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The Eiffel Tower is one of the most recognised landmarks in the world, and while I completely adore Paris I’m afraid it’s most visited attraction has never really done much for me.
While it is undeniably iconic and synonymous with the Parisian cityscape, I remember being quite underwhelmed and a little disappointed by the Eiffel Tower and the hordes of tourists swarming at its base.
But in the evening all of this changes and the City of Light lives up to its name.
The Eiffel Tower is illuminated each evening after sunset and the addition of twinkling lights every hour transform this 324 meter steel monstrosity into a Disney-esque light show.
Every hour on the hour after dark the 20,000 light bulbs that have been superimposed over the permanent lights shimmer in a enchanting display of true Parisian charm.
This photograph was taken at the base the Eiffel Tower near the carousel on the corner of the Pont d’Iéna and Quai Branly. I love the dreamlike quality of this image and prefer this handheld, slightly blurred shot to the perfectly focused ones that I have.
I recommend picking up a bottle of wine and some yummy Parisian delicacies and picnicking on the grass in the Champs du Mars for a post sunset view of the Eiffel Tower lights at night.