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Close Encounters. . . of the Eiffel Kind

As many of you will remember, last April my sister and I took a little trip to Paris.

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I had wanted to visit Paris since junior high . . . when I started taking French in school.  I was always so intrigued by everything Paris, and dreamed of seeing the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, la Tour Eiffel.  I wanted to sip a café crème on the Champs-Élysées. 

Actually being in Paris was fabulours.  All the sights were wonderful -- just what I'd always dreamed they'd be.

But what I really loved most . . . was the Eiffel Tower!

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I was absolutely enchanted from the very first glimpse . . . out our hotel window, over the rooftops and between two chimneys!  It simply . . . delighted me!

And now, nearly a year later, I am still charmed.  In fact, it's kind of like the Close Encounters of the Third Kind . . . only instead of "seeing" the Devil's Tower monument, I'm "seeing" the Eiffel Tower.  Everywhere.

I find myself strangely attraced to the Eiffel Tower.  And I'm surrounding myself with its image.  I carry it with me on my keychain.

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(You can even see its image on the calendar page on the wall. . .)

My current journal features the Eiffel.

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The opening screen on both my phone and iPad are photos I took of the Eiffel on our trip.

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I keep images of the Eiffel Tower in my "inspiration areas" . . . the bulletin board near my desk.

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A table in my sewing room.

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On the shelves in my library, where I can see it from my "knitting spot."

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For me, the Eiffel Tower is a visual reminder of a wonderful trip I shared with my sister.  We send each other little Eiffel mementos now. (She is having a similar "close encounter" experience.)  It's easy to find cards and books. . .

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coasters. . .

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magnets. . .

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notepads. . .

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even nail files!

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I'm surrounded by images of the Eiffel Tower . . .

and I love it!

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Cynthia

I have always loved the thought of going to Paris. The Eiffel tower is such an iconic image and I can really understand why you have such a love affair with it. I love your memorabilia - so lovely.

Marilyn

Paris and the Eiffel Tower just go hand in hand and so it's the perfect way to remember a special trip with your sister. What a wonderful way to keep the memories going!

margene

The image must stimulate fabulous memories from your trip. No wonder you keep it close. Nothing says Paris like the Eiffel Tower!

kmkat

I have never been to France, but Elder Son spent 2 or 3 weeks there in high school. In my cube at work I have a photo he took looking up into the Eiffel Tower at night.

Chloe

I have a small charm of the Eiffel Tower that I got in Paris (at the Arc de Triomphe gift shop, strangely enough) which I keep on a chain to wear with t-shirts. I share your enchantment.

Rachel

Do you speak about that ugly metal structure obstructing the view in the middle of wonderful Paris?!?
Joking of course :)

Mary

oh my - yet ANOTHER thing we have in common!! Katie & I went to Paris in May 2009 to celebrate her college graduation. I was delighted when we could see the the eiffel tower from our living room window.
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Vicki

That's wonderful! I love that you've been there and it holds meaning and real memories for you now!

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