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#1 worldsfairent

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 04:22 AM

Happy New Year from the Eiffel Tower-- still rising radiant and beautiful over Paris after 123 years! FYI-- La Tour is in the midst of a significant facelift. They are adding one of those touristâ thrilling glass floors to the first observation deck. Not exactly sure how I feel about that-- but if it keeps this Great Granddaddy of Wondrous World's Fair theme centers alive and thriving for another 123 years-- then I guess there's only one thing you can say. "C'est la vie!"

#2 Bill Cotter

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 10:56 AM

Trey asked me to add this set of photos from his visit to Paris.

 

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 05:57 PM

Trey, happy and healthy new year to you and all our friends at PTU.....Johnny


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Posted 02 January 2013 - 11:04 AM

Not sure if you are aware but the building photographed is the Palais de Challiot which was constructed at the time of the 1937 exhibition.

 

http://en.wikipedia....is_de_Chaillot.

 

That was the exhibition with the massive pavilion designed by Speer to show the might of Nazi Germany.



#5 Randy Treadway

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 10:59 PM

Here's a nice "then and now" comparison. There's certainly a lot of skyscrapers on the Paris horizon now!

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 10:52 PM

Yes, I was aware of the Trocadero's former World's Fair significance (and not just in 1937). Meanwhile, nice comparison, Randy. That area of skyscrapers is called La Defense-- an attempt to grow a new and modern Paris on the edge of all it's history. A fairly boring area-- though it does boast another very impressive arch called Arc La Defense, which is located on an exact parralel to the Arc d'Triomphe (which it dwarfs) and a third even smaller arch at the Louvre.

http://www.paris-arc..._la_defense.jpg

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:25 AM

A few more beauty shots of the Eiffel Tower from my last night in Paris, January 3, 2013.  A rainy, foggy night-- simply snapped with my iPhone-- no filters of any kind.  God bless Gustave Eiffel.

 

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 08:47 PM

It's interesting that for many years in the 20's and 30's they had a deal with the company Citroen, so that at night the Eiffel Tower spelled out Citroen. :) Can you imagine lights on the Statue of Liberty spelling out General Motors? LOL




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