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Yes, We Were “Those” Cheesy Tourists At The Eiffel Tower

Yes, We Were “Those” Cheesy Tourists At The Eiffel Tower

If you’ve been reading Don’t Ever Look Back over the past few months, you’ll know that we’re into the touristy attractions more than anyone.

We’ve written about the time we stalked the Hollywood sign and the time we took on traditional Chicago-style food. And what about that one time… well, you get the point.

Anyway, when in Paris the two of us had to check out the Eiffel Tower. Obviously.

The famous Eiffel Tower in Paris

The famous Eiffel Tower in Paris

But we weren’t content with just seeing the Eiffel Tower and taking a couple of pictures. Hell no! We took over 100 photos in less than 45 minutes in a variety of poses.

We posed in front of it.

In front of the Eiffel Tower

We posed underneath it.

Underneath the Eiffel Tower

And we posed on the other side of the tower.

On the other side of the Eiffel Tower

Most people would have left happy, but we’re not most people. We watched other tourists pull ridiculous poses in front of the Eiffel Tower and we thought we would try to recreate some them and even come up with one or two of our own!

We did a jumping photo.

Eiffel Tower Jumping Photo

We pinched the top of the Eiffel Tower.

Pinching the top of the Eiffel Tower

All of this photography was starting to get tiring, so we needed something to lean on…

The Eiffel Tower is a great place to relax!

Leaning on the Eiffel Tower

It’s also one of the most romantic places in the world!

Kissing the Eiffel Tower

You can even swallow the Eiffel Tower!

Swallow the Eiffel Tower

It’s probably fortunate that the grass areas were closed off during our visit otherwise we would have been there all day!

What’s the cheesiest tourist photo you’ve ever taken? Bonus points if you link us to an image!

55 Comments

  1. Posted December 21, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

    Cheesy shots 😛 Toursit poses are kind of hard to think up when you are on the spot like that. I can never get my pose just right!
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    • Posted December 21, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

      It was kind of a spur of the moment thing! If you’re not sure, just look around and see what everyone else is doing… that should give you plenty of ideas to get started! 🙂

  2. Posted December 21, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    Love these pics. Can’t beat a cheesy pic with the Eiffel Tower. Love the one of Amy giving it a smooch!

    • Posted December 21, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Monica, we just couldn’t help ourselves! Perhaps we’ll continue this series around the world!

  3. Posted December 21, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    Haha,I visited the Eiffel Tower when I was 16 but back then (God I sound really old….!) I wasn’t really into taking pictures. I definitely try some of these poses if I went back though, looks llike you guys had fun 🙂
    Beverley Reinemann recently posted..Facing My Fears: Working On A Vineyard In Australia

    • Posted December 21, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

      Haha know the feeling… there’s always those missed photos that you regret later down the path, especially now that you’re blogging and could tell some great stories with them! We had an absolute blast doing this!

  4. Posted December 21, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    I wish I had thought of taking cheesy pics with the Eiffel Tower, but didn’t. I love these photos!!!
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    • Posted December 21, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Jaime! You did get some pretty awesome ones at the Leaning Tower though!

  5. Posted December 22, 2011 at 12:06 am | Permalink

    Awesome photos!

    I definitely did the ‘Pinching the Top of the Eiffel Tower’ shot when I was there…as you say, wish I’d done a few of the others now – hindsight’s a great thing!

    Have to admit that my favourite is the ‘Casually Leaning Against the Tower’ pose…never come across that one before.

    • Posted December 22, 2011 at 10:30 am | Permalink

      We definitely did get a little creative that day… as we wrote in the post, if the grass areas were open we could’ve gotten a lot more!

  6. Posted December 22, 2011 at 12:36 am | Permalink

    Love it! Now I know that I’m not the only one! Though, surely there should have been one of you guys kissing in front of it!?
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    • Posted December 22, 2011 at 10:31 am | Permalink

      That’s the ONE photo we’re disappointed we didn’t take! Perhaps we need to take our own personal photographer next time…

  7. Posted December 22, 2011 at 1:47 am | Permalink

    Love the leaning shot. Bet it was really comfortable with all that steel under your back! and the couple shot is super cute (cue ‘awwwwww’)

    I’ll have to put it up on flickr but I did the “squish one of the Twelve Apostles between my fingers” shot haha!
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    • Posted December 22, 2011 at 10:32 am | Permalink

