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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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on instagram.com/theurgetowander

100 thoughts on “In Photos – La Tour Eiffel

  1. Glorious sparks and twinkles from Paris, Madhu.
    I agree with you, there’s no better place to be than on the roof of this city. To be able to absorb the atmosphere and all the glittering lights from a distance, just wonderful. Absolutely stunning images!
    Love, Dina xo

    1. Oh yes you should! My second visit was nearly twenty years after the first as well, and then I returned again after another five πŸ™‚

  2. Magical shot…the twinkle on the Eiffel Tower has been wonderfully captured and with the dark background, the beauty is exemplified…just love it.

    Kudos for taking such an amazing picture…Brilliant!!!

  3. Beautiful images, Madhu…

    It’s so hard to invent a fresh perspective of one of the most photographed structures in this world.

    You have done a great job, capturing the crisp night images πŸ™‚

    Thank you so much for sharing and have a beautiful day ahead πŸ™‚

  4. Paris is the most romantic place in Europe – apparently! Never been myself, despite only living an hour away on the Eurostar! Good images again, Madhu!

  5. Ah the twinkling tower – pretty isn’t it! I think you got the best view from Tour Monparnasse. There’s a good view from the Arc de Triomphe too but it’s a bit further away…

    1. I would think the Arc would be closer than the Montparnasse tower Suzanne, perhaps not quite a great angle for a good shot. Enjoy Vietnam πŸ™‚

  6. I enjoyed your tale of avoiding the crowds: that would be my desire too. Your photos show the Eiffel Tower as I have not seen it portrayed before: that takes a special eye!

    1. Thank you Meg. That evening was the least favourite of our eight days in Paris last year and the reason why I hadn’t published these images until now πŸ™‚

  7. Beautiful ~ there is something about Paris and the Eiffel Tower that always brings a smile, thank you for these wonderful photos and of course the writing…patience when traveling is always so difficult for me.

  8. Dear Madhu,
    This post made me smile–I’ve been to the Eiffel Tower a couple of times, and the crowds were enough to get it out of my system too! Your photos a marvelous. You did indeed catch the twinkle here, but I think all your posts do.

    1. Aww, thank ypu for that lovely comment Naomi! The atmosphere around the tower isn’t exactly conducive to return visits. I feel for the residents of that area.

  9. Beautiful sparkly captures, Madhu. We waited at the Trocadero and got some good shots with the water cannons and the spot light in action. Having only been once, we plan to go back next September after a river cruise on the Danube. Paris is incredible.I love it. I must try the glass floor and Tour Montparnasse.

    1. The glass floor sounds fabulous. I was hoping to return next year for a girlie trip with my 21 year old niece and my (American!) sister to celebrate her 50th, but it doesn’t seem like they can make it. Fingers still crossed though πŸ™‚

  10. I watched a very interesting discovery channel program on the building of that tower. The work of the engineer who dreamed up this project facilitated a tourist attraction to bless tourists and inspire his nation for many years to come.

  11. Reblogged this on RoadNet Travel and commented:
    The 125 year old iconic Eiffel Tower stills beacons excitement and amazement to people around the world with its majestic architecture. As if it says, “here I am all alone standing proudly with you against the odds of a cruel world full of misunderstanding and chaos that envelops humanity…at least on the spur of moment you forget it when you’re beside me.”

  12. You know, I think it’s one of those things that never does get out of one’s system. The jostling crowds led me to resolve “never again”! but one sight of it twinkling in the distance, and I was lured by it, all over again. ❀ the photograph from Tour Montparnasse… something for next time πŸ™‚

    1. Ha, I’ll be sure to let you know if its allure wins over my distaste of crowds πŸ™‚ We just climbed up to the observation deck of the Montparnasse tower, but Ciel’s restaurant in the same tower might be a good option for dinner with a view. We weren’t too convinced about the quality of food.

    1. It is an amazing structure, even if it is rather incongruous in its setting. The Montparnasse tower is positively ugly though, and the reason why most people think it is better to be up on it with the Eiffel in one’s frame than vice versa πŸ™‚

      1. As long as they don’t build any skyscrapers too close to the Eiffel Tower and ruin the scene. Paris is lovely without turning into New York.

