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A red Eiffel Tower? How strange!

Look closely- you'll see it's made of chairs!

I have to admit, I was surprised!

If you look closely you can see it's made up of chairs

If you look closely, you can see it’s made up of stacked chairs.  So clever!

It was built to celebrate the Eiffel Tower’s 125th birthday and is made up of 324 garden chairs. Our 25 years seemed almost insignificant by comparison.

It's currently down on Paris Plage

The red tower is currently down on Paris Plage

While the 'real' tower sparkles distantly

While the ‘real’ tower sparkles in the distance

It can still look quite small, depending where you stand

It can still look quite small, depending on where you stand

But my favourite images are watery ones

But my favourite images are watery ones

The fountains playing bring out the child in me

The fountains playing bring out the child in me

And I want to play in all that water

And I want to play with all that water!

Thank you for all the kind and wonderful wishes we received last weekend.  As you can see from the dramatic skies, we had a mix of weather, but Paris sparkled for us.  And on our return home, a huge bouquet arrived from my lovely lady friends.

I hope this weekend brings a little sparkle into your lives.  Please don’t forget to share it with Cate at Show My Face.

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123 comments

  1. Not naughty at all Jo, glad you linked me back to this as I did certainly miss it! Fascinating that red Eiffel Tower with the red chairs, you had me fooled for sure! Now I’ve realised that I obviously also missed that you went to Paris for your silver wedding anniversary? How did I miss that too? Must have been when I was away and I didn’t blog for 2 weeks. See how much I missed? A lifetime! Well, I know it’s very late, but I do wish send you and your hubby wonderful wishes for your special 25 years and by reading here, you obviously had a wonderful time, so glad that despite the weather Paris sparked for you 🙂 When hubby and I went a few years ago, it was in November and the same weekend that an icy blast froze through. And it was bitter. But we still had a marvellous time and when we went down the Seine the sun came out warming us up wonderfully 😀
    Happy Silver Wedding Anniversary Jo – Love me ❤ x

    1. Thanks, Sherri 🙂 I wasn’t fishing for wishes (though they’re more than welcome 🙂 ). I’d forgotten that aspect of the post- I just wanted you to see the red tower 🙂 🙂 Have you caught up enough to post yet? I checked yesterday and there was nothing new. I’m bursting to post Giverny now that I’m almost up to scratch (so long as I ignore my Inbox- how can so much happen in 5 days?? ?) Hugs 🙂

      1. Ahh…I of course know you weren’t’ fishing’ and yes, I was fascinated by the red tower, never seen anything like it 🙂
        I’ve struggled this week with posting as you’ve noticed. I know just what you mean about trying to ignore the inbox, like you, I have to post before I go there otherwise I’m lost. I’ve been in a strange writing place for a while now, although I have been writing my book. Still, hoping for a post up today. Toying with one or two ideas, who knows what will go out…watch this space, haha 😀
        Looking forward to your Giverny post…see you soon Jo and hugs right back at ya… >3

  2. Ah, you almost had me fooled!! The Eiffel was blue when we went in 2008 in honour of France’s presidency of the EU. The small tower behind the sculpture is my favourite Jo.

    1. What a subject to play with, Tina 🙂 🙂 My head full of Paris I just picked an image, which happened to be the red tower, and started from there. Thank you 🙂

    1. Well over 1000, Pauline, but I’ve axed quite a few :(. Sometimes I keep them for the memory if it’s not a very good shot but I can be ruthless 🙂 I’m not one for processing and if I keep them to ‘play with’ I know I’ll never get there. Who was it said you have loads of time in your retirement? Can’t have been a blogger! 🙂

    1. You have to cross over the Seine to the Trocadero to take the fountains, Smidge (or approach from the Champs Elysee along Avenue Kleber). There are water canon too- absolutely tremendous! 🙂

    1. There’s always someone to surprise the hell out of you, isn’t there, Emilio? 🙂 I know I’m overdue a visit to your blog, hon, but I need to finish my Monday walk. I’ll be right over afterwards.

