The Eiffel Tower marked another milestone in France’s recovery after the coronavirus shutdown and reopened to visitors on Thursday after the longest peacetime shutdown at 104 days.
Tourists dribbling back to Paris were delighted that the monument was open when some other attractions in the French capital remained closed. The Louvre Museum will not open again until July 6.
“It is very special, very special because it is only the Parisians,” says Annelies Bouwhuis, a 43-year-old visitor from the Netherlands. “We have seen many Parisians enjoying their city, enjoying their parks without all the tourists.”
Elevators that usually take visitors to the 324-meter-high wrought-iron Eiffel Tower remain closed, so for now people have to take the stairs.
Of the tower’s three decks, only the first two have been reopened. Those who made the climb on Thursday were rewarded with vistas and a light breeze in blazing summer weather.
“I booked the first slot because it will get very hot afterwards,” said Sabine Peaufils, a 57-year-old Parisian. “This is a real pleasure.”
According to director general Patrick Branco Ruivo, the tower lost $ 27 million ($ 30 million) due to the closure that began in March.
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