  13. The twinkling of the Eiffel Tower was one the the highlights of my short trip to Paris. I remember one night I arrived by the metro and walked out of the station, and there it was, la Tour Eiffel twinkling like a giant diamond. As for the Tour Montparnasse, have you heard that some Parisian politicians argue that it should be torn down because it’s like a scar among the city’s Haussmann neighborhood? I personally think the tower should stay. But at the end of the day its fate depends on what the Parisians themselves think of it.

    1. Bama, I agree that tearing down the Tour Montparnasse might be a bit extreme, but I think too that it does detract from the Parisisan landscape. Then again, Parisians felt that way about the Tour Eiffel as well πŸ™‚

  14. Lovely images of an iconic landmark, but what caught my eye was the silhouette of the French poodle. Did you deliberately get him in the frame. Or was it a happy accident?

  15. It is remarkable to think that the Eiffel Tower opened in 1889… and yet it has retained a true sense of timelessness! I have only been there by day so never got to see the twinkling; a stop at the Tour Montparnasse will be on my must-do list the next time I go!

    1. I agree it has remained remarkably timeless James. But a shrinking world is beginning to wear away some of its magic. The view from the top of Tour Montparnasse is an absolute must do.

    1. Ah thank you indah! This particular set, barring the ones from the Tour Montparnasse, did not quite evoke romance in me πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Lucy. Photographing an illuminated tower is rather dicey. It involved a very long wait in summer – nearly 10.30 PM – before the twinkling cam on. Hubby was at the end of his tether and stressed that the metro would stop running and we might not get taxis to take us back to our hotel. The metro incidentally was full of people beyond midnight! πŸ™‚

  16. Lovely shots of the tower at night, Madhu. I haven’t been up there for many years. I think once is probably enough, especially with such long lines these days. Loved seeing the French poodle in Paris. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Sylvia. We didn’t even attempt to climb up the tower this time. It is best viewed from across the city I think.

  17. A city I knew well in my youth and still one of my favourite places to go visit even now. Amazing pictures Madhu which conjure up some happy happy memories for me πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you. And I am glad these images stirred fond memories Ken. Paris is one of my favourite cities as well.

    1. Soon I hope πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by Kris. All best wishes to you and your family for the year ahead!

    1. Thanks Niranjan. The last two took several (read upwards of twenty) attempts to get right without a tripod! πŸ™‚

  18. Oh what a lovely Christmas and New year greetings for us Madhu. Your pictures enhance the beauty of this well loved structure so beautifully. Having seen it in the day I could never imagine its beauty all decked up in lights.
    Wishing you a lovely Christmas and New year.

    1. Thank you Dilip. It is magical when lit up at night. Five years ago, it was all blue to commemorate the country’s presidency over the EU!

  19. I never got this close to it at ‘lighting up’ time, Madhu, so thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ I just popped in to wish you well for the festive season and a very happy 2015. πŸ™‚

  20. Very nice find for a spot to view Eiffet Tower in its entirety. We have the same perspective shot of the horse and the tower. Cool!

  21. Your views of the Eiffel Tower are gorgeous, Madhu. If you haven’t already done so, see it in the evening while dining on one of those boats on the Seine. That’s far from the maddening crowds, peaceful and very romantic.

    Thank you for the many beautiful photos you’ve shared throughout the year. Looking forward to many more. πŸ˜‰

    1. We did a Seine cruise on a previous visit and it really was far more enjoyable. I was looking for close up shots of the tower this time. Thank you very much for your support and encouragement Judy πŸ™‚

  22. Wonderful photos.
    When I was on my very first trip to Europe, right after graduation from college, I ascended the tower and took photos from the top. Now I marvel at them, because my acrophobia has become so severe I could never even imagine doing that again! It’s a pleasure to see through your eyes.

  23. Oh, the twinkle πŸ™‚ I’ve missed a lot here. Did you take these when you were in July two years ago (or was it only a year)?

      1. You won’t believe me, but I was just thinking of you. I remembered you promised to host a challenge… πŸ™‚

        1. Yes, you choose the theme for colour photo challenge (any Thursday in April is fine) and you host it like Tish and Cardinal did. πŸ™‚

    1. We went in summer and it was hot. Not the best time to visit, but I was celebrating a milestone birthday. Thank you for the visit and comment Mary Ann.

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