Sunday, February 08, 2009

Eiffel Tower in the snow


At last! I know some of you have been waiting to see the Eiffel Tower in the snow last time, but I never managed to take it. Today, it snowed a lot and I happened to pass by the iron lady at the right time. If you click on the photo, you'll see that it's all covered in white. It probably did not last very long though. I took a few other pics that are fun, I'll show you tomorrow... Have a warm Sunday! (Well, that is my wish for the Northern hemisphere. I understand the people in Australia don't really need extra heat!)

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  1. Whoa! It's tres beautiful!

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  2. Mmnpffplggrtch.

    I was trying to catch a falling snowflake on the tip of my tongue but accidentally came in contact with the Iron Lady. Brrr.

    It's interesting how the reflection on the wet street makes a perfect circle.

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  3. I never knew you could drive through the Eiffel Tower! She looks like she's silver with the steel blue sky background.

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  4. Oh,Eric!!!!

    You are so good to us!!!!!

    Merci, merci, mille foix, merci!!!!

    I think its "Cngrrtlllacns", TG, but the posts have thrown me into a tizzy = do the two sentences have to be in the same post if they are first!? Does TG's first sentence qualify as being about the photo??!! PHX you have created a monster! ; )

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  5. So, Gary, did you actually lick your computer monitor? Ewww. Anonyme: one cannot drive under the tower. Eric is being tricky, taking a photo from the bridge crossing the river. Nice image, anyway. Good job getting the Lady in the snow.

    I am thinking about Sunday Feb 15: when we meet (in California), it will be very late in Paris and much too late to call them. (5 pm in LA = 2 am in Paris) Only Guille will be up (but that is too late to call a lady).

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  6. At last !
    Elle est belle, symbolique, réelle, magique!
    Elle m'a fait rêver toute petite, et cela continue!
    Love it.

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  7. Thanks Carrie, I don't mean to confuse you, I made the first and 3rd
    anonyme posts.
    Jeff- Ah ha! So does the road stop before the EF?

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  8. How wonderful a site. How did you manage to take it without any traffic going by? Another early morning?

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  9. Gorgeous! We are having wonderfully warm temps here in Virginia this weekend but love your ET snowy pic :)

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  10. Tanya,

    The weather here in VA was quite nice today, and hopefully will be tomorrow as well! I can't wait for spring as I hate the cold and snow...

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  11. That's a fab photo, Eric! At last we have the white lady. lol. She looks resplendent!

    I especially like this different view, so close up. Thank you Eric. So who is GF? I think it must be Tall Gary, as Anonyme unfortunately did not complete the two lines...but of course it's Phx who must legislate when she turns up. lol.

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  12. Beautiful shot, Eric!

    For Suzy and all of us:
    Eiffel Tower!
    Eiffel Tower!!
    Eiffel Tower!!!

    I can't wait to go up on the Eiffel Tower someday!

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  13. ahhh il neige! c'est la première fois que je vois la Tour Eiffel habillée en blanc!!! C'est très jolie même si tout est gris! Impossible de monter jusqu'au haut de la tour non?

    Pardon d'écrire en français aujourd'hui mais j'ai passé une semaine tellement française, je veux continuer dans cette ambiance et rêver que je suis à Paris et qu'il neige...!

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  14. Monica, je voudrais parler français tous le temps, mais je ne comprends pas assez des mots!

    La tour est belle, toujours. Merci, Eric.

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  15. Oh, poor ET Suzy ... surely she will be here soon?

    How pretty, Eric! It almost looks like a black and white shot. {And yes, here in Australia we could do with a little snow rather than more heat.}

    Tall Gary, you did well to be here so early today after staying up dancing all night!

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  16. Well, I'm a Suzy too! (Suzanna) Yay!! to the Suzy Eiffel Towers of the world! Now, Could somebody tell me what a TG is?

    correction-- I made the 1st and 4th post.

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  17. Petrea, c'est difficile parler français mais c'est surtout difficile le comprendre quand ils (the french) parlent trop vite.
    And they do it all the time! ;-)

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  18. Anonyme, TG refers to Tall Gary, the third commenter and a very clever guy.
    Eric, it's a wonderful photo. You can see so many flakes. Thanks.

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  19. A wonderful photo. It appears as if it could have been taken decades ago, with the exception, of course, of the vehicles underneath. Eric has also provided us with the illusion that one can drive under the tower, which, of course, one cannot. Thank you Eric.

