The Eiffel Tower – Yes, okay I know this one is generic, and it is the most famous landmark in the world after all, but pictures and articles still couldn’t prepare me for how magnificent this building truly is. For starters, I was surprised to see how big it really is in person – pictures don’t quite prepare you for it to be so tall! The first night I arrived in Paris, we went straight to our hotel in Montmartre, which is a decent way away from the Eiffel Tower, so we did not get to see it straight away. I remember the first glimpse I caught of it, the tip in the distance as we were passing the Louvre across the River Seine. It really took the air out of my lungs. It felt like a dream almost to finally view it in person. As we cruised through the CBD of Paris, we kept catching it glimpses of it behind buildings or glimmering across the river. So many different angles to view it from, each beautiful and unique. And finally, on the grass under the tower we sat in the warm European sunshine and took pictures and brought souvenirs off the friendly African vendors. It may be a generic tourist attraction, but there is a reason it is so popular. For an iron tower there is something just so beautiful and awe spiring about it.