Tagged With "Eiffel Tower"

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Grand prize: Apartment on Eiffel Tower

PHeymont ·
Four lucky winners in a HomeAway get to spend the night in a luxury apartment specially built high up on the Eiffel Tower.
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The Eiffel Tower at Dusk

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger shares his experiences with the transformation of the Eiffel tower that occurs when day turns into night.
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Eiffel Tower closed Friday as Workers Protest Pickpockets

DrFumblefinger ·
Strikes and walkouts by public employees are far from rare in Europe. Still, it came as a surprise to many people when the Eiffel Tower closed most of Friday because its employees walked off the job. It seems they are fed up with crime, specifically...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 18, 2014: Just How Popular is the Eiffel Tower?

PHeymont ·
This popular: these are the crowds on a weekday afternoon in early August. With tickets for the elevators to the top sold out well in advance and long lines for walk-up tickets, the Tower has certainly lost none of its popularity. We went to look near...
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Sharing your photos of the Eiffel Tower might be illegal

DrFumblefinger ·
Did you know those thousands of tourists in Paris who take photos of the Eiffel Tower illuminated at night and then share these images with their friends on social media are breaking the law?   Hard to comprehend, but apparently that's the...
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Re: Grand prize: Apartment on Eiffel Tower

TravelingCanuck ·
That sounds interesting. My wife and I are heading to Paris in the fall. I wonder if we could stay there for a night.
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Re: Gustave Eiffel: Iron Man of Paris

GarryRF ·
This is the English version of the Eiffel Tower. Its in Blackpool 30 miles north of my home in Liverpool. I can see it on a clear day. Built around the same time as Eiffel and an amazing structure. I do love the observation platform where you can walk on a glass floor !
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Re: Eiffel Tower: Tech at the Top Isn't New (Where Gumbo Was #58)

PHeymont ·
Sometimes it's the things we see the most that we miss when they are "out of context" or are the least part of it. In this case, I think that looking at the tower, you're likely to notice the height, the gentle curves, the open spaces...but not the cluster at the top. I had certainly never looked at it before I took that picture, which was an extreme telephoto grab as we threaded our way through the crowd on our way to dinner. I showed it to my wife, and she said "I know what you're going to...
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Gustave Eiffel: Iron Man of Paris

DrFumblefinger ·
 ''Swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, run 26.2 miles- BRAG FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. "- John Collins, IRONMAN Founder We're all familiar with the famous Ironman race, whose amazing challenges are outlined above in the quote by John Collins....
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July's a month of festivals in France

PHeymont ·
Every country's tourist bureau does its best to promote summer activities, but France seems to have a headstart on the pack this month, with everything from fields of lavender to jazz and film festivals, and of course fireworks and more for Bastille...
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Eiffel Tower: Tech at the Top Isn't New (Where Gumbo Was #58)

PHeymont ·
Above, a slightly more recognizable view of this week's puzzle location, which was correctly identified as the top of the Eiffel Tower by Roderick Simpson, who remembers visiting the top in freezing wind for his 25th anniversary. And wind is part of...
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A striking moment for travel in France

PHeymont ·
Not the best day for travelers in France, as air traffic controllers continue to strike, grounding hundreds of flights. Long-haul international flights continue, but domestic cancellations and shorter international flights are affected.   The...
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Eiffel's yacht sails again on Lake Geneva

PHeymont ·
Once Gustave Eiffel's yacht when he had a summer home in Vevey, a Swiss town on Lake Geneva, Switzerland's oldest motor boat is back in service after a year's renovations.   The boat is now owned by a Geneva private banker, only the fifth owner,...
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Parc des Buttes Chaumont, Paris: Where Gumbo Was (#67)

PHeymont ·
Paris's Parc des Buttes Chaumont, in the eastern part of the city, can fool you. In this case, it fooled all but PortMoresby, who somehow knew this seemingly tropical wilderness, with its sketchy bridge and photographed through falling rain, was...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Nov. 18, 2014: Just How Popular is the Eiffel Tower?

