during an extended stay in Paris, we fall into an everyday acceptance of place, until those moments when we see the Eiffel Tower on the horizon
La Tour Eiffel (9:30 to 11:00pm)
The Eiffel Tower’s Voice: Stefania Rousselle (Arts: New York Times)
Surprisingly, it may be difficult to spot the Eiffel Tower from most streets of Paris. A great perch for viewing the Paris skyline is from the front balcony of the Pompideu Center. Another great view of the Tower is from beneath it.
Our favorite moment at the Eiffel Tower was jogging early in the morning before dawn. This area along the Seine is open, with an iscolated even dangerous feeling.
The rest of the time, this area is mobbed by tourism The neighborhood atop Butte Montmartre is even more congested but to us more acceptable because of it’s artistic, bohemian aire and its spiritual proximity to the Basilica Sacré-Cœur. And far in the distance you will spot the tiny Eiffel Tower.
We have (perhaps unjustly) shunned the Eiffel Tower, mostly because of the crowds. After viewing the illustration below, maybe we should put an ascent on the Tour back on our list.
Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923)
also designed the inner framework of the Statue of Liberty