Viva La Tour Eiffel

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Americas, Architecture, Travel

The Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel). Famous, oui? Would you be surprised to learn that doubt and skepticism were the initial reactions to the structure planned for the 1889 World’s Fair? Gustave Eiffel’s iron tower grew up to become the most recognizable landmark in Paris — possibly France — and for good reason. It is singularly spectacular!

paris, las vegasThis tower, however, is not in Paris. This is Paris Vegas-Style. Like it’s famous neighbor (Bellagio) on the opposite side of The Strip, this resort was inspired by a European destination.

Paris Las Vegas welcomes her visitors with a half scale (541 ft/165 m) replica of the Mr Eiffel’s iconic tower. A full scale  tower was originally planned, but McCarran Airport is too close. Vegas resorts are well known for total immersion into their respective themes. Consequently, at Paris LV you will also find a neon sign in the shape of the Montgolfier Balloon. It’s Vegas Baby, you must have a neon sign. Preferably a very big one! Additionally you will see a two-thirds size Arc de Triomphe, a replica of La Fontaine des Mers, and a 1200-seat theatre called Le Théâtre des Arts. Mais naturellement!

Paris LV opened on September 1, 1999 at an estimated cost of $760 million. Vegas loves to blow things up to make way for new things. It somehow adds to the history of the resort that rises from the ruins. However, no dramatic implosion made way for Paris LV. It stands on the site once occupied by a unremarkable small strip mall complex which housed a small casino (Little Caesar’s). Traveller tip: some of the best views of Bellagio’s dancing fountains can be seen from the Eiffel Tower Restaurant, so treat yourself to a gourmet dinner.  Location: Las Vegas, USA

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