The Eiffel Tower is Paris. Photos, Reflections and Meditations
The Eiffel Tower is the symbol of Paris. Built in 1889 to celebrate the Worlds Fair, it contains a combination of history, engineering, location and visual power unmatched by any other urban landmark.
It is the sense of visual dominance that amazes during a visit to Paris. It seems to pop up wherever you whether you are walking near the Seine, taking an elevated metro ride or looking out from a balcony. When you see it, the Eiffel Tower commands your attention more than 125 years after it was built. And for bonus points it sparkles every hour at night once in a show of thousands of small lights reflecting against the dark sky.
It starts with a massive base. Powerful yet delicate, an erector set gone mad.
It rises in a lattice work of metal.
Up into the sky.
It is beautiful in the day.
Fall. (Well sort of this was shot in August when it is really quiet).
Even though it has been photographed a million times, it is often not any easy object to shoot. It has a sense of scope, size and shape that make it a challenge. But that hasn’t stopped anyone from trying. Indeed, it the subject of millions of poses.
It is a scene. The scene of numerous weddings.
And bike rides. With a stop for coffee of course.
It peeks out from behind buildings.
Or just plain dominates the skyline.
You can enjoy the view from the left bank on a foggy night.
Or the right bank on a sunny day.
From the deck of a barge.
Or the splendor of the Trocadero.
And many times it is simply a great place to chill on a sunny day.
The Eiffel Tower is much more than a tower. It is what makes Paris Paris.
Want to dig deep? Here is a link to some history: http://www.history.com/topics/eiffel-tower
We have several apartments in the area, 5 to 10 minutes from the Eiffel Tower, a very easy walk. We look forward to hosting you there and seeing your photos of the Eiffel Tower.
Jules & Flo