  3. Paris is that one overrated destination that I think are justified. I loved it at first sight. Have fun, and travel safe! I wonder if Eiffel is the most redone architecture.

  4. Just so amazing Jo and you’ve captured it all so well! I love the red Eiffel Tower. Now who would have thought of that? Love the photo where you took the shot from behind the statue. Made me smile. 😀

    It looks like you had lots of fun hon. I am so glad for you. Thanks for sharing with us. 😀
    ♥ Big Hugs ♥

  5. The red Eiffel is fantastic, Jo. I agree with you… The fountain images are my favourite too 🙂 Hope you had a wonderful anniversary. Looking forward to more Paris posts, and some lovely walks too.

  6. Welcome home Jo, and Happy Anniversary! What a fantastic way to celebrate. Your photos are gorgeous, and I must admit I love the one taken from the statue’s backside. Quite a view! 🙂 That garden chair sculpture is beautiful. I can tell you had a wonderful time. ~Terri

    1. It was brilliant, Lucy 🙂 A little too much exercise up and down 4 flights of stairs to our apartment but it was an excuse to stay out longer 🙂 We were close to Les Halles with everything on the doorstep so no complaints really. Giverny was fabulous and Versailles impressive too 🙂 And we went to a concert in Saint Chapelle. Don’t get me started- I’ll go on and on! 🙂

      1. Look forward to hearing all about it! We have just booked the Eurostar to Paris in December, though not sure if we’ll stay in the city or go on somewhere else yet – although it’d be nice to go somewhere else I can’t get enough of Paris!

  7. Jo I am so happy you had a wonderful time in Paris. I love the way you have used different perspectives in capturing the Eiffel Tower. The one of the statue with it’s butt looking our way as he gazes at the tower is my fave. The wooden lawn chair red tower is so real. I thought I was seeing the tower in red lights till you explained. What fun!

    1. Hi Sue 🙂 Yes, it was brilliant, thanks. I had absolutely no idea what I was going to post for 6WS but I started with the red tower and it kind of ‘wrote itself’. I took more than 1000 photos so you’ll probably see a little bit of Paris in the coming days 🙂 Right now, time has become the enemy again.
      You out and about fitness training for the trip to Italy? It’s quite soon, isn’t it?

      1. I look forward to the photos! Yes off for a long ride tomorrow so I should be in bed not playing on the blog. 🙂 We leave Sept 19th so still a month away. Cramming for the finals. 🙂

    1. saw the fountains playing, not once. We were never there in the season, of course.
      But we loved Paris immensely, nonetheless …
      Your photos are lovely, Jo …

      1. Thanks, M-R 🙂 I was hesitant, to be truthful. I was there as a not very bright and very pregnant 20 year old, and apart from Sacre Coeur not much left a lasting impression. This time was so much better. The right guy, I guess 🙂

      1. Hi Jo,
        Having trouble keeping up, but better late than never! I put one kid on a plane for Turkey the day before yesterday and picked another one up from Lithuania today. Lots of packing and last minute errands, but it should quiet down now, at least for a couple of weeks.
        How are you doing, Jo? Well, I hope!

  8. Welcome home,dear Jo (why do I suddenly feel like I’m channeling Little Woman)!! The chair tower is stunning. So glad you enjoyed Paris and hope to see more photos. I can never get enough Paris!

  9. Excellent photos! My favorites are #3 and #4, although I agree, the watery ones are lovely and evocative of a little splash. But I love the colors in #3 and #4 and the implicit invitation to take a walk.

    Everyone likes to try his or her hand at photographing famous landmarks. Maybe someday I’ll try Seattle’s Space Needle.

    1. Go on ! Please share 🙂

      Thanks a lot, Nicki. It would have been better to be further along the Seine to see the tower twinkling but the red version was an unexpected bonus.

