Spring Arrives at the Eiffel Tower

I just read that Spring weather is three weeks earlier than usual here in France and I can certainly attest to that. It has been in the 50’s and 60’s for weeks and I haven’t even worn my winter coat this year. I’m going to remove the warm inner lining to my lighter coat if I wear it at all. I had seen some photos of flowering trees at the Eiffel Tower so one day, when the skies were blue, I took line 6 to Trocadero, walked to the Eiffel Tower, took photos-I found some flowering trees and bushes-and then took bus 72 back to the Marais before heading home. It was a great day.

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Here was a bit of a view of the tower through the arm of a statue below Trocadero.

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The Eiffel Tower with no flowers-just its impressive self.

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I found a bush with yellow flowers as foreground.

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And a tree flowering pink.

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Got a plane as it passed overhead. I wondered if the people on board were looking down at what was below them. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the Eiffel Tower from a plane but I did once see the Arch de Triomphe from a Easy Jet as we circled to land.

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The area below the Eiffel Tower is a mess as they are building some sort of new floor on the first landing. Part of it will be transparent so I guess you can look down and there will be meeting rooms and the restaurant on that level will be renovated as well. One of the elevators is closed while they do this so there were longer lines than usual to go up on the only elevator. You can go up stairs to the second level if you have the energy. I’ve done it twice.

Up Above

Printemps, a department store right next to Galeries Lafayette, has some pretty spectacular views from the top.

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Here it is from across the street.

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A reflection on the windows behind the store.

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It was a gray, rainy day which made it unpleasant out on the roof but I still like seeing the Eiffel Tower, even without blue skies.

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La Madeleine Church.

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Sections of the store in the photo showing the Garnier Opera House in the distance.

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A closer look.

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Inside the store, in another section, you can have lunch under this fabulous glass dome.

Wall of Peace

I usually look at the Eiffel Tower from Trocodero but the other day I went to the other end of the Champ de Mars for a look. They have an artistic display there called the Wall of Peace with a lovely look at the tower.


The glass walls say peace in a number of languages.


Another view.


180 degrees in the other direction is the Ecole Militaire.


This looks like a wedding dress to me. I don’t know why she was sitting on a bench with black shoes talking to these people. Maybe she was there for some photos in her dress.


As I was leaving I saw this car nearby. I’m always surprised to see cars like this in France.

High Above

I haven’t been up to the top of the Eiffel Tower for a long time but the last time I was there with my daughter it was in the evening and there wasn’t any line to speak of so up we went.


From the bottom looking up. My daughter was surprised at how large it was. I always think it look rather delicate with the iron designs.


Far down below you can see the island where a copy of the Statue of Liberty is.


There had been a threat of rain earlier which left some clouds leading to a spectacular sky.


Loved the sun coming through the structure of the Eiffel Tower.

Pigs in Paris

I did a tour with a mother and her daughter. The daughter was such a cute little thing, age 9, and she carried her stuffed pig with her everywhere. The pig, named Piggy-it’s a she-was in every single photo that I took of them. I decided that he deserved a photo of his own.
The little girl was really suffering from jet lag and a couple of times begged to go back to the hotel so she could sleep. That’s when I asked her mother if she ever let her daughter drink Coca Cola. The reply was no, she had never had it, not even once. Because her mother wanted to finish the tour we decided to buy her first bottle, plastic, of Coca Cola. The little girl loved it and chugged it down and immediately brightened up. I felt a little guilty as I’m sure she is still begging for a coke every day.

Blue In Paris

The Eiffel Tower is lit up in blue for six months in Paris right now. It’s to celebrate France being head of the European Union during this time. I’ve seen the tower red too. It’s always fun to find it lit up in another color. No matter what color is chosen, it is always spectacular.

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From the foot of Tracadero before the sparkling lights start on the hour.

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The lights are sparkling and there is a reflection on the roof of the car.

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Closer.

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A view to give an idea of how immense the tower is. It is always a surprise.