There is no more iconic image than the Eiffel Tower – at least in my mind anyway. Show a picture of it to just about anyone in the world and they will immediately be able to identify it. Built from 1887-1889 as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair it was immediately derided by local artists and architects as ‘monstrous’ and ‘useless’. Ironic as it is now the most visited paid monument in the world.
In pondering my first post in such a long time, I think my mind drifted to that which is most present for me as I go about my day to day life. Of all the incredible sights I have the pleasure of enjoying every day, the Eiffel Tower is by far the most powerful and impactful. I cannot walk outside the door to my building without seeing her magnificent silhouette. I still pinch myself to think that I actually live in such a beautiful city. Whenever I walk to the market, metro or anywhere for that matter, this iron beauty is there peaking through the trees, reflecting in a window or towering over a building. Day and night, I find I am never bored with this architectural marvel.
So I am dedicating this blog to the Eiffel Tower, its designers, and the hundreds of people who brought it to life over a century ago. I am also including the scores of people who maintain it on a daily bases as well as the brave and dedicated painters who every 7 years apply nearly 60 tons of paint using only brushes. It is because of their hard work that I and millions of others each year, have the opportunity to enjoy the splendor of her beauty as she calmly and so quietly watches over us all. All the photos in this gallery were taken by me over the past 3 years while I have lived here in Paris. I hope you enjoy them.