Date: Thursday, August 14, 1958
Weather: Cloudy, Cool, Rainy
I LOVE Paris! It’s just what I expected and I certainly am impressed. Had two letters from Mom. She heard from TWA and I get into Idlewild at 5:15 A.M.!
Our hotel, the Trianon Palace is located on the Left-Bank in the Latin Quarter and on the way there caught a glimpse of Notre Dame and the Tour Eiffel! We also had a second breakfast – had the first one on the train!
Morning tour consisted of a drive around the city – along the Seine with its many book-stalls, Place de la Concord, Rue de la Paix and Arch de Triomphe! Back to hotel for lunch and then back to Notre Dame. Didn’t like it as well as St. Peters but did think the many stained glass windows were more beautiful. Also went to see the place where Napoleon is buried. Very impressive and then out to Monmarte where we saw the artists at work on the sidewalks and in the cafes! We have to have the Viking Explorer group with us and they are out of it. Sue and I really like our room! We expected something very exotic but its really nice. Wish I could stay in Paris longer and I just might get my wish. After supper I called TWA to confirm my reservation and the girl said she didn’t have it! As least I have my ticket so she took down the information and said she’d call me back!
Christian didn’t have a phone at home and it was too late to call him at the store, so I didn’t know what to do. I just got back to the room when the phone rang and it was C. calling from down in the lobby. I hurried down and was I impressed. He certainly is a doll with real blue eyes and black curly hair. We went out for coffee and he hadn’t eaten so that took quite a while. His English is pretty good, but he told me my French was terrible. He’s coming over to take me to mass on the scooter at 8:30 A.M.!
Construction of the Eiffel Tower was completed on the Champ de Mars in Paris in 1889. The structure was designed by French engineer and architect Gustave Eiffel, who also worked on the interior support structure for the Statue of Liberty. The tower held the record as the world’s tallest man-made structure until 1930, when the Chrysler Building was completed in New York.
The Eiffel Tower was built for the 1889 World’s Fair, held in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. Work on the tower took 2 years, 2 months and 5 days, which was considered a miraculous feat at the time.
The iron tower was only intended to last for 20 years, after which it was to be disassembled and its ownership given to the city of Paris. Luckily, it was found useful for communication projects (radio transmissions) and the structure was allowed to remain standing.