DrFumblefinger ·
Hope you were able to keep your wallet in that throng. Exactly the kind of place Paris' expert pick-pockets like to frequent. And yes, it's amazing popular, even well into the evening.
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Re: Paris Looking Down: A View from the Eiffel

rbciao ·
Great pics. We were there this past August and were very impressed with the Eiffel Tower. It was truly fantastic accomplishment and the views are spectacular. The day we were there we had pre-purchased our tickets online, but did not use them. The morning of our scheduled day it was pouring down rain and we were tired, so we stayed in bed. Later in the morning the skies cleared and we went over to the tower. Since we missed our time we had to purchase another two tickets. it was still worth...
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Re: Paris Looking Down: A View from the Eiffel

PortMoresby ·
Thanks, Pheymont. Even we who imagine we know the city have gotten a whole new perspective. Point of view is everything! And, having been up the tower once long ago, I'm again struck by how much higher it seems looking down than it appears from the below or from a distance.
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Paris Looking Down: A View from the Eiffel

PHeymont ·
When the Eiffel Tower was built, as the centerpiece of Paris’ 1889 Universal Exposition, not everyone loved it. The writer Guy de Maupassant mocked it as a "high and skinny pyramid of iron ladders," and novelist Leon Bloy called it a "truly...
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Re: Eiffel Tower: Tech at the Top Isn't New (Where Gumbo Was #58)

MAD Travel Diaries ·
WOW I never would of guessed that! And to think I stared at it for two years when I lived in Paris, lol. Nice write up.
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Re: Eiffel Tower: Tech at the Top Isn't New (Where Gumbo Was #58)

Travel Rob ·
Great info and I had absolutely no clue.
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Re: Eiffel Tower: Tech at the Top Isn't New (Where Gumbo Was #58)

HistoryDigger ·
I had no clue either...and I can't even count the number of times I've been below it. Ha! Good one.
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Re: Eiffel Tower: Tech at the Top Isn't New (Where Gumbo Was #58)

DrFumblefinger ·
Great puzzle and congrats to Roderick for figuring it out. What I'd like to know is what the plus sign shaped thing on the top right does?
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Re: Gallery: Les Halles, Dijon, France

PHeymont ·
We spent a day in Dijon on the way from Paris to Lyon...and were happy to have visited the medieval core and the home store of the Maille mustard folks...but we obviously missed one of the best attractions! Oh, the bread...and the cheese...and the tomatoes: a summer dream meal right there...
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Re: Gallery: Les Halles, Dijon, France

DrFumblefinger ·
Beautiful photos! Great market!! I'm ready for lunch now....
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Re: Gallery: Les Halles, Dijon, France

PHeymont ·
If you can stay for two lunches, make the next one Restaurant Stephane Derbord on Avenue President Wilson. Take the "surprise" lunch deal; it's 28€ for a 3-course lunch with a Michelin star and the friendliest husband/wife team you could imagine. The menu changes, based on the day's special (tied to the market!) and was heavenly.
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Re: Gallery: Les Halles, Dijon, France

Travel Luver ·
Love the market!!! I'm a big fan of French wine and cheese. What time of year did you visit Dijon? Also curious about the Canal walk. Was that sort of a "room" to "room" walk? Did you carry a backpack? How did your gear travel with you? How far did you go every day and how many days was the walk? Thanks for this piece.
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Re: Gallery: Les Halles, Dijon, France

PortMoresby ·
Thanks, TL. I was in Burgundy in May. Stay tuned for more, including French wine, coming soon.
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct. 12, 2014: Sunday in the Park with Dog

PHeymont ·
  A Sunday afternoon brings many Parisians into the parks, including this woman who brought her chair, her dog and a bag of treats to the Parc des Buttes Chaumont in northeastern Paris.   We enjoyed our visit, too—until rain drove us...
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Gallery: Les Halles, Dijon, France

