The Sky’s the limit (Plus haut que le ciel)

The Eiffel Tower's story in a play! Photo: (c) Bernard Richebé

Paris, 1884. Gustave Eiffel is bored. He may be one of the greatest engineers of his time, but his creative impulses are running out of steam. The up and coming and brilliant Adolphe Salles joins the company. Mr. Salles has a simple plan for the Eiffel company: less risk-taking and more profitability. He therefore refuses the delusional and costly project brought to him by Nouguier and Koechlin, two passionate engineers who want to build the tallest monument in the world. But Claire Eiffel, one of Eiffel's five children, dreams of seeing her father take on new great architectural adventures. She believes this strange looking tower, this so-called “idea of ​​the century”, is precisely the opportunity to re-prove his skills and in the process get out of a planned marriage to Salles. But this extraordinary tower has its own will! The site quickly becomes an uncontrollable whirlwind of confrontations, p…

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Paris en Citations

Paris en Citations (La France, La Seine) Paris est tout petit pour ceux qu'i s'aiment d'un aussi grand amour. -- Jacques Prévert On ne peut aimer mieux qu'à Paris, il n'est pas meilleur endroit au monde pour attendre un être aimé qu'une place parisienne en fin d'après-midi, sous la pluie. -- Jacques Attali Sous les ponts de Paris, lorsque descend la nuit, Toutes sortes de gueux se faufilent en cachette Et sont heureux de trouver une couchette, Hôtel du courant d'air, où l'on ne paie pas cher, L'parfum et l'eau c'est pour rien mon marquis Sous les ponts de Paris. -- Lucienne Delyle Paris l'Athènes de l'Europe moderne. -- Francis Parkman J'aime Paris parce que'on peut y être anonyme. -- Raymond Depardon Errer est humain. Flâner est parisien. -- Victor Hugo, Les Misérables, 1862 J'étais à Paris, et le monde était devant moi. -- Will H. Low Douce France Cher pays de mon enfance Bercée de tendre insouciance Je t'ai gardée dans mon cœur! -- chanson de Charles Trenet Marcher …
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90+ Eiffel and Eiffel Tower facts – part 3

90+ Eiffel and Eiffel Tower facts Part 3 of a 3 part series Part 1 facts 1 through 35 Part 2 facts 36 through 72 "Je vais être jaloux de cette tour. Elle est plus célèbre que moi." – Gustave Eiffel Beginning in 1997, 1000 days before turning of the millennium the Eiffel Tower began the countdown to the year 2000 when a giant fireworks display was put on. The first “coloring” of the tower was for the Chinese new year in 2004 when the lights were a scarlet red. The tower has since been blue, green and many other colors commemorating different anniversaries or events. The Eiffel Tower is stuck by lightening quite frequently, but it is hard to capture a photo. Parisian Bertrand Kulik has done it several times. There is an underground bunker which was, during WWII, the most carefully protected spot in Paris. This is where the radio operators received the messages received from the antennas via wires that ran down the south pillar. Today the bunker is used as as…
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90+ Eiffel and Eiffel Tower facts – part 2

90+ Eiffel and Eiffel Tower facts Part 2 of a 3 part series Part 1 - facts 1 through 35 Part 3 - facts 73 through 102 "Je vais être jaloux de cette tour. Elle est plus célèbre que moi." – Gustave Eiffel The Eiffel Tower and Margaret Thatcher share the same nickname - La Dame de Fer ("The Iron Lady"). In 1960 Charles de Gaulle proposed temporarily dismantling the tower and sending it to Montreal for Expo 67. The plan was rejected. The names of 72 engineers, scientists and mathematicians are engraved on the side of the tower, each of whom contributed to its construction. In the computer game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, the tower is toppled by an airstrike. There are 20,000 light bulbs, 5000 per face, on the Eiffel Tower to make it sparkle every night. The sparkling bulbs were installed by hand over 5 months by 25 climbers for the year 2000. Souvenir sales began immediately when the Tower opened: mini towers in wood, ivory, porcelaine, steel and z…
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90+ Eiffel and Eiffel Tower facts – part 1

90+ Eiffel and Eiffel Tower facts "Je vais être jaloux de cette tour. Elle est plus célèbre que moi." – Gustave Eiffel Completed on March 31, 1889, the tower was the world’s tallest man-made structure for 41 years until the completion of the Chrysler Building in New York in 1930. It is 324 meters tall (including antennas) and weighs 10,100 tons. It was the tallest structure in France until the construction of a military transmitter in the town of Saissac in 1973. The Millau Viaduct, completed in 2004, is also taller, at 343 meters. It is possible to climb to the top, but there are 1,665 steps. Most people take the lift. 45 people fit in the elevator at a time allowing the transportation of 1700 people per hour. The lifts travel a combined distance of 103,000 km a year – two and a half times the circumference of the Earth. For weight reasons no more than 5000 people are allowed on the tower at any given time. In 1925 Victor Lustig, a con artist, "sold" the tow…
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