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Paris much? Tour Eiffel


I am not going to spend a lot of time to explain something that we all know what is anyways: The Eiffel tower.  Instead I will let Wiki provide the explanation:

SAMSUNG CSCThe Eiffel Tower is a wrought ironlattice toweron the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower.

Constructed in 1889 as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair, it was initially criticized by some of France’s leading artists and intellectuals for its design, but it has become a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognisable structures in the world. The Eiffel Tower is the most-visited paid monument in the world; 6.91 million people ascended it in 2015.

SAMSUNG CSCThe tower is 324 metres (1,063 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-storey building, and the tallest structure in Paris. Its base is square, measuring 125 metres (410 ft) on each side. During its construction, the Eiffel Tower surpassed the Washington Monumentto become the tallest man-made structure in the world, a title it held for 41 years until the Chrysler Building in New York City was finished in 1930. Due to the addition of a broadcasting aerial at the top of the tower in 1957, it is now taller than the Chrysler Building by 5.2 metres (17 ft). Excluding transmitters, the Eiffel Tower is the second-tallest structure in France after the Millau Viaduct.

The tower has three levels for visitors, with restaurants on the first and second levels. The top level’s upper platform is 276 m (906 ft) above the ground – the highest observation deck accessible to the public in the European Union. Tickets can be purchased to ascend by stairs or lift (elevator) to the first and second levels. The climb from ground level to the first level is over 300 steps, as is the climb from the first level to the second. Although there is a staircase to the top level, it is usually only accessible by lift.

If you are interested in a more in depth text about the tower, please read the whole wiki-article: Wikipedia, Eiffel Tower

Let’s just do the pictures:

Graceful

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Paris Much? Parc Asterix


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Asterix is a French comic book series – which I absolutely love and adore! I actually see it as The Greatest Comic Books in the World! This feisty autonomous village of indomitable Gauls has so many funny characters and so much play-on-words that it is a treasure-chest for Old Mamasan. Just the character names alone are enough to crack me up bigtime. Although the names have been translated to the English versions of the comic book – they are still done with thought and finesse (more so than in the Norwegian translation.) Who wouldn’t love a druid by the name of Getafix or a village bard named Cacofonix! I won’t reveal all the names, as I think you should pick up an Asterix comic book and see for yourself!

Asterix was written by René Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo until the death of Goscinny in 1977. Uderzo then took over the writing until 2009, when he sold the rights to publishing company Hachette. As of 2015, 36 volumes have been released. Several of the books have been adapted into films, 9 animated and 4 live action.

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Parc Astérix (opened in 1989) is a theme amusement park in France, approximately 35 km (22 mi) north of Paris – based on the comics about Asterix and his villagers.

It is especially well known in France for its large variety of roller coasters (including a bobsled one), and is also incorporating rides and themes from historic cultures such as the Gauls, the Romans, the ancient Greeks and the Egyptians, but always in the visual style of the stories.

If you happen to be in Paris, especially with kids, and you have a day to spend – try Parc Asterix!

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