Eiffel Tower – The Most Amazing Tourist Attraction in Paris

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Eiffel Tower – The Most Amazing Tourist Attraction in Paris

Eiffel Tower – The Most Amazing Tourist Attraction in Paris (French: La Tour Eiffel) is an iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris. It was named after Gustave Eiffel, who designed and built the tower. Erected in 1889, it 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. More than 6.98 million people visited it in 2011. The tower is 1.063 feet tall, about the same height as an 81-storey building.

 

The tower has three levels open for visitors. The first and second level are with restaurants, while the third level is observatory's upper platform, 906 feet above the ground – the highest accessible to the public in Europe. To climb from ground level to the first level, you need to ascend 300 steps. Eiffel Tower – the most amazing tourist attraction in Paris was inaugurated in 1889 at the same time with the first Exposition: "The 1889 Exposition".

 

The tower itself is located at the intersection of the Quai Branly and Pont d'lena. More than 250 million people have visited the tower since 1889, and in 2012 there were 6.180.000 visitors. The Eiffel Tower is the most-visited monument in the world. The tower's restaurants, "Le 58 tour Eiffel", on the first floor and "Le Jules Verne", a gourmet restaurant on the second floor are the most visited restaurants in the Paris. These restaurants have one star in the Michelin Red Guide, ran by the multi-Michelin star chef, Alain Ducasse. The iron structure of the Eiffel Tower weighs about 7.300 tons, while the entire structure including the non-metal components is approximately 10.000 tons. Depending on the ambient temperature, the top of the tower may shift away from the sun by up to 18cm because of thermal expansion of the metal on the side facing the sun.

 

The Eiffel Tower is the most amazing tourist attraction in Paris, and because it’s so big, wind forces are of great importance. Many people were shocked by its daring shape. People thought that the Eiffel Tower was created without any regard to engineering, however Gustave and his engineers, as experienced bridge builders, understood the importance of wind forces. If they wanted to create the tallest building in the world, they had to be certain it would withstand against powerful winds. And the Eiffel Tower does.

Museums to Visit in Paris, France (I)

Museums to Visit in Paris, France: Catacombes de Paris – 1,000 Years of Bones

 

The Catacombs are the final resting place of over six million Parisians. Keep in mind the following when visiting the "Municipal Ossuary" in front of the Lion of Belfort:

 

Lines are often mind-numbingly long, so you should arrive as early as possible. There are no restrooms. The visit begins 130 steps underground and it is always under 15 degrees Celsius (under 60 degrees Fahrenheit).

 

The piles of bones arranged in decorative order come from several different cemeteries, and were exhumed and brought here over the course of thirty years in the late 1700s. Some of the famous figures in the mix are Renaissance writer Rabelais, revolutionary Robespierre, and playwright Molière.

 

Address: 1 Place Denfert-Rochereau, 14th arrondissement

Métro: Denfert-Rochereau (Lines 4, 6)

RER: Denfert-Rochereau (Line B)

 

 

Museums to Visit in Paris, France: Center Pompidou – Modern Art Behind Big Blue Tubes

 

When Centre Pompidou appeared on the scene in 1977, many Parisians were not pleased. But it soon became a postmodern monument and people now can't imagine Les Halles without it. 

 

Like many of the city's architecturally significant buildings, the man who wanted it built did not live to see it realized. Georges Pompidou's presidency was cut short by his death in 1974. He loved art and wanted a cultural center that mixed visual art, music, theater, literature, and cinema.

 

Over forty rooms are devoted to the Musée national d'art modern at Pompidou. There's a Cubist room with work by Georges Braque, Juan Gris, and Henri Laurens. There is work by Surrealist female artists Claude Cahun and Frida Kahlo. Giacometti, Picasso, Matisse, Mondrian… it's a major cross-section of 20th century modernist art.

 

Centre Pompidou also organizes temporary exhibitions and conferences and has a huge art bookstore and library. Check their website for more details.

 

Address: Place Georges Pompidou, 4th arrondissement

Métro: Rambuteau (Line 11), Hôtel de Ville (Lines 1, 11), Châtelet (Lines 1, 4, 7, 11, 14)

 

Most Beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites (II)

A World Heritage Site could be a lake, a forest, an island, a monument or a city, recognized for its symbolic role in history, and which today is a famous tourist attraction.

 

As of 2013, UNESCO has a total of 981 sites: 759 cultural sites, 193 natural sites and 29 mixed sites, scattered across 160 countries.

 

Today we conclude our series of the most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage sites with 5 more amazing attractions:

 

6. Mont Saint-Michel, France

Mont Saint-Michel is a 78-meter-high granite cliff in the Gulf of Saint Malo, France. The site consists of a fortified village and a monastery (built from the 8th century until the early 19th century). It played an important role in the history of France, being the only place that could not be conquered by the British armies during the "100-year War". It currently is one of the most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the most visited tourist attraction in France.

 

7. Petra, Jordan

Petra is an archaeological and historical city in southern Jordan, well known for its stone architecture and water piping system. The estimated date for the construction of this town is 312 B.C., Petra joining the list of the most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1985.

