An Evening in Paris

I do not remember if I watched the movie “An evening in Paris” but I loved the song “Raat k humsafar” from it. Typically, I always associated Paris with Eiffel tower. Therefore, It was forever in my bucket list to see the La Tour Eiffel, up, close, and personal.

Did you know that Kalki Koechlin is related to Maurice Koechlin who designed the Eiffel Tower?

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Maurice Koechlin and Kalki Koechlin

Eiffel tower in the evening looked mesmerizing but the neighborhood looked intimidating with lots of African hawkers literally forcing tourists to buy the Chinese made replicas of the tower and other souvenirs. When the hawkers heard the police siren in the distance they immediately folded their merchandise in a cloth that was previously acting as a display spread and ran away wherever they could. But as soon as the police patrol left the hawkers came back within minutes. I wonder where they were hiding.

The service road that led to the tower was muddy as it had rained in the afternoon. It was so muddy that we literally stained our shoes. Never expected this kind of “kichar” in a first world city😂

Once inside the premise of Eiffel Tower, we were impressed by the humongous structure. We climbed to the first floor. On the first floor, it seemed colder and windier. It was foggy and dusty and therefore we didn’t get a good view.

After a while, R looked at me and said “itna sara rod dekhkar chakkar aa raha hai”. I couldn’t control my laughter and we both turned hysterical. My Canadian friend Gail, who joined us at Montmartre, however, didn’t get the joke and she gave both of us a confused look. It was getting quite windy and chilly so we decided to go to Champs Elysees.

We took the metro and got down at Etoile station. The moment we came out of the underground station we could see the illuminated Arc de Triomphe in its full glory.

Christmas is around the corner and therefore Champ Elysses has been decorated with lights. This was indeed a lovely view. Wherever we looked we could only see lights and more lights. The trees that line up the boulevard of Champs Elysees were decorated with red fairy lights and that made the entire avenue look so ethereal.

It was drizzling, yet Champ Elysses was crowded. People were busy shopping for Christmas. Restaurant and cafes were also crowded with people. Evening in Paris is indeed beautiful. The houses and showrooms that were there on the Boulevard were also illuminated and I almost felt like it was Diwali in Paris.

Arc de Triomphe looks beautiful in the day but it looks more beautiful at night. If you ever visit make Paris it a point to visit Arc de Triomphe and adjoining Champ Elysses in the evening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 thoughts on “An Evening in Paris

  1. Victor Tribunsky says:

    It’s hard to imagine today that Eiffel tower was hated by Parisians. For example, Guy de Maupassant liked to have dinner only in the restaurant of Eiffel tower, because it was the only place in Paris where he couldn’t see this construction.

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    • Balaka says:

      I think Eiffel is some kind of abberation in between the other grand structures of Paris. It is just a concrete structure without any intricacy. If you compare it from the point of view of art it is quite a grotesque structure. I do empathise with Maupassant 😂😂

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  2. Anshu Bhojnagarwala says:

    Such lovely visuals, Balaka! Eiffel is beautiful, but only once it lights up in the evening. There are far more beautiful buildings in Paris and the best way to see them all is by foot.

    For me, the walk through Mont Martre village all the way to Sacre Coeur is one of the most beautiful ones along with the one on Champs Elysees.

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