‘The Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower. They’re monumental.
They’re straight out of Page 52 in your school history book’ – Billy Crystal
The Eiffel Tower. The “Iron Lady”. A single structure that is synonymous with both Paris and France. This iron behemoth was once the worlds tallest structure, and is as beautiful as it is intimidating. Moreover no visit to Paris can be said to be complete without seeing it and, even though I have been several times now, my most recent visit was my favourite.
Previously I had only ever visited the tower during daylight hours, but Heather reminded me that at night it lights up, with a beacon at its peak, shining through the sky. So on a beautiful autumn evening we found ourselves gazing up at at the illuminated body on an unoccupied patch of grass at the base of the Eiffel Tower.
Personally, if you were to spend an evening at the Eiffel Tower or I was to re-visit, I’d recommend bringing along a bottle of wine and some glasses. If you decide not to, or you arrive on a spur-of-the-moment decision, then there are sellers who will approach you with a variety of different over-priced drinking options.
Still, it proved to a wonderful night in the presence of one of the most wonderful pieces of architecture I have ever seen.
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