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Eiffel Tower Telescopes | Elegant French Style

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

A Moment In France

Remembering Paris in the rain with gold and silver telescopes on the Eiffel Tower offers mental relief from the oppressive August temperatures in Texas and the oppressive confines of no travel during the pandemic in 2020. 

With no physical way to beat the heat by traveling in person, I am beating the heat by leisurely browsing through my photos of my last visit to Paris during a cool month in September. 

As I came upon a group of rainy-day photos, I paused to stare off into the heat-searing whitened blue skies and remembered a visit to the Eiffel Tower with my sister, just the two of us.  

Eiffel Tower gold and silver telescopes are beautiful even when dripping with rain under misty Paris skies
The Eiffel Tower telescopes, dripping with rain under misty, overcast gray skies remind me of our travel schedules developed over the years. Whatever the weather, no outing was canceled. We dressed for the weather and proceeded with our day optimistically, promising ourselves, and any companions, we would have a good time. 

e i f f e l   t o w e r   t e l e s c o p e s 

E l e g a n t   F r e n c h   S t y l e

Recall I often traveled as a chaperone for high school students touring France and surrounding countries. It was always important to help students learn how to navigate life's ups and downs with a positive outlook. You know, we aren't born with skills to work through unexpected turns. Travel and its adventures are a grand way to learn to face life's twists calmly and to carry on... as the British say. 

Sometimes when we travel, we do alter our destinations due to rainy weather, like trading a day planned on the French Riviera for an inside glass-blowing tour in a small French village instead. 

Don't you know some of those past unplanned alternate outings created some favorite memories! 

Yet, sometimes keeping the original destination, in the rain, creates memorable times and images from a different perspective. 

Eiffel Tower gold and silver telescopes offer views of the gold dome of the Invalides Museum below
View of Invalides Museum in the mist from the Eiffel Tower

On the day we planned to visit the newly renovated Eiffel Tower, rain was falling, but we decided to keep our plan and to visit the Tower... in the drizzle. We had visited the Tower multiple times in years past and thought about changing our plans, but this was our first trip to Paris after the Eiffel Tower reopened following renovations by a private commercial owner. 

We wanted to see the changes including the highly advertised new clear glass floor area and new public areas on the first floor. 

An unexpected good surprise was there were few tourists since the tourist season slowed in September, and the rainy weather caused others to make alternate plans. 

Eiffel Tower gold and silver telescopes on the second floor and top floor offer closer views of the city below
The new sleek coin-operated telescopes on the second floor provide closer views of Paris. The third floor at the top also has telescopes to get closer views of the city below.  

Eiffel Tower gold and silver telescopes are beautiful examples of avant-garde French design
Is anyone surprised at the elegant design of the telescope? This is France, after all. A country renowned for elegance in historical design and avant-garde design. And, it is the ultimately chic city of Paris. AND... the telescopes are in the most visited monument in the world, Tour Eiffel... over 7 million visitors a year, in normal times. 

Eiffel Tower gold and silver telescopes are a work of art with French style
Touches of bright gold and sleek silver metals elevate the utilitarian telescope to a work of art with French style, beautiful even dripping with rain and covered in water spots. 

Eiffel Tower gold and silver telescopes were unexpected highlights of a tour of the Tower
Even under adverse conditions that change our original plans for the day, there are still things worth doing and seeing when we proceed with the day optimistically, and promise ourselves we will have a good day. 

New Eiffel Tower telescopes are beautiful even in the rain
Eiffel Tower telescopes were an unexpected beautiful highlight of elegant French style in the rain. Regardless of how carefully we plan, there will always be unforeseen twists in our journeys. 

Fortunately, some of the twists provide 

joie de vivre 
(joy of living) 

even in the rain. 

Here's hoping you and your family are experiencing some unforeseen moments of pure joy in your life's journey.

Be safe, and proceed with your days optimistically! 


  1. It was gloomy and down-cast when I visited Le Tour Eiffel - but luckily not cold not rainy.

    I love your attitude towards weather and travel. One must make the best of every special moment.

    I feel that more keenly than ever before these days.

  2. We are certainly becoming adept at navigating unforseen twists and turns this year! Your photos are beautiful. The telescopes are elegant in themselves, but your photographs elevated them to works of art!

    Marilyn (in Dallas)

  3. Visiting from the Inspire Me Monday link up today. These are beautiful pictures! Your descriptions are powerful too. Reminded me of visiting the tower with my husband when we were pregnant with our first. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I so enjoyed these photographs, Judith! I haven't been to Paris in about 5 years, and we were hoping to go this year before lockdown. I agree that sometimes alternative outings can be more fun than the outings we plan, and I'm so pleased you have such lovely memories to look back on. I enjoyed doing some armchair travelling with you!

    Thank you for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party Community. I’m featuring this post at the party this week. Hope to ‘see’ you there! Take care, stay well, and I wish you a wonderful week!

  5. Such gorgeous, moody photos! The brass really punctuates the other metals. It takes a good photographer to capture beauty in the rain.


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