Paris!

Nous sommes maintenant à Paris! We recently flew from Reykjavik to Paris. I haven’t been feeling very good for lots of the time here. On our first day, we started our math. We got our new math books, and my dad got a program called ALEKS and they teach online math. Every morning so far we got pain au chocolat from a nearby pastry shop, and they are delicious! One day, when I was feeling better, we went out to see a small number of the many amazing things in Paris. We went in the Louvre (which was very crowded) and we saw the Mona Lisa and lots of other famous pieces of art. We also went to the Notre Dame, but we didn’t go inside. One of my favorite things was the Eiffel Tower, and part of my homework was to learn some facts about it.

Eiffel Tower Facts:

  • The Eiffel Tower is 1,063 feet tall. For some comparison, the Space Needle is 605 feet tall
  • It is named after the maker, Gustave Eiffel. Gustave also designed the inner structure of the Statue of Liberty
  • It was finished in 1889 for the 1889 World’s Fair
  • The Eiffel Tower weighs 10,000 tons
  • The Eiffel Tower made the USA jealous when they were making it, so America had the honor of making the elevators
  • It is painted with 60 tons of paint every seven years, and they can only use paintbrushes
  • It has 3 floors. 1st floor: Restaurant: Altitude 95; 2nd floor: Restaurant: Jules Verne; Third floor: observation deck
  • It has both lifts and stairs. There is many different ways to get to each floor. To get to the first floor, you can take the lift, or climb 300 steps. To get to the second floor, you can take the lift all of the way, or climb 300 steps to the first floor, then take the lift, or take the lift to the first floor then climb 300 stairs to the second floor, or climb 600 steps. To get to the third floor, you could take the lift all of the way, or climb 600 steps to the second floor, then take the lift, or climb 300 steps to the first floor then take the lift the rest of the way.

Eiffel Tower Pictures (I didn’t take them):

http://wondrouspics.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/eiffel-tower.jpg

 

http://www.earthinpictures.com/world/france/paris/eiffel_tower.jpg

Also while we were in Paris, we took a train to Versailles. I did a separate post on that.