Posted by: kdeversblog | September 18, 2017

The Eiffel Tower: Industrial Age Icon

The Eiffel Tower was built in 1889 as a centerpiece of the World Expo and to commemorate 100 years after the French Revolution. It wasn’t intended to remain after the Expo and yet it is still here and is the most visited monument in the world.

It is completely repainted every seven years. Today it’s a tawny brown color. John and I visited the monument on a blustery, rainy day. We rode the elevator to the first viewing point and took photos of Paris.

 

There was a life-size display of M. Eiffel talking with a colleague in his Tower office.

Then we took a different elevator to the top viewing spot, 1,063 feet above ground.

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We waited in so many lines and as we wound our way around, the wind tore at our jackets and destroyed my umbrella. We really couldn’t see much of anything from the top so we didn’t stay long. I could feel the Tower move a bit in the wind, or maybe it was my imagination. Regardless, I was glad to be back on the ground and out of the mass of people shivering and jostling to get out of the weather and into the elevators.

It turned out that the best way to see the Eiffel Tower itself was on the boat ride we took down the Seine River. It was a lovely evening, our last in Paris, and it was a great way to see the city.

We rode up to the Eiffel Tower then turned around and skirted the two islands.

 

Later, we were able to see the Tower lit up at night and watch it sparkle with the twinkling lights. This happens at 8, 9, and 10 p.m. and the show lasts for about ten minutes.


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