When I caught my first glance of the structure in the distance under a grey sky one March morn, the hairs on the back of my neck stood up. That was when I really knew my dream had come true!
The Iron Lady was built for the 1889 World Fair to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Prise de la Bastille (the storming of the Bastille).
Inaugurated in 1889, the tower was originally designed to be up for only twenty years. Furthermore, the Parisians and artists of that time hated it, describing it as “useless and monstrous”! They even started a petition for the tower to be dismantled.
It has be to repainted every seven years (by hand)!
The ticketing office
Security is tight at the tower. You have to go through 2 security check points before you are allowed in. The second check is just like going through the x-ray machine at the airport (moving belt with trays where you have to place your bag). Keep a close eye on your bag, The belt moved faster than the people in front of you (while we were there), so your bag may have gone through but you were still stuck behind people and had to wait to get to it.
We took an elevator to the 2nd level of the tower
Click on the photo and zoom in. Can you see the Arc de Triomphe?
|Statue of General Joffre|
Everything in Paris is stylish!! Even the trees! Notice how the trees are pruned top-to-bottom in a square fashion.
The tower at night