In a Paris state of mind..

So today I spent almost all day collecting and pinning pictures of the Eiffel Tower to a new board on Pinterest.
I saw the majestic structure in person when I was younger; along with some bikini clad Frenchwomen. But I can remember neither clearly.
Although the Tour De Eiffel has been a world landmark, there’s so much we do not know about it! For example, this beauty was initially hated by the French. Novelist Guy de Maupassant, even used to have lunch in the Tower’s restaurant – that was the only place in Paris where he couldn’t see this ‘disgusting’ structure. He passed on, but the Eiffel lingered and was eventually loved.
The contruction of the Eiffel
For those who are ever remotely interested, here is some trivia:
  • The Eiffel Tower shrinks 6 inches in winter
  • On February 4th 1912, an Austrian tailor named Franz Reichelt jumped from the first level of Eiffel Tower having self-made wings on his back and died of a sudden heart attack on his way down.
  • In 1925, a con artist sold the Eiffel Tower for scrap – twice
  • The Eiffel Tower is painted every 7 years. It gets covered in 3 shades of brown, with the darkest one at the bottom
  • Strong winds can sway Eiffel Tower slightly. During a storm of 1999, it moved approximately 13 centimetres from its initial position
  • 4 tons of dusters & cleaning cloths, 10,000 doses of cleaning items, 400 litres of detergents and 25,000 bin bags are needed to clean Eiffel Tower.
  • Eiffel Tower has two restaurants, on the first and second platforms, named Altitude and Jules Verne
  • Eiffel Tower has been named after its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel.
Very soon, I will visit the Iron Lady again and admire her grandeur as she sits on the Champ de Mars, beside the Seine River.
Till then, here is where to go.