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Eiffel Tower Closes

April 10, 2009 by  

A view of the Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower in Paris

First the Parthenon in Athens, now the Eiffel Tower in Paris.  What famous tourist attraction will striking workers close next?

The 120-year-old city landmark did not open Wednesday or Thursday due to workers demands for higher pay.

According to the Associated Press, “More than 500 people work in the Eiffel Tower, from welders and plumbers to security guards and cooks.”

Normally the historic site receives 18,000 visitors per day, offering them the most fabulous views of Paris, a restaurant for dining and a few gift shops.

Back in 2003,  I rode the elevator up nearly 1,000 feet for that essential Parisian experience. I chose to walk down and savor the sights.

Once again, I am saddened for the people being turned away.

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