Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Merry-go-round by the Eiffel Tower


Last night (Thursday) I passed by the Eiffel Tower hoping to see some special light effects that Thib(a regular visitor to PDP!) has been telling me about for quite some time. Unfortunately I did not see anything other than the usual lights, so I decided to take this photo instead. It's a little corny, of course, but it's soooooooo Paris ;-) BTW, thank you again for all your help with the calendar selection, it'll make my life much easier (I will let you know my final choice asap).

55 comments:

  1. EIFFEL TOWER!
    EIFFEL TOWER!!
    EIFFEL TOWER!!!

    I just love you Eric.

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  2. Me too, lol. : )

    Love the photo, Eric. I thought there was a full moon at first!

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  3. Eric you KNOW you're gonna have to include this photo in next year's calendar, right??!!

    ;)


    There's nothing left to add other than what Suzy said: love you!!!!

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  4. Your excitement is contagious, Suzy!

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  5. This makes me happy! :-) I was there two weeks ago, in the pouring rain, and the carousel made me feel warmer. Inside at least. :-)

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  6. I think the special lighting effects might only be visible on the Palais de Chaillot side. I was there just over a week ago and watched the twinkling from the plaza. When we were riding the #6 metro south over the Seine later, you could tell that the part they had left on was only on the northwest "wall".

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  7. Ok, dammit, you got me: I'll start planning next year's visit....

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  8. Yes, this is what we want! The cornier the better.

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  9. I love it!! If you did it every day, it might get old, but I love how you mix it up - a little bit of everything - history, art, everyday, shopping, tourist, etc.
    Thanks!

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  10. Not corny at all, Eric. Quite charming and reads like a painting. I love all the reflected light. I had a goal of taking a long exposure of this site the next time I am able to visit Paris; but, seeing your shot, I like that there is just enough movement to give the impression of the carousel in movement. This is a very beautiful capture.
    You might consider THIS shot among your Tour Eiffel choices for the calendar. In fact, I hope you will choose to do a black and white calendar and a color calendar. This is definitely a contender. It captures "the city of light" feel very well. A gift to all of us who wish we were there. Thanks!

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  11. C'est si belle! The lights, the movement, the beautiful detail on the merry-go-round. Just stunning. A welcome antidote to my humeur de chien day. Thank you Eric.

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  12. What Suzy said—and more! And hey, you even caught last night's full moon. While you were seeing it there in Paris, I was admiring it here in NYC. Et voila: small world! Considering that you've made your choices for the 2010 calendar, does that mean that this (and all subsequent 2009 photos) are out of contention? I definitely think this deserves a spot on either 2010 or 2011!

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  13. I don't think it's corny -- it looks like a magical evening to me...
    Great for a calendar ;)

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  14. I like it corny or not. But, I don't think it is corny. Did I say I LIKE IT....

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  15. Well...Knock me over with an Eiffel Tower...it's ET..ET...ET...again!! Love it!! Ohhhhh...tomate!!!!??

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  16. Local election where I work. Just checked the returns. Uh oh, my job just went to s__t. I really need to find a way to move to Paris, now!

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  17. 21 comments since midnight. I think this one might be a hit Eric. Lovely!

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  18. Ms. M said it well: This is magical!

    It makes me smile. :)

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  19. I always think the Eiffel Tower looks better at night (...although I hope they're using energy saving bulbs!)

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  20. lovely! one one of our paris trips when my son was about 7, we had to go to the Eiffel Tower EVERY DAY because his most favourite thing in Paris was to ride on the Carousel and then have a chocolate crepe from the van nearby. Happy memories!

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  21. Sorry I'm late ~ I passed out this morning from the loveliness and I've only just come to.

    Eric, this is breathtaking. I echo those who've already asked: pretty please with fairy floss {cotton candy} on top, can it still squeeze into the calendar?

    ETSuzy, you're adorable!

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  22. I don't know Eric. As lovely as this photo is, maybe it should be saved for next year's calendar. I mean, the people HAVE voted already haven't they? ;-)

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  23. Beautiful! I got some beautiful night pictures of the ET when I was there last month. The merry go round was there then too. It' been a month since I was there and now I'm missing it. :(

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  24. nice pic... as always!

    yes... there is some special effect going on... but i think after about 8 PM only...

    yesterday i saw Eiffel Tower from Puteaux (on board T2) at 6:30 PM there was nothing special, but while returning at 10:30 PM I saw IT!!!

