Visiting the Eiffel Tower was at the top of Alex's list of things to see in Paris. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect day. It had warmed up a lot from the day before and the sun was shining brightly!
It's well organized with two separate lines depending on if you were taking the elevator or taking the stairs. The line-ups were huge, but the one for the climbers moved very quickly. There are three levels. You can walk up only as far as the second. If you want to go to the top you have to take the elevator. It's my understanding the third level is very windy and the view is lovely but it's more difficult to pin-point specific sites of Paris.
Since I'd already been up the tower on a previous visit Margaret and Alex walked the stairs on their own while I sat on a bench to people watch. Their whole "trip" took an hour which included the wait in line.
For lunch that afternoon we decided to treat ourselves to lunch at Ladurée on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. We had a leisurely three hour - three course lunch. It's a lovely restaurant with a wonderful atmosphere and the food was delicious! It was worth every Euro and I highly recommend it.