#784 The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

The Eiffel Tower is one of the world’s most famous landmarks and everyone that sees it, knows that it is synonymous with romance, Paris and every Pepe Le Pew cartoon ever watched as a child. Whatever image the Eiffel Tower creates in your head, it usually comes along with a smile on your face.

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Why is that? Is it the architectural and artistic talent that went into building it? Or is it a romantic vacation you have planned or have already been on that sparks those images? It is a romantic place to visit and if you do get reservations at one of the towers famous restaurants, that could make you smile from ear to ear just thinking about it. For me, it is the rich history of the monument that makes me smile the most.

Let me give you some facts about the Eiffel Tower and let you decide what you like most about it. Located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France, the Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron lattice tower named after the famous engineer Gustave Eiffel. It was constructed in 1889 as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair and was criticized by a great many of France’s leading artists and intellectuals because of its design and lack of artistic and engineering soundness. Still, as one of the most recognizable structures in the world, it is the most-visited paid monuments with millions of visitors every year.

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The Eiffel Tower has seen two World Wars and much political controversy yet it still stands as a pop culture icon for all of the world to see. The tower was supposed to be taken down after 20 years but the French government decided to keep it for its communication abilities. Over the course of its history, it has been sold as scrap metal twice, ordered taken down by French officials and ordered destroyed by Nazi Germany and aided in the discovery of cosmic rays. They have even used its image in a snow globe you can buy here and we all know how much I like a snow globe. I hear there is even a secret apartment in the Eiffel Tower. No other monument in the world can say that and that is the reason the Eiffel Tower makes me smile.

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15 thoughts on “#784 The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

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  2. There’s that cool scene in Tomorrowland where the Eiffel breaks apart to release a vintage steampunk kind of rocket. I wonder what other movies took place near, or showcased, the Eiffel tower? It would be cool to have a collection of some of those films on DVD.

  3. Hello troy,
    The Eiffel Tower in Paris of France, is among the most famous landmarks in the world.The Eiffel tower in Paris,France was inaugurated on 31 March of 1889. It was the keystone of the Universal Exposition memorializing the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. It was built by Gustave Eiffel. With 2 million visitors the first year and almost 6 million people a year today

    • Try to go off season if you can Kevin. The amount of visitors can get quite huge and lines can get long.
      Send us a postcard ok? 🙂
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  4. I’m French. I was born and raised in Paris and still live there. I have to say I’m so used to seeing the Eiffel Tower that sometimes I don’t even really “see” it, but, like many other things in Paris, there are moments when I’m just hit by its beauty and realize how lucky I am to see it every day. And when I drive close to the Eiffel Tower, it’s always impressive because it’s massive yet it looks light and it’s just so elegant. Also now it sparkles every hour when it’s dark and that’s just a beautiful sight. Each time. 🙂
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