Eiffel Tower

Of course no visit to Paris would be complete without seeing the Eiffel Tower!! I had seen it a couple of times during some layovers in Paris, but never really up close.

My first impression....I thought it would be bigger? It is pretty cool, but I just thought it would be like mega huge.

A few fun facts about the Eiffel Tower....

Erection of the Eiffel Tower took 2 years, 2 months, and 5 days from start to finish. Construction begain on January 26, 1887 and was completed on March 31, 1889.
Approximately 60 tons of paint is required to paint the Eiffel Tower and it is painted every 7 years in 3 different shades of brown.
During gusty winds, the Eiffel Tower sways upto 15 cms at its summit. Solar heating can causes the Eiffel Tower to expand up to 3.25 inches. The Eiffel Tower shrinks 6 inches in winter
(Just a quick note...I detested the elevator ride up to the second deck. I did not feel safe AT ALL!!!)
The Eiffel Tower stands 324 meters tall and is made up of 9441 tons of wrought iron.
According to interviews given in the early 1980s Montreal Mayor Jean Drapeau negotiated a secret agreement with French President Charles de Gaulle for the tower to be dismantled and temporarily relocated to Montreal to serve as a landmark and tourist attraction during Expo 67. The plan was allegedly vetoed by the company which operated the tower out of fear that the French government could refuse permission for the tower to be restored to its original location.
There was only one death during the construction period of the Eiffel Tower, that too outside working hours and not work related
The tower was much criticised by the public when it was built, with many calling it an eyesore. Newspapers of the day were filled with angry letters from the arts community of Paris
The Eiffel tower was very nearly demolished in 1909. It was saved by its use as a telecommunication tower. The Eiffel tower is now one of the most famous buildings in the world and welcomes 5.5 millions visitors each year.
See? I'm not all that uncultured! :-P

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