Archive | January, 2011

Picture This: The Eiffel Tower (by a Frustrated Architect)

When I was a kind, I wanted to be an architect.

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

This career fixation started at the earliest of my memories and lasted until I turned 20. Yes, 20. I actually studied to become an architect my first two years at Uni. Even though there were many aspects I loved about it, I missed having a more social side – which led to International Business.

Admiring the Eiffel Tower, makes me wonder if I really made the right decision. I mean – I might have become the next Gustave Eiffel, right? Dreams aside – I know what made me move away from architecture and into business, and after all these years, I know that I made the right decision. I don’t regret it – specially because architecture will always remain as one of my biggest interests.

Having said this, I thought I’d share a few fun facts:

  • The Eiffel Tower helps you to find your way in Paris as its 4 pillars are aligned to the points of the compass
  • With extremely strong stormy wind, it can move 13 cm (I wouldn’t like to be up there when this happens!)
  • On a clear day, you can see up to 67 km away from the upper part of the Tower
  • During winter, the Tower shrinks 15 cm
  • During summer, the Tower leans very slightly, as one side is heated by the sun and expands up to 8cm

Do you know any interesting facts about the Eiffel Tower?