      Haha, yeah it was pretty comfy after taking so many photos! Please do upload it to Flickr – we’re probably headed out that way in the next couple of months and will try to recreate it. 🙂

  8. Posted December 22, 2011 at 3:48 am | Permalink

    Fab pictures, guys! The Eiffel Tower is surprising photogenic isn’t it? My cheesiest photo is this one from the Taj Mahal http://on.fb.me/tUbTkS
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    • Posted December 22, 2011 at 10:35 am | Permalink

      And here are most people thinking it’s just a famous monument! Haha nice one – we’ve shared it on our Facebook wall! 🙂

  9. Posted December 22, 2011 at 4:21 am | Permalink

    I love cheesy pictures in front of famous landmarks! The only one I have is me “holding up” the Leaning Tower of Pisa, which was taken in 1999 with a regular point and shoot camera with film, so I didn’t know if it had come out until I got the picture developed when I got home. I wanted it so right, I was getting so mad at my sister when she was taking it!
    Thankfully it came out beautiful! Now, if I could just find it…
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    • Posted December 22, 2011 at 10:36 am | Permalink

      Half the battle is definitely getting the photographer to take it right! That’s why we ended up with 100+ photos. Could only imagine how much pressure your sister must have been feeling haha – at least she got a good one!

  10. Posted December 22, 2011 at 5:00 am | Permalink

    Heck ya! We’re all about the cheesy tourist photos…

    How about tis one… jumping over the pyramids:
    http://travelingcanucks.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Pyramids-of-Giza-Egypt-15.jpg

    Yup, THAT just happened!
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    • Posted December 22, 2011 at 10:38 am | Permalink

      That’s an awesome photo Cam – definitely deserves a place on a wall in your home I think! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Posted December 22, 2011 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    Did you say “cheekiest” or “cheesiest” photo??? 😉 Because I have plenty of cheeky ones… I’ll save these to you guys, they look great! Actually made me laugh out loud (no lol) in the middle of this hostel!
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    • Posted December 22, 2011 at 10:42 am | Permalink

      Hahaha I hope there were people around thinking “who’s this crazy lady?!”… we’re not sure what a cheeky travel photo is – please enlighten us (and the rest of our readers) and give us an example!

  12. Posted December 22, 2011 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    These photos are great! I hope you’ll be posting a lot more as you move around the world. (Very) unfortunately, I don’t have anything as cheesy as these.

    • Posted December 22, 2011 at 10:43 am | Permalink

      We’ll definitely be trying to take more at some point! That’s too bad you don’t have anything cheesy but there’s always the next trip to make up for it!

  13. Posted December 22, 2011 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    Haha, love this!! Cheesy photos are definitely the way to go at sites like this. I especially like the one of you leaning against it, Kieron!

    My cheesiest photo is probably this one: me holding up the Gateway Arch in St. Louis!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dangerousbiz/6003878931/in/set-72157627406408755
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    • Posted December 22, 2011 at 10:45 am | Permalink

      That’s a really cool photo Amanda! It’s funny how seeing that makes us think “why the hell didn’t we take that picture!”… perhaps a website needs to be started to give travelers around the world cheesy photo inspiration?! 😀

  14. Posted December 22, 2011 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    You want cheesy tourist? We have countless.. Especially at Pisa.
    Check out Q carrying the tower on her back.
    http://gshot.smugmug.com/Europe/Pisa-October-2009/10280524_p2Vm6v#709902572_JShES
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    • Posted December 22, 2011 at 10:47 am | Permalink

      Hahaha I knew you guys wouldn’t let us down! That’s a brilliant photo, as are the others in that album. 🙂

  15. Posted December 22, 2011 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    So cheesy! I have loads of those photos as well! Its sort of just the thing you have to do though!
    Jade – OurOyster.com recently posted..Midweek Snapshot – Snow on tree – December 2010

    • Posted December 22, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

      Exactly right – all a bit of fun and good to have a laugh at when you get home!

  16. Posted December 22, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    The cheese in me LOVES every one of those photos 🙂
    I was uber-cheesy at The Leaning Tower of Pisa: http://mslistologist.com/2011/08/the-tower-of-pisa-it-leans-italy/

    • Posted December 22, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

      Haha they’re pretty cheesy, right? Ahh I don’t think it’s possible to visit the Leaning Tower without doing that pose!

