The Magnificent Eiffel Tower

posted by Sharon September 30, 2014 25 Comments
Paris Eiffel Tower

These are days you’ll remember.
Never before and never since, I promise, will the whole world be warm as this.
And as you feel it, you’ll know it’s true that you are blessed and lucky.
It’s true that you are touched by something that will grow and bloom in you.
—10,000 Maniacs

One day I’ll remember forever is my recent visit to the Eiffel Tower.  All my life I’ve seen images of this icon of Paris. To come face to face with this immense tower–oh, my. What a wonder!

It is gigantic. You  hear that it is 1,000 feet high and the statistic flits right out of your head. But when you stand dwarfed underneath it, you experience how tall that really is!

The design is complicated and intricate, far more than it appears from a distance. The metal is held together with more than 2 million rivets. These metal pieces, each so small, work together to hold up the massive structure. And it’s been standing since 1889.

The tower affords a 360-degree panorama of Paris.

Look at the Seine flowing along, with its tiny toy boats.

The tan U-shaped buildings make up the Louvre, once home to kings and queens.

Can you find the Arc de Triomphe?

You see from up here the jumbled layout of the streets of this amazing city.

The Eiffel Tower is currently three shades of brown. When presented to Paris to commemorate the French Revolution, the tower was painted red. As much as I love it today, I think a return to  red would make it really “pop” in the sky.

Did you know that a park spreads out from the Eiffel? Parisians loll on the lawn, picnic, stroll. I suspect this scenery never grows old, even for those who live here.

The magnificence, the history, the universal recognition of this symbol of the City of Light — being in its presence touches something in me. If you get the chance, hang out at this tower. Marvel at the design. Travel up in it and take in the vistas of Paris. I think you’ll find it to be a day you’ll always remember–and treasure.

Linking up with Texture Tuesday, Wednesday Around the World, and Sweet Shot Tuesdays. Photo edited with Kim Klassen’s texture May. Also linking up with a song-inspired party, Song-ography, where the theme this week is “These Are the Days” by 10,000 Maniacs.

 

 

 

 

 

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25 Comments

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Judith September 30, 2014 at 1:45 am

Thank you for this beautiful post. Most of us may never be able to see this personally. Thank you!

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Jeanne stone September 30, 2014 at 2:09 am

Paris is one of my favorite cities . Your shots otf this are great ant hope you got to the very top. Strange to think that the plan was to remove this “eyesore” as soon as the world fair ended

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prairiejill September 30, 2014 at 5:19 am

Gorgeous shots! Makes we want to go back to Paris again!

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nicki September 30, 2014 at 8:25 am

You got some amazing images. Fantastic!

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Tamar September 30, 2014 at 9:17 am

Wow! You took some amazing pictures of this amazing structure! The views are spectacular!

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FlowerLady Lorraine September 30, 2014 at 9:39 am

Great photos! My husband and I saw this in the spring of 1973, when we were on a two month back pack tour, by Eurail, of 9 countries, before coming home after living 3 years in Spain while DH did his tour of Navy duty there.

Paris was beautiful and we spent 6 days there. We had our guide book Europe on $5-$10 a day, cameras, canteens and we were young.

Thank you for bringing back sweet memories ~ FlowerLady

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Becs September 30, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Great shots. I used to live in Paris and I’ve never been up the Eiffel Tower! We are back in October, I’m definitely going up this time. What amazing views, thank you for sharing them.

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Carol Blackburn September 30, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Hi Sharon, how wonderful to see so many gorgeous photos of the Eiffel Tower and the vistas. I have only seen it on Google Earth. I like to armchair travel around the world, I only with it were in realtime.

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Carol Hart September 30, 2014 at 1:26 pm

What amazing views of Paris! Brings back fond memories. Thank you!

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Kathy September 30, 2014 at 1:27 pm

Oh my…I remember when I saw the Eiffel Tower for the first time too…YOWZA! It literally takes your breath away, doesn’t it! Love those clouds and blue sky you have for the perfect backdrop! Thank you for linking up to Song-0graphy!

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kim September 30, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Yay! You are back! I hope you had a wonderful time and I can’t wait to hear more. I love these angles on the tower. Beautiful.

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Ida P. Krause September 30, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Wow I just did get a chance to see this through you fabulous photos. They showed such different views of the tower, the intricate details on it and angles you don’t normally see. I loved this post. This is how I travel because I know that I’ll never be able to visit many of these places in real life so thank you for sharing it.

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lynn cockrell September 30, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Sharon, I have also long dreamed of seeing Paris and the wonderful things there, including the Eiffel Tower, the Seine, etc. Alas, I must wait a while longer but it does not stop my dreaming! Your photos are beautiful!

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Caz October 1, 2014 at 1:00 am

Awesome photos of the Eiffel Tower !

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Pieni Lintu October 1, 2014 at 8:07 am

Oh wow!! Looks so pretty!

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Molly October 1, 2014 at 12:29 pm

This is such a photographed structure but your images feel fresh and beautiful. The view over Paris is exceptionally clear which is fabulous as it is often a city that can be fairly hazy. Now I want to go back to Paris again

Mollyxxx

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Laura Hegfield October 1, 2014 at 12:38 pm

Such magnificent photos. I was last there when I was 17, a very long time ago.

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Kelleyn October 1, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Such an amazing piece of architechture!

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Life Images by Jill October 1, 2014 at 3:17 pm

The Eiffel Tower is certainly an amazing structure and the view from the top is wonderful. When we went to Paris about 9 years ago we could see Eiffel from our friend’s flat window – we knew we were in Paris. I love Paris!

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Barbara October 1, 2014 at 6:02 pm

The black &white one is amazing!!!

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Dotti C. Rinehart October 1, 2014 at 6:20 pm

Oh, what fun! I really enjoyed reading this and seeing your photos. We’re planning a visit to Paris next summer so this just whets my appetite!

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Englepappa October 1, 2014 at 7:12 pm

Great shots! I like your perspectives – you really manage to show how great the tower is! I visited the Eiffel tower back in 1997, but it was in the evening and the city was dark and enlightened. It was a lovely view! But next time (if ever…) I want to enter it in daylight. The view you are showing is amazing!

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Earl October 1, 2014 at 7:46 pm

Absolutely wonderful series of photos. Each is great by itself. Thanks for the memories of my visit in 1956. Not much has changed.

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Abrianna October 2, 2014 at 1:00 am

Beautiful photos. I really enjoyed my Paris visit with you.

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Catherine October 2, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Wonderful photos and background about the Eiffel Tower Sharon! Looks like you had a great time in the City of Light… p.s. did you make it to Berthillon 😉

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