Eiffel Tower

The big erection in Paris

The great erection of Paris, the Eiffel Tower

The great erection of Paris, the Eiffel Tower

It's an imposing structure that pierces the sky

It’s an imposing structure that pierces the sky

I had to pinch myself to remind me that I wasn’t dreaming. The Eiffel Tower, Paris’s big erection stood before me in all its tall (and glorious) splendor that Sunday afternoon last September enroute from Charles de Gaulle Airport to my hotel.

There’s something about places that you’ve often encounter in images, TV, movies, or being written or sung about but haven’t seen before. There’s that element of familiarity but when you’re actually there, body and soul, you still get excited and giddy and wide eyed. I was.

We saw the Eiffel Tower destroyed in a G.I. Joe movie. Or how it looks like in photos, often in creative compositions but the first time I got a close up view, passing by, almost under its monstrous construction, one cold and crisp morning, walking to Musee de Quai Branly, I was amazed at it. And at night, it can be more stunning.

There were interesting details like the many names emblazoned at the lower part that I haven’t seen in movies or images. Or how the morning sun strikes the heavy wrought iron bars casting a shadow under. Or how many tourists from all over the world gamely pose before it, making themselves look silly for a memory.

But even when one is afar, as long as you see the Eiffel Tower, or how, when walking or driving around and buildings and trees block and show, block and show this beautiful landmark, you’re just enthralled. And a good reminder that, yeah, you’re really in Paris. Not a dream.

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications.

He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces.

I’m open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

2 Comments

  1. Micole l Philippine Traveler
    November 1, 2013 @ 0:03

    I’d like to believe that this is the only architectural tower that is most popular to ALL people in the world. Indeed, when you see it you really have reached Paris. =)

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    November 10, 2013 @ 23:10

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