Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 18, 2014: Just How Popular is the Eiffel Tower?


This popular: these are the crowds on a weekday afternoon in early August. With tickets for the elevators to the top sold out well in advance and long lines for walk-up tickets, the Tower has certainly lost none of its popularity.


We went to look near the end of our time in Paris; surprisingly, up to that point, we hadn't even seen it, except a brief glimpse from the highway as we returned from a weekend in Normandy. Here's the view of the tower from the Avenue P. Kennedy station on the RER commuter train.




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Hope you were able to keep your wallet in that throng.  Exactly the kind of place Paris' expert pick-pockets like to frequent.


And yes, it's amazing popular, even well into the evening.

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