Paris, France – Le Grande Roue de Paris

NIKON D300, Nikon 12-24

A fun sight to see in Paris at certain times of the year is the Le Grande Roue de Paris.  It is  located near Place de la Concorde (in between the Louvre and Arc de Triomphe).  Right across the street are the wonderful fountains – seen in some of my photos.  While there a month ago, I could not resist taking shots of this ferris wheel.  I wanted to capture motion and this was a closeup with a long exposure.   Makes me a bit dizzy looking at it!

Here is a standard view of the Le Grande Roue de Paris:

Here is some info from the web:  There was already a Grande Roue de Paris at the universal exhibition of Paris in 1900, not at the Jardin des Tuileries but near the Champ de Mars. That Ferris wheel had a diameter of 100 m and was demolished in 1937. The Grande Roue (big wheel) of 60 m high as you can see now was built for the millennium celebrations and was supposed to stay at the Place de la Concorde for only one year. The owner Marcel Campion refused a judge’s order to have the wheel taken down so that after much controversy the wheel was dismantled only n 2002. After that the wheel was re-erected in the UK in 2003 and 2004, and later the Netherlands and Bangkok. The Grande Roue came back in Paris in 2007 and is to come back each year in Paris and illuminate the Place de la Concorde and Tuileries for the end of the year festivities.  Enjoy!