Thursday, February 01, 2007

No, I have not become a complete Francophile but, I do love a gimmick or a gadget. So, you know when I found the Eiffel Tower Mini-Cam, I added it to my desktop. I've become a bit obsessed with watching the sun rise and set in Paris or figuring out when Le Tour is both lit and shut-off for the night. I'm also really into the little wiggles—tourists and Parisians—walking around the base or the elevated decks.

I'm happy to report that this afternoon I was finally able to watch Le Tour switch both on and off, in fewer than 10 minutes total! This happened Thursday afternoon at 12:55 CST, thanks to a bunch of environmental organisations who called for 5 minutes de répit pour la planète*. The city of Paris agreed to shut off all "unnecessary" lighting, including the Eiffel Tower, for the occasion.

So, at 12:55 CST, I sat in my darkened cube, ready, at the computer, watching the Eiffel Tower, et viola! It went out! For 5 minutes Le Tour, and surrounding area, were dark, with the exception of the news vans parked below. Then, at 1 CST, the Eiffel Tower began to sparkle and was lit!

*Sorry there's no English language article about the "5 minute break for the planet", although I did find mention of it on a couple of forums? I don't know. I guess this is where I drop and their useful google language tools? *french shrug*

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