Eiffel Tower at night, Paris, France
2015: The beautiful Eiffel Tower is breathtaking at any given moment, however, it is at night when it takes on a new life. From opening in 1889, the world famous landmark was lit by up to 10,000 gas lights. Electric lighting first set the Tower sparkling in 1900 and over the years since, various instalments have adorned it. During the World’s Fair in 1925, French car manufacturer Citroen advertised on 3 sides of the Tower in massive, luminous letters. The lighting we see today was installed in 1985 and lights up the Parisian sky nightly for 5 minutes, on the hour from sundown to 1am.
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2 girls walking a windswept beach, Ouistreham, Normandy, France
2005: The Normandy beach of Ouistreham and surrounds were the settings for the D-Day landings of the 4th June 1944. These days, the beaches are far removed from the scenes experienced of this bloody day. On this particular cold, windswept day in March, the beach was deserted except for 2 braves girls rugged up against the elements. This winter scene is in stark contrast to the summer months where the owners of these beach huts flock to the coast in search of sunshine.
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A man running up the steps of La Defense, Paris, France
2015: The Axe Historique, or Voie Triomphale, is a line of monuments, buildings and thoroughfares that extends from the centre of Paris to the west. It began with the creation of the Champs Élysées, between the Louvre and Arc De Triomphe. In the 1950s, the area around La Défense was marked out to become a new business district, and high-rise office buildings were built along the avenue. It was not until the 1980s, under president François Mitterrand, that a project was initiated to build a modern 20th century version of the Arc de Triomphe. Today this is known as L’Arche de la Défense. Looking back towards the Louvre, the Axe Historique is an impressive sight viewed atop the steps underneath this arch.
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Beautiful Rue Crémieux, Paris, France
2015: At the very western fringe of the 12th arrondissement, you will find possibly the quaintest, most beautiful street in the entire city of Paris: Rue Crémieux. The street itself is relatively short, pedestrianised and cobbled with stunning, brightly coloured houses lining both sides. During the short journey along the street you might see antique bicycles chained to downpipes, ivy (both real and painted) overhanging doorways, real cats in windowsills and painted cats jumping between windows, cane birdcages with canaries and a multitude of pot plants and trees.
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