Thought I would share this photo (how it turned out well was merely a stroke of luck) that I took on Saturday afternoon before I leave for Berlin, since it is unlikely that I will post until I return January 30th. La Grande Roue (or rather, the ferris wheel) actually has a rather short, but interesting, history. It was originally erected with a wheel diameter of 100m near the Champ de Mars for the universal exhibition of 1900 in Paris. In 1937, it was demolished. However, the one that we see today (60m high) was built for the millennium celebrations and was meant to only stay at the Place de la Concorde for a year.
In 2001, the wheel was dismantled much to the dismay of owner Marcel Campion who refused the judge’s order to take it down himself. The wheel wound up traveling and erected itself in the UK, Netherlands, and Bangkok. La Grande Roue eventually returned to Paris in 2007, and is put up each year around Christmas time to illuminate the end of the year festivities.