When DP and I visited Paris recently, we stayed on Rue Cler in the 7th Arrondissement, about a ten minute walk from the Eiffel Tower. We visited it twice… I never tire of this view. I love to watch people who are obviously seeing the Tower for the first time. They are, quite simply, bewitched.
I found an interesting tidbit that connects the Eiffel Tower to my (current) fair city. Apparently, Gustave Eiffel originally planned to build the tower in Barcelona for the Universal Exposition of 1888 but the people at Barcelona city hall found it to be a strange and expensive construction that did not fit into the design of the city. Eiffel then submitted his proposal to the planning committee of the Universal Exhibition in Paris. The rest is history… and blue sparkling lights!