  17. Posted December 22, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    Ahhh, I LOVE these. They are so cute! I think my cheesiest tourist photo is of me lying on a Mayan ruin pretending to be sacrificed. Haha. I’ll be sure to share with you guys if and when I post it!
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  18. Matthew Cheyne
    Posted December 22, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    For some reason I never get sick of cheesy photos 🙂 But I really love the photo of the two of you together. You make a cute couple and are very photogenic. But I think you knew that already!

    • Posted December 22, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

      Thanks very much Matthew – the one of the two of us turned out really well. Amy handpicked the photographer from a large group after seeing her take photos of another couple haha.

  19. Posted December 22, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

    haha awh it’s cute!!! you gotta be a little cheesy with the Eiffell tower.
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    • Posted December 22, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

      You can’t leave without taking at least one! We got a little carried away haha…

  20. Posted December 22, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    Cheesy tourist photos is our middle name! We did pretty much all the same ones as you guys at the Eiffel Tower. We were even in a contest called the Cheesy Photo Challenge – http://www.fourjandals.com/france/cheesy-photo-challenge/ and our post in Paris features a few too – http://www.fourjandals.com/france/a-long-weekend-in-paris-sorry-mum-no-proposal/
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    • Posted December 22, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

      A cheesy photo challenge?! That’s fantastic! Love the photo of Adela doing a handstand and you fly kicking the tower – if only the grass areas weren’t closed off when we visited! Thanks for sharing!

  21. Posted December 23, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    You guys are hilarious! There is nothing like a good cheesy photo – or in this case a lot! I love the one of Amy kissing the tower.
    Cherina recently posted..A Long Walk, a Cancelled Flight…and a White Christmas

    • Posted December 23, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

      Haha we figured it was time for something a little less serious… glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  22. Posted December 24, 2011 at 2:48 am | Permalink

    LOL.. We’re so alike it’s scary. The pinch, lean, kiss and bite are the best. But I bet you can’t top Gerard’s never ending peace sign \\// \\// . Haha. *sigh* Cheesy touristy photos are awesome!
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  23. Posted December 24, 2011 at 3:54 am | Permalink

    Who doesn’t love cheesy pics?! 🙂 My only regret is not having more of them!
    Here’s mine from the Pyramids! http://on.fb.me/s738zg 🙂
    Lavanya recently posted..A Foodie Adventure: Malaysian Satay

    • Posted December 25, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

      There’s always time for cheesy pics! Love that photo – it’s definitely a keeper! Thanks so much for sharing.

  24. Posted December 25, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    That sucks that the grass field was closed off. Why? When I visited Paris in 2009, seeing the Eiffel Tower was the highlight. I didn’t care how much of a tourist I looked like. I was posing and snapping self portraits every where I could.

    I’m that cheesy tourist when I go to a place with popular tourist attractions. I don’t mind it either. People like seeing things they are familiar with and if that makes us tourists, oh well, at least we’re traveling right?
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    • Posted December 25, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

      We’ve got no idea why the grass was closed off but the fences looked like they were pretty permanent so perhaps it’s a late fall/winter thing?

      Definitely nothing wrong whatsoever with being a tourist! These destinations and landmarks are popular for a reason and if you skip them then you’re crazy!

  25. Posted January 10, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

    A ha ha ha! But you HAVE to do those! They are great! And are so awesome to look back on!
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  26. Posted March 23, 2012 at 3:44 am | Permalink

    Awesome! Way better than the typical leaning on the Tower of Pisa thing. Since we’re traveling with a little statue of Rocky our trip has been a series of cheesy photos. Here are a few: http://www.changesinlongitude.com/rocky-statue-steps-trip-rtw-round-the-world-travel/

    Keep the photos coming.

    Cheers!

    Larissa and Michael

  27. Posted August 22, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    La Tour Eiffel + Camera = Cheesy Tourist Photo…naturally! Great shots though!

    • Posted August 23, 2012 at 9:39 am | Permalink

      Thanks Elissa – we may have got a little carried away though haha!

  28. Posted November 15, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    The one holding the top of it is really cute 🙂
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  29. Posted February 11, 2013 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    Excellent! Giving me ideas for my upcoming photo shoot 😀
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  30. Posted August 5, 2013 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    Ha ha ha good one! 🙂
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