Monthly Archives: July 2017

Underbelly

Our tour group got to go below the tower, to look at the system of hydraulic lifts that operate the elevators. It was interesting even though I was busy taking pictures and missed a lot of the explanation.

It was also sad: I thought how fun it would be to tell my dad – a civil engineer – about it when I got home. It’s coming up on two years since he passed away, so I guess I didn’t get to Paris soon enough.

Eiffel Tower
Paris
photographed 6.8.2017

Invocation of science

This would have been slightly more interesting if I’d known it while I was there, but there are 72 names on the Eiffel Tower; Gustave Eiffel called it “an invocation of science” because of his concerns over protests against the tower. It doesn’t sound especially plausible, that a list of names would calm down protesters, but the very existence of the tower indicates that it worked. I guess.

(Click for a larger view, and you can see them, at the bottom of that rectangular section.)

Eiffel Tower
Paris
photographed 6.8.2017

That View

I had to. And I’m not sorry, either.

Eiffel Tower
Paris
photographed 6.8.2017

Follow

Well, in spite of those very simple instructions (that were even in English!), I actually failed to follow the rabbit.

along Rue Saint-Rustique
Montmartre
Paris, France
photographed 6.9.2017

The observer

This guy did me a huge favor by looking at the buskers across the street at exactly the moment I made this photo. Merci, random French guy!

along Rue Norvins
Montmartre
Paris, France
photographed 6.9.2017

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