France & Scotland 2001

The Tower at Night

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The Eiffel Tower

Once we got back from seeing the Moulin Rouge, we sat down to get some dinner at a sidewalk cafe near the Eiffel Tower. Afterward we decided to go see it, close-up.

On the way there we'd come to the end of a block, then boom, sights like this down a street.

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Money Shot

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The Eiffel Tower

This is one of my favorites of the bunch (hence the large size). It was really amazing just how huge the damn thing is. You can see picture after picture of it, but until you see it looming large above you, you really can't get a decent sense of how imposing it is.

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Beneath the Tower

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The Eiffel Tower

Always looking for the unusual shot of the well-known, here's a shot up the Eiffel Tower from below. The dark perimeter is the first level, up where the legs meet is the second floor where the restaurants are.

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Tower foot

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The Eiffel Tower

After dinner, Amy, Katy and I went to go to the Eiffel Tower and see the City of Lights at night.

This is one of the huge support feet for the North Pillar (pilier nord) right next to the elevator.

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Le Arc

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The Eiffel Tower

After a harrowing (since I’m slightly acrophobic) yet serene (watching the huge iron framework, bathed in amber light, on the way up) trip up, we got a great view of Paris.

I hadn’t quite figured out how to adjust or compensate for the exposure length at night, resulting in some psychedelic, though interesting, photos from the top. This, obviously, is the Arc de Triumphe, along the Champs Elysees.

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The Seine

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The Eiffel Tower

The River Seine from the top of the tower.

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Oui

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The Eiffel Tower

The last two shots were taken in the lower, enclosed, part of the observation deck. Amy, Katy and myself then headed up to the windy open-air deck above. After we had taken our pictures, Amy was ready to head down, but I asked her to stay up there for just a bit more.

It was on the (luckily leeward) west side, with me facing east — the direction of the rising sun — and Amy facing west — towards home — that I got down on one knee and asked her to marry me.

Through the tears of joy, she said yes.

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