Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Eiffel Tower

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I have been to Paris on several occasions (it's only two hours away from Lyon by train), but it was when I was there for the third time in 2009 that I saw the Iron Lady up-close for the first time, all lighted up right in front of me. It was by coincidence when my dad took me to dinner around Musée Nationale de la Marine. Although I admit that the Eiffel Tower is far from being the best landmark that Paris has to show us, I now realize it is captivating in its own way, at least photographically.
J'ai eu plusieurs occasions d'aller à Paris (c'est seulement à deux heures de Lyon en train), mais c'était quand j'étais là-bas pour la troisième fois en 2009 que j'ai vu la Dame de Fer de près pour la première fois, toute éclairée en face de moi. C'était par hasard quand mon père m'a emmené dîner autour du Musée Nationale de la Marine. Même si je pense que la Tour Eiffel est loin d'être l'une des meilleurs endroits que Paris a à nous montrer, je me rends compte maintenant qu'elle a un charme unique à sa façon, du moins photographiquement

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"And rising
up inside
it seems knitted
with genius
of birds with whom you
share the view and feel
that vertiginous breeze
rifling the gold buds
of birch trees, driving
the swans like snowflakes
across the slate pools below.
The wrought iron
was strung up purely
in the substanceless
abstraction of thouth,
set somehow against all
the trips and balances
of nothing, the engineering
of the air."

--Christopher Buckley, On The Eiffel Tower, Poetry Magazine, June 1987

2 comments:

  1. Ah, the Eiffel Tower is pretty great. Have you seen it at night when the lights go off on it? That's pretty magical. xx


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  2. oh yes indeed, it's magical in the evenings too :)

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