Many Parisians were outraged when Eiffel’s design was selected for the 1889 Exposition Universalle. It was seen by the majority as an ugly monstrosity which defied the reputation that France had for good taste and style, but the project to construct it went ahead.
On completion, the Eiffel Tower was painted reddish brown and stood proud as the world’s tallest construction. It was originally intended as a temporary structure and plans were made for the Eiffel tower to be dismantled after 20 years. Fortunately the addition of an antenna enabled it to take on the role of a radio mast and this saved it from destruction.
Whilst many buildings now eclipse the Eiffel Tower, it is one of the most visited man-made attractions in the world. It draws an average of 7 million visitors annually. To mark its 125th anniversary, the structure has undergone and multi-million Euro investment that aims to increase the attraction of this French landmark.
The facelift includes a new glass floor on the first floor which has transformed a dull area into a stylish viewing platform from which to see the sights of Paris. A museum dedicated to the history of the Eiffel Tower has also been introduced, along with shops and restaurants, all of which aim to enhance the tourist experience.
If you are heading down to one of the Carisma campsites in Vendee or Aquitaine, you might consider a stop-over in Paris on route. There are plenty of accommodation options in the city and it provides a wonderful way to break up your journey. If you are travelling by train, it is likely that Paris is one of the points where you need to change trains, so it could be worth taking a little longer over your journey to take in the sights.
In addition to the Eiffel Tower, you could enjoy a trip down the Seine, take time to appreciate French art in the Louvre or see the splendour of Notre Dame, Musee d’Orsay and the Arc de Triomphe. There are many other attractions that could make for an exciting start to your French holiday.
Having experienced the best that Paris has to offer and doing battle with the crowds, you will find a far more relaxed pace of life awaits you on your Carisma campsite. Whilst there are plenty of on-site facilities and local attractions to keep everyone entertained, you can also find delightful beaches, shady woodland, traditional fishing villages and rural countryside. Criss-crossing them all are miles of cycle paths and footpaths that make the areas easy to explore.
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