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Under Eiffel Tower At Night

When the Eiffel Tower is not sparkling, another way to enjoy it is to look at it from underneath at night. Seeing this structure from this viewpoint during the day is not dramatically different from the night time view but it does give a different feeling. The night sky is a blank backdrop for the lit structure to show off its complex and intricate construction. It feels like you are under a sleeping giant.

A view like this is reminiscent of a four-legged starfish. Starfish normally have five legs. They are in abundance in all temperature ranges, from tropical water to cold water, but not close to Paris. To see starfish, you would have to use CheapCaribbean promo codes to get great deals on a variety of trips to the many luxury resorts scattered throughout the Caribbean.

In this picture, the North Pillar is on the lower left, making the South Pillar in the upper right. The East Pillar is in the upper left and the West Pillar is in the lower right. Or put another way, the northeast side is on the left, the southeast side is on top, the southwest side is on the right and the northwest side is on the bottom.

When you come here at night, vendors will try to sell you little glow-in-the-dark flying objects. They launch it up into the air, high above everyone’s heads, hoping to impress a tourist to buy one of these cheap toys. They do make a pretty sight as they fly around but it is best to watch them, not buy them.

Under Eiffel Tower at Night


Eiffel Tower Sparkling Lights

The French are not content to light up the Eiffel Tower. They have to make it sparkle. And starting at 8pm every night, bright white flashes sparkle all up and down the tower from top to bottom, making it sizzle like a sparkler. This show of gaudiness continues for five minutes and then shuts off, waiting for 9pm to arrive. This continues on the hour, the last one at 1am.

If you happen to be anywhere near the tower when the sparkles light up, you hear everyone exclaiming in glee, many times concluding with a spontaneous round of applause.

During those five minutes, everyone is jockeying for a great photo or video shot, usually in the adjacent Champ de Mars, a large park with grass in the middle and trees on both sides.

There are 20,000 flashing lights on the tower and were installed in 1999 for Paris’s Millennium Celebration on New Year’s Eve. This is truly one of the night-time spectacles every visitor to Paris should see.

Eiffel Tower Sparkling Lights


Eiffel Tower At Night From River Seine

There is the Eiffel Tower during the day and another one at night. The one at night is just as fascinating as the one in the day. While you appreciate the massiveness and majesty of the tower during the day, you appreciate its beauty and brightness at night from anywhere in Paris.

As the sky darkens and the City of Lights lives up to its name, the Eiffel Tower stands above the rest, a bright beacon on top of the tower circling around. The beacon lights are 180-degrees apart so two big beams are seen with each revolution.

Whether you are close or far from the Eiffel Tower, there is no mistaking it for any other structure.

One of the best ways to see this unique light show is on a night tour of the River Seine. The river gives you a close and unobstructed view of tower.

The lights turn off at 1am every night.

On the left side of the picture, you can see part of the Pont d’Iéna Bridge over the river.

Eiffel Tower and River Seine at Night


Under the Eiffel Tower

One of the fascinating aspects of the Eiffel Tower is that you can view its underside. Walking around the massive steel structure is like an adult’s version of a children’s playground. It is amazing that such a structure is supported by such giant steel girders.

What makes one feel overawed is by seeing this vantage point, normally not available in most other giant monuments, because the construction does not allow you to see both the underside and the outside simultaneously. It may be possible to get into the depths of the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, but it is not possible to view the outside at the same time. The outdoor feeling is like one would get when using Cheap Caribbean promo codes that work, with gentle breezes blowing under a blue sky. Except that the temperature is much cooler than in the tropics.

The afternoon sun is on the left, the south-west side of the structure. That would make the right side the north-east side and the bottom, the north-west side. The top is the north-east side. Or to put it another way, the pillar in the upper-left is the south pillar, the pillar in the lower-right is the north pillar. That makes the east pillar in the upper right the east and the west pillar in the lower left. Here is a student’s analysis of the tower from an engineering perspective.

Currently, the tower is painted in a shade of bronze. To enhance the height, three shades of paint are used, with the darkest on the bottom and the lightest on the top.

Under the Eiffel Tower


Eiffel Tower North Pillar

Walking up to the Eiffel Tower is one of the most exhilarating feelings because it is like finally meeting something or someone that you have known about all of your life through pictures but now here is the real thing. Small by 21st-century standards as far as tall monuments go, it is still very impressive.

Part of that awe-inspiring experience is due to the environment in which you now find yourself. No longer sitting at a computer screen or looking at a picture in a book, you are seeing the real thing. You look around you and sure enough, you are in Paris and you are standing in front of the Eiffel Tower with thousands of other tourists.

It is the idea that you can reach out and touch it that may make this kind of experience a spine-tingling one. As you walk in and around it and under it, you get a feel for its massiveness. One of the unique things about this monument is being able to view its underside.

