In Photos – La Tour Eiffel

Awaiting the illumination of the 125-year-old iconic Parisian landmark on a pleasant summer evening on the Champ de Mars, ought to have been a romantic experience. But the presence there of an unbelievably large number of people with the same intention ensured it wasn’t.

With no sign of a stubborn sun giving way to dusk anytime soon, we escaped the melee to gaze upon some fabulous Oceanic art at the Musee Quai Branley (open late on Thu, Fri & Sat) and returned after dinner in a cafe nearby just in time to watch the lights come on.

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While Paris remains my favourite city, I think the Β Eiffel TowerΒ isΒ well and truly out of my system, although I might be lured back one last time to put my courage to the test atop the new glass floor on level one.

A climb up the Tour Montparnasse just before sunset for this view however, was far quieter and way more pleasurable.

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And as you can see, we waited long enough to catch the twinkling.

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