Eiffel Tower the symbol of Paris

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I believe some visitors still feel the same way as the writer Guy de Maupassant who famously always ate on the Eiffel Tower as it was the only place he couldn’t see what he felt was a monstrosity. For me it is a symbol of the start of my travels to France. We pulled up at this very spot travelling through by coach to the South of France. For our children and ourselves it was a magical night time moment that started an obsession with and love of Paris that still endures today.

Much later we ate at the small but perfectly formed restaurant Le P’tit Troquet on Rue de l’Exposition. Strolling after a very fine meal to the Ecole Militaire at the top of the Champs des Mars we were disappointed that there was no light show on the tower – no twinkling. We rang our Francophile friend in England to complain. She said we were at the wrong time for any light up. And then, just as she said that we got the full sparking light show – what an end to a memorable evening. BU Paris is more than just the tower and please enjoy my writing in ‘A Dream of Paris’ – a personal memoir of our love of this great city.

An unusual view of the Eiffel Tower looking towards the Trocadero
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Published by Neal Atherton

My passion is writing about travel and particularly French travel. I have traveled extensively in France and wine and food has always featured on my travels and now in my books. My friends always await our return from France with the latest new finds from the vineyards and I was more than happy to keep sampling. I am from Lancashire in the north of England but have now relocated to Somerset (nearer to France) and able to enjoy devoting my time to writing and new discoveries. France came late to me as a destination, in fact so conservative was my travel upbringing that it was a long time before I even ventured to Cornwall. I have more than made up for the slow start and have enjoyed helping many others with their travel plans to France and especially to Paris and Provence. I have written a series of four books on France - Three are now on Amazon:THE FIRST TIME WE SAW PARIS about our first steps in French Travel, THYME FOR PROVENCE our discovery of that glorious region and the people and places we met and discovered, A DREAM OF PARIS a personal memoir of our times in Paris with friends. France has been fun, we have been burgled on our very first arrival, we discovered the best cafe that changed our travel lives on the very next day, we learnt about French wine, we escaped from the most horrendous gite, we found the best of gites, B & B's and people, we laughed and cried with dear friends in Paris, I was hosed down by a crazy owner to cool me down in Provence, our breakfast in a remote village was served by the French army, we stepped totally out of our comfort zone and discovered the best of French culture. The experiences are varied and many and please come with me as I retell the stories and my footsteps are there to follow. I am also writing about ancestry and genealogy and my first book about our incredible family story themed around war and the military is now on Amazon - A BULLET FOR LIFE. I love the English game of cricket, golf, soccer, photography, walking and cooking. Oh, and travel of course.

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