Each leg is known as a pillar, and each pillar is labeled north, east, south or west. This picture shows the north pillar.

Eiffel Tower - North Pillar


Beijing Olympic Medalist Wall

In the shadow of the National Stadium in Beijing, the now 80,000 seat stadium that was the main competition venue for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, is a wall in which all of the winners’s names were engraved. This painstaking compilation must have taken many months, not only to do but to get the information correct.

The years of sun and rain have tarnished the silver on the left, the gold still stands out and that same sun and rain have also washed the bronze color away on the right. However, the colors have been preserved a bit better in the listing itself.

The red emblem is called “Dancing Beijing” and represents a dancing figure. It is taken from the second Chinese character of the Chinese phrase for Beijing, the “Jing” part, which means “capital”. Beijing is the capital of China.

The color red is highly-regarded in Chinese culture and symbolizes good fortune and joy, so the red background for a dancing figure is very appropriate. The design recalls a Chinese seal or chop.



Beijing National Stadium Grounds

As you approach the Beijing’s Bird’s Nest in Olympic Green you see this wide expanse of paved but unpainted areas. Suitable for parking, supposedly. But parking what? There are no parking lines or signs. Nothing to organize traffic flow.

A search of what this space could possibly be turned up nothing. Some pictures show that it used to be for construction facilities but that was gone by the time the stadium opened for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.

The little bird’s nest light cages are a nice effect but they seem out of place with the vast expanse to the right of them.

For sure it is not for people to drive their cars and park because there is a security screening system for everyone to go through.

Google Maps and Google Earth images do not show enough detail to reveal what used to be there. So it seems to fit in with the problems that the stadium has: not many events require a venue seating 80,000 people and the stadium itself remains unused for what it was built. It is a tourist attraction and not much more.

Beijing National Stadium Grounds


Beijing National Stadium

The National Stadium in Beijing was built for the 2008 Summer Olympics. At that time, it could seat 91,000 spectators, but has since been reduced to 80,000. The distinctive design resembles a bird’s nest, hence its nickname, Bird’s Nest.

It was built in under five years at a cost of US$423 million, and at its peak, had 17,000 construction workers onsite.

The stadium is actually two separate structures, the outer nest and the inner seating. The outer structure was designed to hide the supports for the retractable roof but the roof was then removed from the plans due to a similar roof collapse at the Charles de Gaulle International Airport, leaving the outer structure to remain for cosmetic purposes.

Every surface has been optimized for temperature and airflow to improve ventilation. A rainwater collection system purifies water for use around and throughout the stadium. A geothermal heat pump (GHP) system in conjunction with pipes installed under the playing surface absorb heat from the soil to warm the stadium in the winter and dissipate heat to the soil in the summer to cool the stadium.

Beijing National Stadium


Olympic Green

The Olympic Green is an enormous park built in Beijing for the 2008 Summer Olympics and 10 competition venues including the Beijing National Stadium, seen here on the right and the Beijing National Aquatics Center, seen here on the left, as well as the residence for the athletes, known as the Olympic Village.

The Beijing National Stadium seated 91,000 spectators (now reduced to 80,000) and is nicknamed “Bird’s Nest” for its distinctive architecture and the Beijing National Aquatics Center seated 17,000 spectators (now reduced to 7,000) and is nicknamed “Water Cube” a reference to its shape.

This marked the first time China has ever hosted the Olympic Games, first held in Athens in 1896, and made China the 22nd country to host the Olympic Games and the 18th to host the Summer Olympic Games. 204 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) sent 10,942 athletes to compete in 28 sports and 302 events. The equestrian events were held in Hong Kong under the auspices of a separate Olympic Committee.

The giant walkway seen here runs down the center of the park from south to north in accordance with Chinese design practices which emphasize symmetry and the central axis.

Olympic Green Looking North


First Folio

In the museum’s exhibition, Life, Love and Legacy, which is the first one you see when touring the place, there is a centerpiece object in the front of the room. It is an old book that, as you can see in this picture, is securely displayed in a locked glass case. Formally known as Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies, it is now called by its nickname, First Folio. It is a collection of 36 of Shakespeare’s plays (he wrote a total of 38) and was compiled in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare died.

It is the only reliable text for 20 of Shakespeare’s plays, since only 18 of them had been published before 1623, but it is even regarded as authoritative for many of the previously published ones. It includes all of the plays that are considered to be written by Shakespeare except for Pericles, Prince of Tyre and The Two Noble Kinsmen, and the two “lost plays”, Cardenio and Love’s Labour’s Won.

The book is of uneven quality due to the varying competence of the compositors, the people who put the words together with the type, the letters that would print the words. Modern research shows that five compositors shared the workload, each having different spelling habits, peculiarities, and skill levels. The worst was an apprentice who had a lot of trouble with the manuscript copy.

First Folio