Gilles, an actor and our tour guide, made learning the history of the famous landmark exciting and interesting. Between learning the mechanics of the famous 45º elevators (pneumatic pumps!), that the tower was once red, and the location of the former bunker of Radio France - well, the view speaks for itself. If you'd like to read more about the tour, check here. It was definitely the best way to see the Eiffel Tower (bonus! you don't have to wait in any lines!)
The yellow tank is raised as a pneumatic counterweight to the elevators.
The yellow tank is now all the way down.
The view through the elevator's ceiling.
See this mass of people? This is a line. Because of the tour, we bypassed this line all together.
Champ de Mars (where we celebrated Bastille Day Fireworks)