Sunday, May 12, 2013

Au revoir

Eiffel Tower

Today we bid adieu to France, so I leave you with this final iconic image of Paris, the Eiffel Tower. No matter how many times I see it, I continue to be awed and amazed at its size and beauty.

Eiffel Tower with Downey PatriotErected in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World's Fair, the tower has become both a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The tower is the tallest structure in Paris and the most-visited paid monument in the world. The third level observatory's upper platform is at 279.11 m (915.7 ft) the highest accessible to the public in the European Union. The tower received its 250 millionth visitor in 2010. (Wikipedia)

The first floor of the tower is currently being renovated to make it more accessible to those with disabilities, and to add a new viewing area, dining area, and an educational tour. The sign promoting these changes said, "Paradoxically, the first floor is the least visited section of the tower..." I'm not sure that they understand the meaning of "paradoxically."

And finally, don't forget to take your Downey Patriot along when you travel.

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