Wednesday, February 26, 2014

My Travel Goals

We all have goals, specially at the beginning of the year right?  What are your traveling goals? do you have one?  I'll share one of mine.

If you know me, you also know that I have an obsession with Paris.  One of my main goal is to visit Paris, hopefully this year.  Yes, some how I think I have been adopted by the beautiful France.  My boyfriend is part French, and he has been to Paris, he tells me I would love it there!  

Here is a little history on Paris and the beautiful Eiffel Tower!  This was based on my research and browsing, for I have not been there yet.

For starters Paris, is  the capital and largest city of France; and international center of culture and commerce.  Paris, is  the world's most popular city destination, it has plenty of must-see places, however;  make sure you spend at least a day strolling off the beaten path, as this is the only way to discover the real Paris: a lively cosmopolitan but undeniably French city. The center of Paris is divided in 20 arron-dissements with the majority of the world known attractions (Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elysees, Louvre, Pantheon, Notre-Dame,..) situated in the first 8  arrondissements..

Here is a little history on the beautiful romantic, most famous structure, Eiffel Tower, that you can see on top of all Paris.  The tower rises 300 meters tall (984 ft); when it was completed at the end of the nineteenth century it was twice as high as the Washington Monument, at the time the tallest structure in the world.

1889 World Exhibition

The Eiffel Tower was built for the World Exhibition in 1889, held in celebration of the French Revolution in 1789.

The construction was only meant to last for the duration of the Exposition, but it still stands today, despite all protests from contemporary artists who feared the construction would be the advent of structures without 'individuality' and despite the many people who feared that this huge 'object' would not fit into the architecture of Paris. 

Today, there is no such aversion anymore among the Parisians, and one could not imagine Paris without the Eiffel Tower, in fact it has become the symbol of the City of Light.

Gustave Eiffel

The man behind the Eiffel Tower was Gustave Eiffel, known from his revolutionary bridge building techniques, as employed in the great viaduct at Garabit in 1884. These techniques would form the basis for the construction of the Eiffel Tower. He was also known for the construction of the Statue of Liberty's iron framework. 

The structure took more than two years to complete. Each one of the about 12,000 iron pieces were designed separately to give them exactly the shape needed. All pieces were prefabricated and fit together using approx. seven million nails.

The Tallest

Inaugurated March 31, 1889, the Eiffel Tower would be the tallest structure in the world until the completion of the Chrysler Building in 1930.

This is just a little Eiffel Tower, research I did by browsing through the internet.  Hope you enjoyed it and hopefully visit the beautiful Paris one day!

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