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The Eiffel Tower’s Rough Start


The Eiffel Tower was originally supposed to be in Barcelona, but the city thought it would be an eyesore, and rejected Gustave Eiffel’s plans. ThatFrench - Eiffel Tower meant he was forced to repitch the project elsewhere. Luckily, Eiffel found a home for his idea in Paris, where the Tower could serve as the main archway for the 1889 International Exposition.

The Tower didn’t exactly go over well with the Parisians, either. The enormous iron structure was immediately belittled by critics, and one especially harsh reviewer referred to the thing as a “metal asparagus.” The writer Guy de Maupassant had similar feelings. He famously patronized a restaurant inside the Tower because it was the one place he wouldn’t have to look at the building.

Truth be told, the Eiffel Tower wasn’t supposed to stay up for very long. In fact, it was offered for sale as scrap, and was only spared because it proved useful to the French army. (They found that its 984-foot height worked nicely as a communications tower.) Thankfully, Gustave Eiffel’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad structure has managed to endure.

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Most Romantic Places in Paris

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Visiting Paris? Take your significant other to one of the city’s most romantic spots, including the Eiffel Tower, The Wall of “I Love You’s,” Luxembourg Gardens or Île Saint Louis on the Seine.

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Montmartre Montmartre is set on a hill in northern Paris. It’s a great spot to take your significant other for break-taking views of the city. Wander through the narrow, winding streets lined with small cafes and shops. Salvador Dali, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh were just a few well-renowned artists who had studios or worked in the Parisian neighborhood.

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