Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Eiffel Tower

Bonjour! For Thanksgiving this year, we went to Paris, France. On Friday morning, the day after Thanksgiving, we went to climb the Eiffel Tower. We waited in line for about a half hour and we finally got into a really big elevator. It went to the second level of the tower. At that level, we would have taken a second elevator to go all the way to the top, but the top was closed, unfortunately, due to the wind. Even so, we got an amazing view. Here is a picture of my mom and my Aunt Shelly and Uncle Garett on the second level.
Also from this level, I took a picture looking up to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Do you see all the steel that was used to put this thing together? The Eiffel Tower was built for the World's Fair in 1889 and was designed by Gustave Eiffel. It is nearly 1000 feet tall! At the time it was built, it was the tallest structure in the world. Originally, it was supposed to be knocked down after the World's Fair, but enough people liked it that it was not demolished. Unfortunately, some people didn't like it. One of those people was a writer, who ate lunch in it so that he wouldn't have to look at it!

Here is a silly picture of us with my cousin, Ryan.

At night, the Eiffel Tower is all lit up. Beautiful, isn't it?

At the top of each hour, the Eiffel Tower has a light show that lasts five minutes. My mom took a video of it. While she was taking the video, someone came up to us to try to get us to buy small models of the Eiffel Tower. In the video, you can hear my mom say, "Non. Merci." This means, "No, thank you", in French.

What an impressive landmark, huh?

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