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Friday, May 27, 2011

Paris Ponderings

Get an eif-fel of this!

Once upon a time, way back in 1889,
the French people became tired
of tripping over all the disgarded pieces of iron
that were laying round about.

What to do? What to do??

Each day they would sit mulling over their dilemma
while sipping a coffee in a sidewalk cafe. 
Then a bloke by the name of Gustave Eiffel,
while chewing on a croussant and doodling with his pen on his napkin,
came up with a great idea to use up
the surplus supply of iron that was littering the town.

He called his sketch a puddle iron lattice tower.

They found a vacant spot on the Champ de Mars...

"Trust me...this will work. It's gonna look good!"

The town's folk could not come up with a better idea,
so they listened to Gustave,
and proceeded to help assemble all those annoying bits of iron.

Before too long, they had finished erecting their huge iron structure,
which could be seen from miles around.

It became know as the Eiffel Tower,
(or the iron lady to those closest to her)
and is the tallest building in Paris.

Just lovely!

Today, Paris would not be PARIS without the Eiffel Tower.

I hope you have enjoyed this Paris pondering.

For other delightful pathways through the city of Paris
 please be sure to visit with the magnificent Anita,
...she will have a whole list of places you can wander, on the 28th May.
(just be sure to allow for the time difference...the USA is 15 hours behind Australia)

photo credits:
(from Etsy)


  1. Victoria
    I love this story, not simply because Paris is like nowhere else, and the Eiffel Tower like no other landmark, but because of the POWERFUL metaphor of creating something truly beautiful from "scraps" lying around, things deemed useless, an eyesore, in the way.


  2. Dearest one....I see my beloved came since early this morning (12 midnight) we both posted in tandem. I was so blessed to see that you had already visited us both, and to know that we are all on the same mindset today just bowls be over!!!!! I LOVE THIS STORY AS use what you have, to persevere and to admire the work you do. What a powerful metaphor and thank you for you kind and wonderful words about my art...teeeheee...just having fun!!!! HAVE A GREAT DAY MY FRIEND!!! Anita

  3. What a lovely tribute to Anita. Well done! Especially the video. xx's Marsha @ Splenderosa in Texas

  4. Hi Victoria
    Well one can never get enough of the Eiffel Tower and these shots you have shared with us are fabulous.. some of the best I've seen.. That large dark b&w in the middle really has me intrigues and reminds me a lot of the Sydney Harbour bridge.. [a parallel I haven't seen before]..

    Have a great weekend and thanks for popping by .. ciao xxx Julie

  5. I loved seeing the progression of the Eiffel Tower construction!

    Victoria so glad you are at the Paris Party by Anita!! My post is finally up so come and visit!

    Art by Karena

  6. I loved your tour! And that beautiful Tower, everybody knows that"PARIS".
    Enjoyed meeting you from Anita's Paris party! following along.

  7. Wonderful story. This is the first time I've seen photos of the Eiffel Tower being buit. It is amazing! Thank you for sharing.


  8. WOW Vicki, such a perfectly delightful story...very well told my dear! Would truly love to see this world wonderment in person someday...Ahhhh....
    Oh but this WAS a great girly getaway...thank you SO very much for popping revoir pour l'instant...xoxo...Rosie

  9. What a wonderful post! The Eiffel Tower is so iconic...just looking at photographs of it is evocative and thrilling. Loved this...and thanks so much for commenting on my post!

    Cindy at Notes in the Key of Life

  10. Bonjour..what a great post and the pictures and information is just grate, I agree with you and wonder what Paris would be without the eiffeltower..its magnificant //Marie

  11. Wow! I don't think I've ever seen that many different views of this iconic tower before!

    Thank you so much for the beautiful tour :)

  12. I so love your post...those images are amazing. Thank you for visiting me the other day. Happy new week. xo

  13. VICKI DEAREST!!!! Thank you for coming on over tonight! Oh dear, you were ill? I thank you for taking the time to participate in this little Paris soirée; it means a lot to me that people really enjoyed it and that the best part was making new friends and visiting dear old friends. I hope you feel better soon my dear; I am off of school for the summer next week and I am tickled!!! Hope to correspond with you!! SKYPE MAYBE? Be well my friend, Anita

  14. GOOD MORNING DEAREST! For me it is 3:00AM!!! I am up so early so I can get myself out of here, Ruben to his school and myself to my classroom by at least 6:00am so I can finish my REPORT CARDS!!!!!! SO MUCH TO DO...and you are feeling better my friend? THANK YOU FOR COMING OVER AND VISITING! I am so glad you are feeling much better. I am know your time with the little ones had to be sweet!


  15. Great group of photos! The first time I went to see the Eiffel tower when I was a little kid I was shocked by how many tourists were waiting to go up. I had never seen so many people in line before. So the first time I saw the Eiffel tower I wasn't awed by the magnificence of the tower, but rather by the tourists. LOL! Leave it to me to notice something like that!

  16. VICKI!!!! HOW ARE YOUU TODAY??? I cannot find your me, PLEASE! Anita

  17. VICKI!!! teeeheeee...I thought the same thing about those ROMAN SOLDIERS...SHAME! teeeeheee! THANK YOU FOR COMING and for your dear, dear comments. Beyond my struggles to get my college degrees at a later age and other hurdles I decided to jump over, I think that trying my hand at writing WELL to reach the mainstream audience and publishing world will no doubt be the hardest thing I will have ever done to this point. But getting the feedback from my current audience is helpful but I have much work to do, but I am up to it. One thing I have learned about myself...I am very bold. teeeeheee!

    TAKE CARE DEAREST and I hope you are well over that flu...Blessings, Anita



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