In search of the top of the Eiffel Tower
Last night, I was with someone (I don't even remember who) on the
top of the Eiffel Tower. As a matter of fact, I have never been to
the top of the Eiffel Tower although I have been living in Paris
for eight years.
We were standing on the highest level accessible to the public, but I knew that there was a secret level above. So we started a fantastic journey.
First we passed over a fence, and walked up a kind of road. Don't
ask me how it is possible to find a road at the top of the Eiffel
So we walked for a while, and got to the top of a
mountain. However, that was not the top of the tower yet. We had to
walk down into the valley, then climb up the opposite side of the
mountain. So we did that, and it took a long time. Sometimes we had
to climb rocks, and that was not easy. I always thought we were
going to find the top of the tower real soon now.
Eventually, somehow I was below a trap door. I opened it, and I
happened to be in a university in the 13th district of
Paris. And I was still looking for the top of the Eiffel Tower,
although the tower stands in the 7th district.
Then I woke up, so I'll never know where the top of the Eiffel
Tower actually is.
Mountain walks when I was a child, the fact that I live in
the 13th district and passed an exam in a university a few weeks ago
(in another district) and a fantastic short story by Dino Buzzati
about the Eiffel Tower, that I read many years ago and never thought
about it afterwards, can probably be accounted for some of the
details, but the whole thing remains a mystery to me.