The Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel) was built by Gustave Eiffel’s in 1889 for the World’s Fair in Paris. It was supposed to be temporary and removed twenty years later. However by 1909 the use of Airships had become popular and the tower was viewed as a convenient docking station. Also the construction of radio towers on the top of the tower proved valuable during the first World War.
Today the tower is iconic and a symbolic of French Freedom. It was first viewed as being and ugly blip on teh master plan of Paris developed by L’Enfant. Now the city would not seem the same without the Tower. This picture was taken from the Trocadero plaza in 2009.
The Eiffel Tower remains closed today in the days following the cowardly bombings and murder in Paris. Although the creation of Gustave Eiffel’s masterpiece erected in 1889 was only supposed to a temporary entry arch for 1889 World’s Fair,it has remained to become the symbol of the city. I hope that soon the Champ de Mars is alive with people excited to ascend to the top and people flock to the Trocadero Plaza at sunset to see this sight.
The Pompidou Center is one of the greatest modern art museums in the world. If you manage to get all the way to the top you will also see one of the great views of Paris. It is worth the ride up the giant escalators listening to the drumscape provided my Mickey Hart just to see the view. Of course the top floor has some great exhibits too. The sculpture and water garden on the roof is invigorating as is the view. You can buy a print of this image and see others on my commercial gallery by clicking here.
I first noticed people doing this years ago in New York city. People all over the world try to get a unique perspective on a monument or palace by pinching it. If the angle is right,one can create a unique perspective or comical picture. One of the most famous is people pushing or leaning against the Leaning Tower of Pisa. I don’t think these people got it right, they are too close to the Eiffel Tower, but they sure look like they had fun trying. This was shot across the river from the tower atTrocadero Plaza. You can see other images of Europe and France at my commercial gallery by clicking here.
Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. What makes it so spectacular is that all of the new construction and skyscrapers are excluded from the centre of the city. As I stood on Montmartre and took this picture I couldn’t help but think that this view has remained unchanged for hundreds of years. Because of this practice, scenic views remain unblocked by new construction. You can buy a print of this image at my commercial gallery by clicking here.
Millions of people visit the Eiffel Tower each year and going to the top is a rite of passage and offers one of the most famous view of Paris France. However, if you want to SEE the Eiffel Tower don’t cross the river. It is so large that the best place to view the tower is across the river on the famous Trocadéro Plaza. It is also a great spot to watch the sunset with the tower in front of the sun. Thousands come to the plaza each night just to see the sunset. If you get there early enough you can enjoy dinner from one of the many great cafes that offer views of the tower. You can buy a print of this image at my gallery by clicking here.