  10. I was at the exact same spot by the fountains looking at Tour Eiffel, and I remember that nude guy that you captured from behind :), but the red tower was not there in May last year. Terrific takes, Jo! Especially that last one. I can see you had a lot of fun 🙂 🙂

    1. That’s what water’s for, Paula! I loved the canons 🙂 Only regret was that we didn’t get back that way on an evening, but you can imagine- I walked his legs off!
      The evening photos were taken after a violin concert in St. Chapelle. Fabulous! 🙂

    1. It was a great trip, Gilly. I’d been very briefly when I was young and daft but it was a much friendlier place than I remembered as well as being so beautiful. 🙂

    1. Thank you! The weather wasn’t quite what I was expecting but it certainly didn’t spoil anything (except when the rain ran down the back of our seats on the open top bus 🙂 )

  11. LOVE the perspective from the Trocadéro with the statue in the foreground. How cool is that shot! And I love seeing what art work there is in Paris, always surprising. I really need to go there more often – as in every year!!! How was the apartment? And I look forward to seeing Giverny, naturally.

    1. I need about 15 posts to cover it all, Jude, so some of the stories may never get told 🙂 Four flights up circular wooden stairs and no lift but it was like being at home. I really liked it. A little dilapidated, or should I say ‘lived in’ but with such nice character. And a heap of books on the shelves that I didn’t have time to read.
      It was in Rue Tiquetonne near Les Halles so not as smart as the Marais but probably better suited to me and Mick 🙂

  12. Welcome home,Jo. The red chair tower is really quite clever. I hope it is up when we go in early Sept. Your pictures are great and love the angle from “behind” the statue. Do I need to pack cool weather clothes and rain jacket. Looking forward to more on your trip.

    1. Thanks, Lynne 🙂 The weather was a bit of a surprise to me. I was expecting warm and sticky and it was quite cool at times (though much warmer than my bit of the UK right now). The leaves were already changing colour in Paris so it may be an early Autumn. It’s been a very strange year for weather!
      There was a Daily Telegraph article on the red tower which I meant to include as a link. It started out on Champ de Mars in June for the 125th and I’m assuming it’ll stay on the embankment till Paris Plage finishes at the end of August. You might have to Google it because I don’t know after that. 😦

  13. Looks as though you enjoyed Paris and love that red Eiffel Tower, I read somewhere that the original colour of the tower was red and much nicer than the grey brown it is today. The fountains look amazing, wonderful to be among them during the warmer months.

  14. Wow, stunningly beautiful images of an ugly piece of iron, really. I love that you saw the tour from the fountains side too, because a lot of visitors miss that angle, which is the most beautiful one.
    That area where the fountains are is name after a Swedish King; Gustaf V.
    My favorite is the one with the statue in the foreground, fantastic capture. You have a truly good eye for angles and details. Is this your old camera???? Excellent team work.

      1. 1000 images …. you’re worse than me *smile
        Good on you – that makes you more open eyed and imaginable.
        Can you image you and me together with our cameras – the destination of ours needs to rest after our departure

      2. I still haven’t looked into Belfast but I might 🙂 Daren’t spend any more money just yet. We’re in the Algarve in a couple of weeks and then I’m off to Nottingham to see Lisa (which always costs 🙂 🙂 but she’s worth it). You’re off to Chicago soon, aren’t you? Fantastic!

      3. Beflast will be there for years to come … I’m glad to read that your going to Algrave soon. I would love to visit Algrave when you are there, maybe next year …. Chicago, 2nd of Sept. Only weeks away.
        I can image you’re looking forward to visit Lisa … and I think there is no pricetag as such on that visit. *smile

  15. Lovely photos Jo! Eiffel Tower is awesome and celebrating your special anniversary in Paris is certainly a perfect choice! Have a relax weekend Jo, trust you will have a good one 🙂

  16. Fountains and statue are the winners for me this time – that lovely unexpected perspective that makes a photo special. And of course, the sky. What’s it like to be home, and to have marked a milestone so gloriously?

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