Bonjour Third Grade, à Paris! (Hello, from Paris!)
I’ve been here almost 2 weeks now, and I’ve been learning so much. Mrs. Donnelly told me you might want to learn about Paris too, so I made this post for you!
This is the Eiffel Tower, the most famous building in all of France! In French we say La Tour Eiffel, but some people call it “la dame de fer” which means The Iron Lady. This monument was built in 1889 for the World’s Fair in Paris. It’s named after Gustave Eiffel, the man whose company was in charge of building it (his company also made the frame of the Statue of Liberty in New York City!).
The Eiffel Tower is about 180 stories tall! Can you imagine what it would be like to live on the 180th floor of an apartment building! You would have to climb 1,710 steps every day! In Europe, they use the metric system, so they say that the tower is 324 meters tall. When I changed that into the measurement system we use in the U.S. I found out that that’s 1,063 feet tall!!! Can you figure out how many yards that is? What about inches?
If you’ve ever been to see the Washington Monument in Washington D.C., you know that’s the tallest building in Washington. It is 555ft tall. If the Washington Monument is 555ft tall and the Eiffel Tower is 1,063ft tall, which monument is taller? By how many feet?
The Eiffel Tower is also great to see at night, because it is illuminated with beautiful lights! In 2000, to celebrate the new millennium, the Eiffel Tower was decorated with special blinking lights to make the monument even more beautiful. Even though they were only meant to last for one year, people liked them so much, that they decided to keep them! C’est magnifique! Now, more than 20,000 tiny bulbs light up every night and make the Eiffel Tower sparkle! Here’s a video of the light show that I took from the balcony in my apartment here in Paris
The light show starts every night at sunset. It sparkles for 5 minutes at the beginning of every hour until 2am. If the sun goes down at 10pm, how many times does the light show play? Can you figure out how many minutes the Tower sparkles each night?
I hope you had fun reading this post and that you learned something new about the Eiffel Tower and Paris! Leave a comment if there’s anything else about Paris you want to learn about!!
À bientôt! (See you soon!)