Saturday, October 2, 2010

La Tour Eiffel



Well, I needed a little lift today at the end of a long week. What better way to achieve that than to gaze at this well-known landmark that always gives my heart a "flutter."



Getting the night shots with the paparazzi-gang of Janet, Marie, Mary, Maya, and Virginia made for a special evening in the glow of La Tour.

29 comments:

Shell Sherree said...

***Sigh*** This really has to be one of the most romantic views in the world, surely... And you've caught the glow beautifully. Wishing you a lovely weekend, Genie.

Andy said...

I found my way to your blog from a comment you left on "Meandering In Lotus Land". The first thing that captured my eye was that we are both using the same blog template. I started to examine your photos and found them very interesting. Keep up the good work.

Elisa said...

It´s always lovely :)
Have a nice weekend
Elisa, Argentina

shari @ little blue deer said...

It is especially gorgeous at night, Genie! Oooh, la la! XX!

Paris Paul said...

Gorgeous photo! I'm sure it was glowing especially bright the night your entourage was there. May this post lift your week as much as it has mine. Thanks, Genie!

Alexa said...

Hope you've given yourself the needed lift—you sure have given me one with this gorgeous image! Bon weekend, Genie.

Virginia said...

Oh I needed to have a look at her this morning myself! You know as many times as I've been to Paris, I still get that flutter when I stand there and look up at her.

"Your photo is stunning. Much sharper than mine.
Bon weekend!
V

M said...

Magnifique!! Bon weekend ma chère amie.

Rob-bear said...

Ah, je me souviens. We were flying back from our adventures in Israel and Egypt, and stayed overnight in Paris to meet our flight. What an interesting time!

Memories recaptured through a single picture.

Thank you.

JM said...

Great night shot!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Shell -- I agree and it has so many different "faces." The night shot is a favorite, thanks.

Andy -- I left you a comment on your blog as well. So glad that you found me through Wayne.

Elisa -- Merci, et toi aussi!

Shari -- It really is. The night we all photographed La Tour was one of the World Soccer Cup matches which was broadcast on a giant screen in front of La Tour. Needless to say, it was quite rowdy until the fans cleared out - hah!

Paul -- We had a blast meeting up at Place du Trocadero. We were there so long that some people had to "hike" home when the Métro closed just before midnight.

Alexa -- Yes, when I first see the ET on each trip, it really does make me a bit misty, probably because for so many years as a child I dreamed of actually seeing it. For many people it is a "tourist thing" but it says to me, "Yes, pinch yourself, you ARE here indeed!"

M -- Thanks for helping me schlep the tripod around and for being part of the paparazzi-gang! I am glad that we were not put on the street before arriving at our Métro stop!

Rob -- You have had some wonderful adventures it seems. I'm glad that this took you back to that trip and time.

JM -- From you, the expert of night shots, I appreciate your kind comment!

TheChieftess said...

Lovely shot Genie!!!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Merci beaucoup, Ms. Chief! Have a great weekend and good weather out West.

Ninny said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, Genie. I visit yours daily...years (and I do mean YEARS) ago, my sis (from Faded Roses) and I visited Paris. It was wonderful and I've yet to return, although one day The Hub and I might make a trip abroad to catch that beautiful city. I enjoy your photos very much and the commentary you add.

Lizdessic

Paula said...

A grand week of images, Genie. I think the final flourish is stunning!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Ninny -- Yes, I know you do (having just figured out how to read the "stats") and I greatly appreciate your interest. As a still-new blogger I am happy to know that people actually come here, and to think that some come every day just thrills me. Thanks for your comments today.
Bises,
G

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

And to think that the French didn't like it originally...

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Paula -- Many thanks for your comments. I have posted 81 days and this is my first photo of ET. It really is beautiful at night and when the lights twinkle..... le sigh.

Brittany -- I can almost understand what an unusual structure it was over 120 years ago but for those of us who love Paris, even from afar, it is the primary icon of the city.

Randy said...

I can only imagine what it would be like to see this vision in person. So glad it gave you a lift.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Randy -- and you will get there one day to see it in person yourself.

hollyb said...

Oh so many memories - my first visit to Paris, climbing the stairs,rushing to the top one night only to realize that the boyfriend was proposing when we reached the summit and the 'sparkles' went off, going with you for your first visit to Paris..
Sigh...let's go back right now!

James said...

What a beautiful photo! I love it!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Holly, ma chère fille, when the lights twinkle it does always remind me of you and John getting engaged. I'm so glad that we have been together so many times -- what fun we have.
Bises,
YY

James -- Merci! I should make this my screen saver. I do love the webcam of La Tour shown in real time.

Gringo said...

Beautiful shot Genie. I've never had the courage to climb up even to the first floor! Despite sailing above cities in a hot air balloon....!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Gringo -- Yes, that is curious. There are perfectly good stairs at ET and that hot air balloon is, is, well.... is just a bunch of hot air! Verrrrrry scarry!

Thanks for posting a comment here!

Margaret Bednar said...

This screams "POSTER" to me. Fantastic photos on this blog.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Margaret -- Merci! I found your blog, your reflection and left you a comment. Visit often.

jeannette said...

Great shot! I've been at the foot of it, waiting for father and son to do their Eiffel stairs tour!
An artist I know who painted the E.tower gave the history -amazing how people were angry at that time for an "crude" landmark, became so famous in later years!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Jeannette -- It is quite a hike up the stairs and I know that some people have trouble with the open stairs. I think that I would like to try it but have only done the elevator trip to the top. Like you, I am so glad that the monument was not removed.