La Tour

Eiffel Tower

Pont de la Concorde

La Tour Eiffel

La Tour Eiffel

Just because. Because yesterday a coworker asked me how it was being back, and without thinking I heard myself say, “I miss Paris like hell.” Because I guess I hadn’t realized it until I said it, but now it’s all I can think about. Because I don’t care how many times you see La Tour Eiffel, it never ceases to make me want to burst into tears. It’s so beautiful and overwhelming. It’s hard to fathom that, when it was first constructed, there were complaints from neighbors that it was an eyesore and concerns it would fall on their houses, and the solution was to make the Tower a temporary structure, set to be demolished 10 years later. Can you even imagine? This book was a great read, if you’re interested in Gustav’s iron namesake and the 1889 World’s Fair.

It’s been pouring and storming here this week, and it has to be the tortured writer inside of me that is pining for the rainstorms in Paris, when I could leave the windows open and the skies were so gray they almost looked solid. Moody skies or blue, Paris is always perfect.

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July 16, 2014 / art / photo / Paris / travel / LEAVE A COMMENT / 18

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  • I can’t get enough of it either. objectively speaking [if that's possible], there are other parts/sights of Paris that are more beautiful or special, but my heart always beats a little faster when I see la tour too xoxo

    • I absolutely agree with you, and sometimes it’s the most unassuming little street corners that take my breath away. But the all-encompassing beauty and power of the Tower is impossible to beat. xoxo

  • and you have composed a lovely photographic love poem, to la tour eiffel….

    did you happen to see eric’s (of “paris daily photo” blog) post, containing a longgggg video of “feu d’artifice du 14 juillet au champ de mars”?

    tessa~

    • I will have to watch that!! I saw so many still photographs of the celebration, but not a video. Thank you, Tessa! xo

  • Je ne jamais vu la tour Eiffel aussi bien photographie ! La premier photo est impressionnante comme la tour, ma copine !!

    • Aw, merci Eva!! Ta copine est ma copine aussi! :) xo

  • that first photo is breathtaking. the history of the eiffel tower is really interesting. when i was younger i just didn’t get it. why? it’s not beautiful like the ocean, or a rainbow, or a mountain, or a palace. but once your know the history behind it – the race, the impermanence it once had, the world fair, the edge that the world was sitting on at that time in our history. it becomes the amazing thing that it is. and very beautiful. i hope to see it one day!!! or lots of days. xoxo

    • Lots of days, preferably!! But yes, I see what you’re saying. It’s beautiful in that it’s so overwhelming, not “pretty” like a rainbow. xo

  • There are some places that move us like that – regardless of where we are, they make us breathe a little deeper and our hearts beat a little faster when we think of them. Let’s take a break and escape to that place either physically or mentally?

    • Girl, if I let myself take that break, I might never come back to reality! xo

  • Of course you miss Paris! When you have once fallen in love with that city, it´s for the rest of your life… I know from my own experience during 45 years. But one thing is great – the love is mostly mutual, Paris is always there waiting for your next visit.
    Your photos are stunning!
    Merci.

    • Thank you!! I like to think it’s mostly mutual. Paris stays with you, like Hemingway said. xo

  • Le sigh!

    Your first photo needs to be in a art gallery or hefty photography book (or both!) since it is gorgeous. I especially like that you captured the giant suspended tennis ball commemorating Roland Garros.

    • Thank you, Hillary!! That damned Roland Garros ball, haha. It was horribly neon in person! xo

  • OMG! No I can not imagine that, so glad that did NOT happen. And yeah I bet you miss it. I have been trying to get there for a few years now, but have had so many set backs. Hopefully one of these days I will!

    Allie of ALLIE NYC
    allienyc.com

    • I know! What would Paris have been without the Eiffel Tower?? Those finicky neighbors actually filed a lawsuit to have the building stopped early on. If those were my ancestors, I’d deny it ;) xo

  • I miss Paris too- and it’s amazing how the little things make you think of Paris. I was in a bakery and there was a group of people having a french lesson. It’s also amazing how a place in the world can pull you so hard that it makes you just want to be there.

    It’s ok to have moments of feeling like a tortured creative. life’s a roller coster- we have to have the downs to experience the ups. keep writing erin and keep thinking about paris.

    • It is pretty remarkable that Paris has that kind of pull on people. It makes me feel better to know I’m not alone and/or crazy! Thank you so much, Erika, that is incredibly wise and kind advice! “Keep writing.” Will do :) xo

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