France miniature park.