Thursday, March 25, 2010

Stuck in the Eiffel Tower!


Those who follow me on Twitter or Facebook will not be surprised to see this photo! Here is why: today, I went to the Eiffel Tower (for work!) and I took the elevator to go up (call me lazy if you want, I don't care!). When we landed on the first floor the doors refused to open. They had to "play with the cabin" for a good 10 minutes before they actually managed to free us! No harm, no worries, just a good laugh in fact. I wonder if these elevators used to work better at the time there was an operator sitting outside the cabin, like this man in blue that they now replaced with a mannequin to remind the visitors of the good old times!

29 comments:

  1. Eiffel Tower should be amazing place where to work!

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  2. Yep. You're an Aquarian.

    Unusual ET view. Just when I thought I had seen it all. ;-)

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  3. I was there (and stuck as well)
    :)

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  4. Interesting view of ET... So glad you were safely rescued.

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  5. That's a very cool and unusual shot of the Iron Lady. I don't remember these guys but I do remember the guys punching holes in the metro tickets. Seems like they were from the same era.

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  6. Thank goodness they got you out Eric lol! Quite an experience... :)

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  7. Glad you're out and safe, but also glad that you can share your experiences with us! (But I'm also glad that it wasn't for a long period of time!)

    Thanks for sharing such moments with us.

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  8. Glad you're out and safe, but also glad that you can share your experiences with us! (But I'm also glad that it wasn't for a long period of time!)

    Thanks for sharing such moments with us.

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  9. Why did I hear of this and think "That Suzy! I knew she'd catch Eric somehow!" lol

    I've never been stuck in the elevator yet, but I have seen this 'operator.'

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  10. Hey, if you have to get stuck in an elevator . . . might as well be someplace with a view—like the ET. Well done, Eric.
    Were there a lot of you in there? Did anyone freak out? (I was stuck in an elevator once with someone who was claustrophobic, and after about 3 minutes I just wanted to slap her until she passed out and put us both out of our misery!)

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  11. There are worse ways to spend a day of work than stuck in the Eiffel Tower! :)

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  12. Hmm. Stuck in an elevator. Not a good thing.
    Stuck in the elevator of La Tour Eiffel.
    Hmm.
    I suppose it depends on how high up you are and how crowded it is and if you're pressed up against the window or against a person or...
    I think I won't let my imagination go too far with this.
    I'm glad you're safe and sound. Thank you for reporting back with a great photo once again!

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  13. I'm glad you kept your sense of humor Eric. Personally I think I might have had some anxiety in a similar situation.
    I like this view from the inside .

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  14. Am amazed you were able to send a tweet while still stuck in the lift.

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  15. I said it before and I'll say it again: it is a
    a privilege to be stuck in the Eiffel Tower!!!

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  16. Ahhh Twitter and Facebook...the new Press. How many tourists were you stuck with?

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  17. Eric, are you going thematic with "mannequins"? Mon dieu, they are all over Paris, non? And here I thought they were only in Hollywood, California where botoxin marries silicon. ;-) Glad you weren't stuck too long or they might start calling it zee 'awful tower.' (Shhh, don't tell Suzy I said that.)

    Alexa you are funny. I am with you on Ms Claustrophobe. ;-)

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  18. What's it like Eric to be held captive by a one hundred and eighty year old parisienne? I'd bet you'd sooner take your chances with the tower!

    Dermo

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  19. Apologies to the Iron lady, I meant one hundred and ten year old. Dammit!

    Dermo

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  20. Stuck in an elevator with an hysterical young driver during a blackout in Acapulco in 1961. He kept banging on the door and screaming,"Administrador! La senorita tiene miedo!!!" Keeping him calm kept me calm.

    I was concerned when I read your tweet. Glad your experience was more pleasant, Eric.

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  21. Ujima - LOOOOOL!!

    The elevators where I work are always on the verge of breaking - though they never seem to - they each do separate odd things. So, you get used to each one's "personality". I'll be laughing (to myself) at your story the next time a visitor freaks out in one of the lifts! I'm glad, Eric, you're such a staunch fellow and I'm glad, too, that it didn't turn into an ordeal.

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  22. I read "Eiffel's Tower" by Jill Jonnes last year and she went into great detail about the original lifts and how it was the last technical invention needed to open it. Seems that it was th first time a safety dead mans gear was added to a lift system....so although you might be paniced while stuck on the ET, youd be saf as that car isn't falling anywhere!


    Sean

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  23. I think Dermo meant: to be stuck with a one hundred and eighty year old parisienne or stuck with a tower. Painful, either way.

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  24. Hah! That's a new one I'd say. I remember getting stuck in a lift in the 15th where I used to live once. It went right to the top of the shaft, seemed to hit something it shouldn't have, and just stopped. I knew there was a massive hole below me and it was tempting to panic, but I made it out in the end. I guess the Eiffel Tower's cooler though. Love the cute little guys in blue anyway.

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  25. @Lynn. I can't believe you really called the tower while I was stuck in it!

    @Michael. I don't know, about 20.

    @Coltrane "Eric, are you going thematic with "mannequins"? Mon dieu, they are all over Paris, non" Well I don't know, but I'm an expert at spotting them LOL!

    @Ujima "I was concerned when I read your tweet. Glad your experience was more pleasant, Eric." In fact yes. I just twitted this because I thought it was funny. Not because I wanted to scare everyone. But I think it's sweet you all freaked out for me!

    @Sab. Gee that sounds really scary. Not at all like my experience I must say...

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  26. old skool..likes this!!!

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  27. A wonderful image! It's nice that you carry a camera. I love that they have a mannequin as a reminder, but a real person could be more helpful.

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