This trip took place in Summer 2013.
One can't possibly go to Paris and not see the Eiffel tower in person. Unfortunately, our trip coincided with the Eiffel tower staff strike, which meant nobody could go up to the observation deck. Disappointing for my friend since it was her first visit but I'd been up there before so it wasn't a big deal. I did enjoy the fact that I was there during 'golden hour' and so we spent some time eating terrible french crepes and crowd watching.