The Eiffel Tower, Shimmying and Shimmering

Eiffel Tower light show, Paris


The Eiffel Tower celebrated its 120th birthday this year and Paris has staged a series of events to mark this great occasion.

Last month we visited the excellent exhibit, ‘Gustave Eiffel, le Magicien du Fer (Magician of Iron)’, at the Hôtel de Ville.

Last night we joined locals and tourists alike at Trocadéro, to watch the 12-minute Eiffel Tower light show. What a fun, dazzling display it is, one minute for each decade the Tower has been standing.

Every colour of the rainbow is used, with lights moving and dancing up and down the structure so at times it seems as if the Tower itself is shimmying in the moonlight. There’s a festive buzz in the air and from what we could tell, everyone else enjoyed the show as much as we did.

Our rather primitive camera-video (and no tripod) doesn’t do it full justice but for those of you not in Paris, here are a couple minutes. I hope you enjoy a taste of the Eiffel Tower showing off on a December night.

The Eiffel Tower light show uses low energy LED spotlights, described in further detail on the Tower’s official site. The show runs four times each evening until 31 December 2009, at 8, 9, 10, and 11pm.

If you can get there, we highly recommend this fun, unique view of a favourite Paris icon.

5 Responses

  1. I have got to go see this before it is over. I just find it hard to get out after it gets dark in the winter.

  2. Oh I must get back to Paris to see this, will have to beg my husband.. oh time is running out though 😦

  3. Hi Carolyn & Clive,

    I think that is pretty good !! It gives us a very good feeling for the show. Now I should hop on over, but you know how bad we locals sometimes are of taking advantage of what’s in our own backyards .

    Nice to hear from you during your Paris stay.
    Happy trails and take care my friends.

  4. Thank you Carolyn! It was a real treat. I can’t believe how long you have been gone, twice this year.
    It is cold in LA but always I have a smile on my face thinking that summer is in full swing in the southern hemisphere.

  5. Linda, it’s definitely worth seeing – just a fun outing 🙂

    Anne, I’m sure you and your hubby would enjoy it, too. Hope you get to Paris together soon.

    xpat, so true about what’s in our own backyard.

    Nadege, it’s definitely summer here now — hope your L.A. weather warms up soon. Didn’t you go to France this year — hope that was a great trip. too!

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