Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Boy am I glad I brought my tripod to France!

So right now in Paris it's la Saison de la Turquie (The Season of Turkey).  Basically Paris is having cultural events and things to commemorate the country of Turkey and how it's been so influential in the world, especially as a bridge between Asia/The Middle East and Europe.  Here's an excerpt from the 500 page handout they have online describing in great detail all the events that are happening:

À l’occasion de l’année de la Turquie en France, Paris est fier d’honorer la culture d’un carrefour des civilisations, riche de ses traditions anciennes et de son dynamisme créatif. La Turquie est un symbole de la complexité de l’histoire comme de la géographie mais aussi de leur grandeur et de leur beauté. Le Bosphore ne sépare pas deux rives, il unit des hommes. À travers les siècles, la Turquie n’a jamais cessé d’être la « sublime porte » qui ouvre notre continent au monde.

So for those of you who don't speak French, you're probably asking yourself, "Why do I care about this?"  Well, for your information, the Eiffel Tower (my new neighbor) is sporting the colors of the Turkish flag for a few days.  Here's the flag if you're drawing a blank:

It's rather beautiful in its utter simplicity.  So anyway.  I decided that I should go and take pictures of it because this is a big deal and it's not very often that they do something like this.  So I took my tripod, camera, and set out just before the top of the hour when it sparkles.

Quick side note: You can click on any of these pictures to make them bigger.

Here are the results:

That's just before it started to sparkle.

Here are a few while it's sparkling.  You can't really adequately capture it, but I tried, lol.

And one last one for good measure:

Ok that's it!

Boooonnnnnnneeee nuit!

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