Thursday, August 26, 2010

postcards from paris: la tour eiffel at night

In case you haven't had a chance to climb the Eiffel Tower yourself, I thought I'd share a few more photos, including some night-time close-ups of the wrought-iron engineering marvel of its time. Scheduled to be torn down after its construction as the entrance arch to the 1889 World's Fair, it remains the tallest building in Paris. Although it is open to the public every day of the year, it has to be repainted using brushes and 3 shades of brown paint every 7 years. After showing our reservation for dinner, we were whisked up by private elevator to the dining room, where we happily spent the evening at our table next to the windows, enjoying a stellar meal and spectacular views.

Plates reflected in the restaurant window as I photographed up inside the tower.

The tower is covered in lights that consistently illuminate it at night,
but being inside when the lights flash on the hour for 5 minutes is like sitting inside a Christmas tree.

The view across the Champs de Mars to l'Ecole Militaire.

The view of les bateaus on the Seine.

Vacherin with raspberry sorbet, my dessert. :)


m i c h e l l e said...

Hi Pam...

All your pictures of Paris are just breathtaking. I am LOVING them all. Thinking of you toodling along on a motorcycle and eating raspberry sorbet... :-)

Catherine said...

Oh yummy, was this at Jules Verne?
Lucky ducky!!!
Thanks for the fab photos, once again.