Wednesday, March 31, 2010

I Love Paris in the Springtime...

On this day in 1889 the Eiffel Tower opened in Paris. Named after its designer, architect Alexandre Gustave Eiffel who built the structure for the World's Fair of 1889. The tower has become a global icon and is one of the most recognized structures in the world. Not an immediate hit, the Tower was met with much criticism from the public and the arts community of Paris. The writer Guy DeMaupassant condemned the Eiffel Tower as a horrid nightmare. DeMaupassant 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. You have to love Parisians.

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