 

8. The pyramids of Giza, Egypt

The pyramids of Giza are among the best-known pyramids of antiquity, which were considered among the seven wonders of the ancient world. The pyramids are located to the West of the Nile Valley, at about 8 km Southwest of the city of Giza and 18 km from Cairo, the capital of Egypt.

 

9. The Acropolis in Athens, Greece

The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient Greek fortress situated above the city, and the most famous Acropolis. Among the buildings that attract the most tourists at this site, we must mention the Parthenon.

 

10. Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Sigiriya or "Lion Rock" was briefly the capital of Medieval Sri Lanka. The city is built of massive stone and its interior is decorated with frescoes illustrating, what according to the myths, would have been the King's harem. Sigiriya in Sri Lanka is definitely one of the most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage sites.

 

The Amazing Glass Cabin on the Summit of Aiguille du Midi

Compagnie du Mont Blanc opened last Saturday, a glass cabin on the Summit of Aiguille du Midi, at 3.842 meters above sea level, upon the Mont Blanc massif. "Pas dans le vide / Step into the void", the new tourist attraction in the Alps, is not recommended for those who don’t like heights.

 

Top of Aiguille du Midi, where this structure is located, offers a 360-degree panorama of the Alps and the highest peaks of France, Italy and Switzerland. To the South you can admire the top of Mont Blanc, and below, a ravine of over 1,000 meters.

 

Compagnie du Mont Blanc placed a glass cabin on the Summit of Aiguille du Midi upon the Mont Blanc Massif, near Chamonix. "Pas dans le vide", as it was called, this tourist attraction is part of the rehabilitation plan of the Visitor Center in the area.

 

“Pas dans le vide” can be accessed by a cable car located at the highest altitude in Europe, which brings the tourists up to the height of 2.317 meters. There, those willing to continue their journey can change the cable car and climb almost vertical, without supportive pillars, up to 3.777 meters, from where the top of the mountain can be reached by elevator.

 

From the Aiguille du Midi you can admire even higher peaks like the Dome du Gouter (4.304 meters), Refuge Vallot (4.362 meters), Maudit (4.365 meters), Mont Blanc du Tacul (4.248 metres) and, of course, Mont Blanc (4810 meters).

 

A spokesman for Compagnie Mont Blanc said that "thrill enthusiasts will definitely enjoy this cabin, which is suspended above the precipice". The glass cabin on the Summit of Aiguille du Midi, which can be reached from the terrace, has three walls, ceiling and floor made of glass and offers views that so far only climbers could enjoy.

 

"Pas dans le vide is a first in terms of altitude, a first in terms of technique and materials used, and a first in terms of weather conditions," added the spokesman. The walls are made of three layers of reinforced glass, specially treated for strength and clarity. "It is a breakthrough in terms of assembling a structure of glass and steel, which can withstand thermal amplitudes of -60 degrees Celsius and winds of over 220 km/h”, added the builders.

Most Expensive Places in the World

Everyone needs a place to stay. Billionaires seem to need more than one place, and buy residences in the most expensive locations around the world for very high prices. Here are the most expensive places in the world:

 

1. Paterson Hill, Singapore

It’s a residential area very nearby Orchard Street, wich is well known for its shops and restaurants. The most exquisite apartment here is the Marq. Its design was entirely made by Hermes.

Average price per square meter: $42.500.

Who lives here: Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, former Miss Singapore Rachel Kum.

 

2. Avenue Général de Gaulle, Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, France

Located on the Mediterranean Cote d’Azur, this exclusive peninsula is among the most expensive places in the world.  Avenue Général de Gaulle, in particular, has numerous seafront villas.

Average price per square meter: $79.000

Who lives here: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Paul Allen, Charlie Chaplin (before his death in 1977)

 

3. Avenue Princess Grace, Monaco

Every year during the Formula 1 Grand Prix, Monaco is crowded with billionaires, but numerous wealthy folks live here throughout the rest of the year. The street named after the Princess of Monaco is among the most expensive places in the world and in Monaco. Odeon Tour, a luxurious apartment of 167 square meters, is currently under construction, but it will be the main real estate attraction next year, when it will be completed.

Average price per square meter: $86,000.

Who lives here: Andrea Bocelli, Roger Moore, Lewis Hamilton, Helena Christensen.

 

4. Kensington Palace Gardens, London

Although the most prominent residents of the area are William and Kate, Kensington Palace Gardens is home to many embassies, including those of Russia and Japan. It‘s known as the "billionaires' street” for a clear reason.

Average price per square meter: $107,000.

Who lives here: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince George), Lakshmi Mittal, Roman Abramovich, Tamara Ecclestone.

 

5. Pollock's Path, The Peak, Hong Kong

Located at the top of a mountain and considered some sort of paradise for billionaires in Hong Kong, the most expensive street in the world has an amazing view from above the city. The real estate skyrocketing market in Hong Kong developed during 2011, when an apartment from the Sky High complex, numbers 10-19, was sold for 103 million dollars. Pollock's Path is the last and most exquisite entry on our most expensive places in the world list.

Average price per square meter: $120,000.

Who lives here: Stephen Chow, HSBC executives.