Eiffel Tower Light Show in Paris, France
Few landmarks in the world can compete with the hype that surrounds the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The symbolic iron lattice tower is one of the most recognizable structures in the world and is claimed to be the most-visited paid monument in the world.
However, I will be the first to admit that when we first witnessed the Eiffel Tower one cloudy afternoon in December, we found ourselves thinking “that’s it?”
Don’t get me wrong, it is an impressive structure, and standing in its presence was indeed a special moment, but I guess I expected it to pack more of a WOW punch. It felt anti-climatic. I don’t know why I felt that way; after all, it did hold the title for tallest man-made structure in the world for 41 years. Maybe it’s because I grew up in Toronto with the CN Tower?
However, when we revisited the Eiffel Tower later that evening my opinion quickly changed, as it put on a dazzling light show that illuminated the Parisian skyline.
The photos are quite grainy because they were taken with our small underwater point and shoot camera. Our good camera mysteriously broke down that afternoon – fortunately for us it happened one week before the warranty was to expire!
We captured these photos from the Trocadéro, located on the opposite side of the Seine River. It’s arguably the best spot to photograph the tower, especially at night. Every 15 minutes the Eiffel Tower would sparkle like a giant Christmas tree, to the delight of its festive audience. Hundreds of camera flashes went off as the sounds of Ooooo’s and Ahhhh’s from the crowds echoed across the Trocadéro – it was quite the spectacle!
Travel Tip: Finding reasonably priced hotels in Paris can be challenging, especially if you are on a budget and you didn’t make arrangements prior to arriving (we could not find last minute deals anywhere, although it was during the Christmas holidays). Another option for short-term accommodation is self-catering apartments in Paris, which certainly sounds appealing to us now that we have a baby to think about. Saving money on accommodations means you can treat yourself to a night of dining and spectacular views at the Eiffel Tower restaurant!
Have you visited the Eiffel Tower? What did you think?
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