PortMoresby ·
I took the train an hour from Paris, to Dijon, where I stayed a few days before setting off on a long walk along the Canal de Bourgogne, the Burgundy Canal.   I walked from Dijon-Ville Station to my hotel on the Rue des Fleurs, then continued on,...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct. 12, 2014: Sunday in the Park with Dog

Travel Rob ·
Great photos that shows why parks in Paris are so special! Hands down my favorite park experiences are in Paris. Parisians enjoy their parks and gardens so much, it's contagious!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct. 12, 2014: Sunday in the Park with Dog

DrFumblefinger ·
I like city parks like this one, though they in no way compare to National Parks, which I enjoy infinitely more.
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Re: Willis Tower and Our Skydeck Experience—Chicago

DrFumblefinger ·
I've been to the Hancock tower in Chicago, but not the Sears tower (I like that name better to). The views sure are spectacular. As for me, I'll admire the view without going into the skybox, thank you very much!
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The "Eiffel Tour" Only Starts with the Tour Eiffel

PHeymont ·
Everyone knows the Eiffel Tower, or Tour Eiffel. You could probably draw a pretty accurate sketch without even looking. And quite a few folks know that that Gustave Eiffel, who designed and built it, also provided the iron skeleton that keeps the...
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Willis Tower and Our Skydeck Experience—Chicago

Samantha ·
A visit to Chicago's tallest building, with its spectacular new glass features, with Samantha.
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Re: Paris Looking Down: A View from the Eiffel

PHeymont ·
Thanks! Certainly true also about how different it can appear at different angles from below, as in Dr. Fumblefinger's blog here the other day!
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Re: Willis Tower and Our Skydeck Experience—Chicago

PHeymont ·
I haven't been on this one, but I have gone to a few, including Empire State and the old World Trade Center in NY. I always enjoy the view, but if there's an open observation area, I find myself with small chills and odd feelings in my legs as if I were going to fall...no matter how secure it is! So for me, it's the view plus a thrill ride!
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Re: The "Eiffel Tour" Only Starts with the Tour Eiffel

Travel Rob ·
Your piece will serve inspiration for many future trips,I'm sure of that.I had no clue as the extent of Eiffel's work but I now want to see several of them in person. This serves as an example of why TravelGumbo is so different and needed
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Re: The "Eiffel Tour" Only Starts with the Tour Eiffel

WorkerBee ·
PHeymont, Your post reminded me that I had seen a pre-fabricated church designed by Eiffel in Baja, Mexico. It is in the small town of Santa Rosalia and still in use. There is more info here .
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Re: The "Eiffel Tour" Only Starts with the Tour Eiffel

Mac ·
Absolutely fascinating, thank you. And I thought that UK's Isambard Kingdom Brunel was prolific!
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Re: The "Eiffel Tour" Only Starts with the Tour Eiffel

PHeymont ·
Brunel has fascinated me since reading a book on the Great Eastern, an unlucky ship he designed. Perhaps someday I can find time to post about his work...unless I hear a volunteer? Thanks!
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Re: The "Eiffel Tour" Only Starts with the Tour Eiffel

PortMoresby ·
I'm personally acquainted with one of Brunel's railway bridges, the Gatehampton Bridge over the Thames in Berkshire, England. I was advised by my Thames Path guidebook that I was approaching it. There was a strategically placed bench in a meadow where I sat, had a snack and looked at it from a distance for a bit before walking under it. Not at all knowledgeable, or even much interested, in bridges I tried to get at least a glimpse of what the guide meant when it said "one of Brunel's Great...
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Re: The "Eiffel Tour" Only Starts with the Tour Eiffel

PHeymont ·
T&N, you make an interesting point about the air circulation and coolness of Eiffel's building. These days we are constantly reading about advances in "green design," intended to reduce excess energy use. Ironic how well some of those principles of making life bearable were known so long ago by those who didn't have the option of mechanical air-conditioning! Another example is in today's blog about Gaudi's Casa Battlo in Barcelona, which uses an open well through the center of the...
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