Posted by: danielfee | July 20, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 07-20-2012

Eiffel Tower – Paris, France

I have been posting a travel photo of the day for more than a year and realized that I had not posted a photo of the Eiffel Tower. It did end up in the background  of another photo, but that doesn’t count.  So for my 400th post, here it is – the Eiffel Tower just after sunset. I was aware that the tower was the largest and most innovative structure of its time. It was designed in 1887 by Gustave Eiffel and was selected to showcase the Universal Exposition of 1889 celebrating the French Revolution. All 15,000 metal parts were prefabricated and numbered for assembly. Based on Eiffel’s well-laid plan, 300 steelworkers, working 7 days a week for 26 months, and without a single fatal accident,  were able to complete the tower 7 days before the exhibition opened.  What I wasn’t aware of until we were sitting in front of the tower just after the sun had set is that hundreds, maybe thousands, of lights had been mounted on the tower and put on a twinkling light show. It was a pleasant surprise, but a little difficult to  photograph well.

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  1. It really is such an amazing structure, so distinctive! And your photos are great. I too was pleasantly surprised with the twinkling light show when I first saw the tower in 2008, but back then it was lit up in blue & I think the twinkling lights stood out better than when I saw it with the tower in yellow.


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