the eiffel tower (tour eiffel en français) is more french than baguettes. well, maybe not. but it’s up there. it’s so french, so parisian, in fact, that I’ve seen it a million times and taken a bunch of pics of it. this is significant because I don’t normally care for trite, tourist-y representations of a city. (I never saw the white house in the seven-plus years I lived in washington, dc and I never even went close to the statue of liberty when I lived in new york.)
the eiffel tower, however, is right in the center of paris and can be seen from a bajillion places near and far. you can’t help but notice it. yes, it’s tourist-y. but it’s also symbolic (it was built to commemorate the french revolution) and makes the city’s landscape instantly recognizable.
some of the pics I’ve taken so far: