Hey friends! Wow, it’s been awhile. I’ve been taking a mental health break because I found that I wasn’t giving myself enough downtime for myself. So I took a month (which ended up being two months) off from this blog and spent that time reading, writing, painting, and drawing. It was very much needed and now I’m a lot more relaxed. I also just got back from my travels around Europe!! We visited London, Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam. I’ll have a blog post up soon all about that, as well as individual posts about each city (spoiler alert: Amsterdam is now my favorite city in the whole world). But for now, I thought I’d tell you about my terrifying experience visiting the Eiffel Tower in Paris for the first time!
We Were Trapped in the Eiffel Tower
Saturday, August 5, 2017
We were spending the evening in the Eiffel Tower. We had just finished our tour and were left to explore the tower on our own devices. My fiance and his family decided to go up to the very top floor while I stayed on the second floor (heights aren’t my favorite, and I SWORE I could feel the tower swaying slightly).
After Chris and his family returned, we got in the long line for the elevator in the shopping area on the second floor. Only it strangely wasn’t moving. We got out of the line and went outside to go down the stairs, except they were roped off. Then, we got in line for another elevator around the corner from the stairs and while there were people in the elevator, the lift operator wasn’t letting it move either. After about 30 minutes of trying to figure how to get down, a member of the staff finally told us there was a security incident on the ground and no one was allowed to leave or come in.
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We immediately got onto our phones to figure out what the hell was going on but were unable to find anything at that time. With the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, we were all terrified that we were in the midst of one. We were able to find out via Twitter that the police had thwarted a potential terrorist knife attack (thank our lucky stars). Read that article here. After a long hour of sitting on the floor in the shopping area trying to stay calm about being trapped in a small enclosed area, the staff announced that we were finally able to leave.
We immediately went to the staircase and climbed down the seemingly endless flight of stairs to the first floor. There, we got in line for the elevator (too many dizzying stairs) and waited for another 15 minutes or so to get on. Then, we finally got to the ground floor! Except… when the elevator door opened, we were packed like sardines into the two rooms because, guess what, a fricken second security incident.
This time, the staff wouldn’t tell us anything, just that this was for our own safety. I noticed that there were several staff members looking under staircases and around corners with mirrors to check underneath and immediately thought they were looking for a bomb. This was tentatively confirmed a week later after arriving back home to my coworkers telling me that there was a bomb threat, although I haven’t found any relevant news articles and I would think that there would be some.
Anyways, after about maybe 30 minutes, we were FINALLY evacuated onto a long street that was lined with policemen, military, and bomb squad personnel. It was very dark outside because the lights of the Eiffel tower were shut off and it felt like we were in a post-apocalyptic movie. At that moment, I started crying. I knew I was safe, but the whole experience had really shaken me.
So yeah, that’s the story of my terrifying experience of visiting the Eiffel Tower for the first time. The rest of our time in Paris was a dream, but I’ll get into that later.
Talk to you soon!
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