10 Things I Bet You Didn’t Know About the Eiffel Tower
You know I love the Eiffel Tower. What Paris expat doesn’t?!? So I thought it was about time I posted another article about this lovely iron lady.
read on and you will have some interesting things to say during your water cooler break, about our giant sparkling four-legged tower. You’re welcome.
- In 1925 a crook named Victor Lustig swindled some investors by pretending to sell them the rights to recuperate the Eiffel Tower as scrap metal! He wined and dined them at swanky hotels to make his story believable. Um, to those silly enough to believe him… #Fail!
2. In WWII, an American pilot, flew his fighter jet under the arches of the Eiffel Tower in pursuit of a German plane. They need to make a film about that. I want to see the film crew trying to capture that shot!
3. In 1983 a metal staircases were taken out of the tower and cut into 20 pieces which were sold in auctions. The stairs often reappear in auctions. One couple bought a piece and have turned it into authentic Eiffel Tower jewelry!
7. The golden light illuminating the tower dates from 1985, and was the project of artist Pierre Bideau. I remember seeing that golden light for the first time and being in utter awe when I visited Paris in 1998. That was before the sparkles.
More fun facts about the Eiffel Tower can be found here : Eiffel Tower Facts