This Colosseum of iron is Paris’s unique identifier. My first mistake was to judge proximity based on the visibility of the tower. Painfully and a about what seemed like a million blocks later I learnt that it was not a smart move.
The best time to visit the Eiffel tower is in the morning. Start from the Cite de l’Architecture.
The sheer size of its base dwarfs you. On walking under it I could not help but feel like an insignificant mini me.