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  25. Definitely calendar-worthy! -- Elizabeth

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  26. Paris, city of lights. I love that shot. I hope you can add it to the calendar.

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  27. Eric~ This is beautiful!! Please consider it for the calendar or at least for next years. Absolutely stunning. At first I thought the street light was the full moon. I love the lights reflecting also. Bellisimo!! Thanks soooo much Valorie

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  28. That IS another great ET photo, Eric !

    As far as I know, the "special lightshow" is run in the evening, every hour, after the "usual" 5 minutes twinkling, so from 8.00pm to 11.00pm. And it lasts 12 minutes.
    ...but it's only until Dec.,31st.

    More details on www.toureiffel.fr

    ... and photos on my blogs ! (sorry, Eric, I couldn't resist!!!)

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  29. Ooh, thanks for the info, Thib. I haven't checked the ET official site for a while. The light show is fabulous.

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  30. Just saw the photo this morning. Ooh it makes me feel good!
    Thank you Eric!

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  31. Just had to look at this again (and now realize that what I took for last night's full moon is actually a street lamp). That just means that if Eric and I are going to be looking at the same thing, I'll have to come to Paris. Hey, I like that idea even better than the "same moon" one!

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  32. I have only been to Paris once but I, as I'm sure many people have, fell in love with it! One of my fondest memories was sitting on the bench just beside this merry-go-round watching as the Eiffel Tower sparkled!

    Thank you for this photo, it's beautiful!

    Siobhan, Glasgow

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  33. .Eric--here's a suggestion--was on the 93 bus today thru Neuilly to Puteaux and saw 2 mannikins all dressed in purple suits on a balcony 3 or 4 flts up with a garden table, 2 chairs and a load of bread! Had to double take, they looked so real. They were on the right hand side of the street toward the Bagatelle past Charles deGaulle. Cool!

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  34. Did I just see a sneak preview of the photo for tomorrow? Something about the dark?????

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  35. @Cathy Vail. thanks. "Where is it exactly ? "They were on the right hand side of the street toward the Bagatelle past Charles deGaulle." You don't know the street name by any chance?

    @Thib. You were absolutely right to do so!

    So everyone, you liked the photo right?! I' glad you did! And I may use it for the Calendar, you're right.

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  36. Eric, in the enlargement I see a bit of the new lighting design on ET.

    Maggi-- Chocolate (ok Nutella) crepes at the foot of the Eiffle Tower- that's living.

    Jeff-- if you find a way to move to Paris from the US please let me know!

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  37. Thib your ET photos are spectacular! Thank you so much for going out that first night to capture the light show.

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  38. Great Pix, Thib! Thanks for posting them. : )

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  39. ERIC! What could be more beautiful than the carrousel, la tour Eiffel et la lune ???? Perfect. One of my favorite photos you've shown us.
    V

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  40. Eric, I don't think you have enough to do, so I have an idea: two calendars. One for 2010, favorite photos from 2009. Another, also for 2010, favorite Eiffel Tower photos of all time! I'll bet that would be a big seller!

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  41. I'm suffering here... it's serious. I need a fix. I need it bad. Where is Eric? How can I go to bed without a new PDP picture to fill my dreams? I know there are others out there, desperate for a fix (ok and wondering if Eric is ok or has grown tired of us :-(). How do we survive until morning? Will the old pictures be enough until Eric has a chance to post? I hope it is as I must go to bed so I can teach my dear teen angels tomorrow.
    Good night all. May I get some rest without my daily PDP post.

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  42. La photo est belle avec ses couleurs chaudes et son invitation au rêve parisien. Elle vient d'obtenir la clémence d'Eric (quoique involontairement, sans aucun doute) et a gagné quelques heures de plus que ses pairs. Cela va faire des jaloux (ses) ;-)
    Bonne journée qui se lève sur Paris... Un peu gris... ;-)

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  43. Sorry everyone, my fault again. I messed up with the scheduling option of Blogger...

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  44. thanks for this wonderful picture. i was just in paris (october 28-november 3) and miss the city so much. i saw the eiffel tower on a cloudy day but never got back to see it at night (during this visit). glad i didn't make a special trip to see the "new" lights.

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  45. Just a perfect shot. There's a man on the horse? :D Lucky him.

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