There it was. The Eiffel Tower. And it lived up to every bit of expectation that was part of my baggage. One of those structures that doesn’t leave you much to say except that it was gigantic, gorgeous, awesome and use up every word that has closer meaning to those words.
We sat in front of it for hours, talked about it in front of it, talked about other things (if could think of) in front of it, admired it, beamed at it, savored it. And every time we went there, there were hoards of people doing almost the same thing that we did. Loving every moment of being in front of it. That dazzling light show at the night was a cherry on the top. Suddenly at 9 o’clock, the blinking lights launched a huge ‘aaah’ from the crowd.
The various images of walking around and climbing up the tower are clogging my mind right now. left me so much to think of that I’m romanticizing every thought that has come to my mind since I’ve come back from Paris. The city surely has its effects.
And as if this was not enough, the place has got me addicted to Crepes, specially the ones that you get right in a Creperie opposite the Eiffel tower. Foodie that I am, don’t be surprised when I have a separate post about the Crepes coming up next.
And if you thought enough of romanticizing the moving around. Here, read some interesting facts associated with it:
- Gustave Eiffel, the creator of the tower also designed the internal structure of the Statue of Liberty, gift to the US from France.
- This most visited paid monument finished in 1889 was initially built only to last 20 years but it was kept as the tower proved valuable for communication purposes.
- Gustave Eiffel designed it to be the entrance arch for a world fair marking the centennial celebration of the French Revolution.
- Currently the color of the tower is brownish grey, but they keep changing it every few years. [The tower is under constant rework, and we ended up accompanied by the sounds of drills on a few occasions]
- Wikipedia informs, novelist Guy de Maupassant who claimed to hate the tower — supposedly ate lunch in the Tower’s restaurant every day. When asked why, he answered that it was the one place in Paris where one could not see the structure.
- The Tower has three floors. There are restaurants on the first and the second floor (named Altitude 95 and Jules Verne respectively) and the third and the top floor has an apartment.
- It is said that Hitler conquered Paris but he could never win the Eiffel Tower as he could never keep the Nazi flag on the tower successfully for long. In August 1944, when the Allies were nearing Paris, Hitler ordered General Deitrich von Choltitz , the military governor of Paris, to demolish the tower along with the rest of the city. Von Choltitz disobeyed the order and become immortal as ‘Savior of Paris’. (Thanks Kumar)