Paris: Eiffel Tower in Photos

 

It’s a love-love-hate-love-love-hate feeling.

I have this love-hate relationship with Paris but only because it loves to pull my heart with it’s smooth flowing canal, blue skies attached to the Eiffel Tower and those soft croissants despite the crowded tourists spots (super crowded) and the familiar smell of piss in its’ back alleys. Upon arriving in this romantic city, I find myself doing a double take and wonder whether people really do immerse themselves in this notion or let go as the sun kissed the sky goodbye at dusk. I was happy to be back in Paris in autumn, the cold weather brushing my skin, a constant reminder that winter will soon arrive.

Then I saw her as we walked out from the train station. Majestic, tall, elegant and unassuming to the tiny specks of people beneath her. I grinned at her and walked towards the entrance where dozens or more people were hoarding selfies and multi-angle poses with the grand Eiffel Tower.

The weather was cold and most of the people including use were wrapped up in jackets and scarves (not forgetting the beanie hat). We did not go up the Eiffel Tower this round because there was a long queue during both days there and we decided to just walk around the park observing people and the surrounding area. I don’t mind since I’ve had the experience of seeing the view from the top, the last time I was here.

From below the Eiffel Tower, we looked up to admire the steel arches, mildly transparent and showed glimpses of the sky. An elevator was bringing guests up to the first tier while others were seen climbing the stairs, pausing a few times to catch their breath and the view.

We walked under her to the other side of the park, declining souvenir hagglers politely as they dangled the mini Eiffel Tower key-chains in our faces. We found that by telling them “I don’t understand” in Malay language, they would leave us alone quicker because of the assumption that we didn’t know what they were talking about.

We stopped in the middle of the park for a photo opportunity along with dozens of other tourists, fighting to get the best FULL picture of the Eiffel Tower from below. Minutes later, we walked back to the tower, this time on the other side of the park where a group of families were watching their children play bubbles with the bubble maker.

There are also other parts of Paris which you can capture the grand lady such as from the Batobus river cruise on the Seine and at the Place Concorde. She seems to be watching over us as we scatter around the city, once awhile disappearing from our view. I hope to see her again, perhaps from another point of view, sky terraces perhaps? Meanwhile here are a few favorite shots of the Eiffel Tower during our visit to Paris.

#1 View from the front entrance of the Eiffel Tower.

Autumn flowers at the feet of the Eiffel Tower with the crowd in the background.

Autumn flowers at the feet of the Eiffel Tower with the crowd in the background.

 

#2 Activities at the park just below the Eiffel Tower.

Families bringing the children to the park for a little bubble play.

Families bringing the children to the park for a little bubble play.

 

#3 Taking a selfie with the Eiffel Tower in its’ full mode.

A must when you meet the grand Tower.

A must when you meet the grand Tower.

 

#4 Watching the Eiffel Tower slowly disappear on the River Seine Batobus ride.

The pointy Eiffel Tower seen from the Batobus ride on the River Seine.

The pointy Eiffel Tower seen from the Batobus ride on the River Seine.

 

#5 Catching the sunset over the Eiffel Tower, from another place in the city of Paris.

Watching the sun set behind the Eiffel Tower from Place Concorde.

How beautiful the sun sets behind the Eiffel Tower from Place Concorde!

 

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Where else can you spot the Eiffel Tower in Paris?

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About Yafieda Jamil

A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.

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