Paris Bits—Vignettes and Pensées, Day 4

As Dave says, the sight of the Eiffel Tower—sparkling or not—never grows old, because it’s more than just a dazzling structure: It speaks forcefully to the city’s inviolable commitment to civic beauty.

May this vignette bring a little sparkle to your day.

The Eiffel Tower in the Millennium

We have a view of the Eiffel Tower from our room, and though the view may be cliché, there is nothing tired about the sight, whether it is barely there in the dim rusty haze of the morning rush hour or sparkling like champagne at night with its 20,000 bulbs bubbling wildly for ten minutes each hour on the hour from dusk until 1:00 a.m. The tower’s insouciant presence in the absence of skyscrapers tells the world: We did not block up and desecrate this city’s sky. The Eiffel Tower now at mid-afternoon, sun-bronzed, distinct in the distance. From our room, with the haze cleared away by the afternoon’s brisk wind, I can see right through it.

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More Paris Bits:

Writers on Vacation in Paris
All in a Day in Paris
The Art Teacher
Lunch on the Rue de la Roquette

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