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  20. Beautiful photo. To me it looks like a timeless photo that could have been yesterday or 40 years ago

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  21. Shell: I would have gone right to bed after dancing so long but I couldn't get my knees to straighten out.

    Hey, if I'm GF I would like to cede the crown to EF Suzy. Who else could wear this one with such panache? Not I.

    Jeff: I have a sweet tooth so I often lick my now antiquated computer monitor (not). It's not just for the color that they call it a Strawberry iMac, it's also the flavor!

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  22. Tall Gary, did you hide the video cam in your top hat? What a beautiful memento, thank you!

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  23. Dear Shell, mon Sheree, I'm glad that you aren't offended by my resorting to secrecy. It's just that memory can be so cruel and I did so want to remember every nuance in the timbre of your voice, the fluid liquifaction of your every graceful movement, and exactly how many wisps of white hair Maurice Chevalier has remaining.

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  24. Oh Tall One, that was a wonderful clip! (And, a very nice sentiment, that, ceding the tour a notre Suzy -- when will she find out, I wonder!!) I gathered from the comments that all of the tuxedoed men were men from her life. Where do you find these things?!

    It made me think of 60's London and cocktail dresses and fabulous gowns, all of which have nothing to do with Paris, but which made me remember a great chick flick called The Millionairess, with Sophia Loren and Peter Sellers (playing an Indian doctor) and about a thousand designer costume changes - all of which was - just -- so --- wonderful!!

    : )

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  25. Bella!!!
    Bella!!!
    Bella!!!
    Gorgeous Eric:) You've already found out I love seeing photographs of this magnificant Iron Lady!This one does not disappoint.I wish so bad I was standing right there under neath her :(

    [maybe again some day I will]

    At first glance this look's like a vintage black and white photo.
    Good Job Eric!!

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  26. Carrie: Not to mention costume unchanges.

    Thanks for the heads up, Carrie. It looks fun.

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  27. Thanks for the great picture. I love your blog.

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  28. Fantastic shot of the Eiffel Tower, I look forward to visiting your beautiful city this summer.

    Cheers!
    Guy
    Regina In Pictures

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  29. The image of this Eiffel Tower dressed in her white coat of snow is, as so many of Eric's photos, Teninlicious. But something almost equally remarkable is how soon after being asked for an Eiffel-Tower-in snow photo was he (could we say miraculously?) able to capture one. I mean, how often does an opportunity like this arise? And how often is such a photo so well executed? Boundless kudos are in order.

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  30. Carrie: The first one is Richard Burton, the second is Robert Goulet. I recognize the third but wasn't sure who it was. The fourth is Maurice Chevalier.

    Corrections, anyone?

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  31. To continue my thought above: As screwy as the weather has been of late, for all we know, the highest-most observation platform way up there on the tip of the Eiffel Tower, could just as easily, next week, be sticking out of a snow drift like the garnish on a rather large vanilla cupcake.

    Global warming? Tell that to Carpeaux's horses.

    Petrea: A commenter at YouTube said that the third one was Stanley Holloway -her "original" father. In the musical, I presume.

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  32. Great shot Eric. I was waiting for this one. I also have a shot of the Iron Lady in snow. I took it Dec 2005.

    Here it is!
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  33. My, my, Petrea -- weren't Goulet and Burton terribly young and dashing?! All they needed were sashes and rapiers. : )

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  34. Interesting that they're singing a song from My Fair Lady - and yet they were both in Camelot with her on Broadway.

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  35. Hey am I in Las Vegas...where it does snow? It doesn't snow in Paris. What gives? I know it snowed eight inches (or was that four?) in Lynn's England but Paris, France? Come on! lol Seriously my friend you are working hard with that camera of yours. May the warmth of our comments melt some of your snow and usher in the spring weather for you. Until then, enjoy the show and the snow. Merci. As Zoe says, it is parfait!

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  36. Wow, Eric, you did it! It's just absolutely gorgeous! She looks like she is in a wedding dress. She is so beautiful. ahhhhh

    Last night I watched the documentary film "Modern Marvels: Eiffel Tower" (1994) Eiffel Tower from creation until the present day. They said amazingly, no one died during the construction. They did a tour in the film of the landmark, it's restaurants -- including constructor Gustave Eiffel's aerodynamics laboratory. They also discussed the cables that run along the tour to keep the tour a certain temperature for technical reasons. They interviewed employees and the workmen who service the lights and paint the tour. They said approximately 3 to 4 people a year commit suicide jumping from the tour.

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  37. Rodney Dolorin, your photo is beautiful too. Merci for sharing it.

