what happened today in 1889?

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It feels like a while since we have been on the blog… (a week to be exact) and it’s thanks to wifi at home being unavailable ūüė¶¬†But we are up and running again! YAY!

To celebrate and mark the significance of TODAY: March 31 – we will be honouring the Eiffel Tower which officially opened 126 years ago (back in 1889).

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And here are 5 random facts to go with our photos of the Eiffel Tower.

Did you know…

  • It took 2 years to build the Eiffel Tower?
  • The Eiffel Tower acted as a radio antennae¬†in the early 1900s?
  • It was originally described as a “monstrous eyesore”?
  • The Eiffel Tower is covered in 60 tons of paint, which needs to be touched up every 7 years?
  • It¬†attracts almost 7 million visitors a year?

A beautiful Parisian icon or an eyesore?

Have you been and what did you think?

Leave us a comment.


bremen town musicians in riga

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In the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale: “Town Musicians of Bremen“, the 4 animals (donkey, dog, cat and rooster) are standing on each other’s backs peering into a house of robbers feasting.

The statue, gifted to Riga by their sister city Bremen, has a political satirical connotation.

Wise Monkey Trivia: The 4 animals are standing on each other’s back but are looking through the “Iron Curtain”.¬†


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