Thursday, October 22, 2009

Thursday, Oct 22nd, Paris


I'll bet you didn't know that the Eiffel Tower was originally proposed to be built in Barcelona, Spain four years before it went up in Paris. City fathers thought it an economic disaster - and rejected it. Paris city fathers thought it a disaster too, but they let Gustave build it - if he took on all the financial responsibility for twenty years. And then he had to agree to take it down at his own expense. It's a good thing there are visionaries willing to take risks. After twenty years, the City decided it was a safe bet, and bought it from him.

We went to two other museums today: the Musee du Quai Branly (great masks, ethnic clothing, and southern hemisphere culture collections); and the Rodin Museum. The lighting in the first was bad (why does everyone think good treasures look better in the dark?), but I stood my stillest to get the long exposure shots. Sorry for it still being blurry.


To see the photos we took today, click on:
Thursday, Oct 22nd

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