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On this week's episode of Join Us in France we celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower. Should you go see it? What's so great about it?
The Man Behind the Tower
We talk about the man behind it and the technological innovations that made the Eiffel Tower possible. Gustave Eiffel entered into a contest to create a monument to adorn the entrance to the 1889 World Fair. The Eiffel Tower was not supposed to stay up for more than a few years, but it was so impressed foreign visitors that Paris authorities decided to keep it.
Love / Hate Relationship With Anything New: It's a French Thing!
Elyse also tells us that while some Parisians hated it, but most loved it right from the start. Old French men can be the worst curmudgeons, and intellectuals were almost always old French men. They don't like anything they didn't come up with or anything that challenges their esthetic sensibilities. So they complained. But once it was up it charmed everyone and they lost that battle, thank goodness!
Changes to the Eiffel Tower
There has been recent improvements to the Eiffel Tower, and there are many more to come. In particular when it comes to the security around the Eiffel. It is such an icon that it is at high risk for terror attacks. It is also under high surveillance, so don't let that keep you away!
What If You Don't Want to Line Up? What's the Best Place to See the Eiffel Tower?
How should you visit the Eiffel Tower? How to not be in line forever? What's the best vantage point to see it from the outside? All of that and more on today's show. Enjoy!