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  38. When I enlarged this, I looked from the bottom up, and it was as if the Iron Lady were taking me to heaven. What a divine photo!

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  39. Et dire qu'ici à Nice on se plaind du mauvais temps ....

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  40. Awwwwwwwwwwww!!! Now THERE is a site for sore eyes!! It sure is pretty cool to see the snow coming down on her. Thanks, Eric! :)

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  41. Eric
    My husband tells me the secret of good pictures is take a thousand of them and one of them will be alright.
    You must have taken a million!

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  42. So beautiful! Unfortunately I STILL haven't seen the city under snow, as I was in Chartres yesterday... I suppose there are still some cold weeks ahead though!

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  43. Wow Eric! Thank you. Clouds and snow and a perfect circle under the base made from connecting the arch with its reflection in the pavement. So cool to see the swirling snow. Perhaps a great pick for another black and white calendar, non?
    -Kim
    Seattle Daily Photo

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  44. I'm watching a programme about La Route de Poisson Eric! Interesting - did you see them enter the outskirts of Paree at all? Britain had an entry and came 9th out of 15th, not that this horsey event is a race is it! They had to slow right up towards the end. Looks a lot of fun anyway.

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  45. OH...WOW...Fantastic... I'll join the chorus...
    It really is a beautiful photo, Eric. I love the colours;pale blue/grey.
    This must be the January photo in next years calendar !
    We have snow too, but I would much rather walk around in the Parisien snow ;-)

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  46. I thought you put an Atgee photograph on the site today! Why does it feel like magic whenever I look at the ET?

    Where is ET Suzy when we need her?

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  47. My husband noticed that reflected circle, too, Kim. Lovely.

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  48. I was in Paris for New Year's 2002-03 and we had snow, but we spent the day on the Left Bank near the Pantheon and did not make to the Eiffel Tower. Now I know what we missed.

    I am also puzzled by the street. My recollection is that there was grass under the Eiffel Tower, with ticket booths for going up the tower.

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  49. This the kind of image that go me into photography in the first place. Incredible atmosphere and a real statement image.

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  50. Beautiful photo Eric and many happy people you have today! I can even see and write this from my new toy which should make following PDP much easier from the road!

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  51. Thank goodness we will have you more often then Michael! Though I hope you still tell us when you're on your travels. We need to drool now and then.

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  52. Gosh, I just went back to You Tube to look at the clip that you found Tall Gary (I guess Sophia Loren in a corset does have some appeal for the boys, too!!) and saw that the farce I'd seen was taken from a George Bernard Shaw play (worth watching in its entirety on You Tube) with an absolutely incredible Maggie Smith (no corsets; lots of funny class commentary). Check it out!

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  53. Lynn - I learned all about the Route du Poisson thanks to you! It does sound like fun - I'd love to see it. The horses are beautiful and dramatic looking. What huge forequarters they have! Sort of of the weightlifters of the horse world.

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  54. No Carrie...

    Blackberry = Work
    iThingy = Toy

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  55. It hardly matters at this late hour, but I have to get it out of my system...

    EIFFEL TOWER!
    EIFFEL TOWER!!
    EIFFEL TOWER!!!

    Thanks, Eric. I heart you!

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  56. Oh Eric, being from the Midwest where our winter snow total so far is about 38 inches I cannot believe I am getting excited about snow but what a beautiful shot! I loved that you captured the snow falling and the grayness of the shot...in some photos that would come off cold and dreary but it is breathtaking! My sister (Misplaced) will be so elated with this shot as I know she has been bugging you for one! Merci!!

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  57. How lovely to see the Lady covered with snow. Very unique photo, Eric. I love it!

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  58. Great photo. I may have to print and frame this one!

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  59. "iThingy = toy" Hee hee, Michael.

    Lovely photo Eric. I've never seen the lady dressed in white before.

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  60. Lovely photo, Eric, and for once I can say I am (almost) glad I am not in Paris. I do not like the COLD.

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  61. I would love to see that in real life someday!

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  62. Well done, Eric. Going beyond the call of duty yet again.

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  63. Squeals of glee! Eric, THANK YOU! This photo is BEAUTIFUL! ;)

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  64. HERMOSA!!!!
    WOW... She always is beautiful and full of glamour...

    thanks Erick... and please no more heat for Mexico... LOL

    Bisous :P

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  65. Absolutely beautiful! I have only seen her in the late springtime (in person) and would love to see her in the snow, but this pic was certainly almost as good as being there!!!

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  66. Thanks Eric, for the lovely snow picture. I miss winter since I came back to California!

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