The guide books say it was constructed for no other reason than to impress and I must say the Eiffel Tower certainly succeeds at that. It is a magnificent structure and my guess is it is the most photographed building in France and maybe in the world. AR and I climbed the stairs to the second floor which was the cheaper choice, with a very short line and the view was sufficient for us. Lots of people were picnicing in the park below. It was another hot day but there was a good wind and we went close to sunset.
My blog's title originated in July 2004 as I was preparing to send my then 16 year old daughter to Annecy, France as an exchange student. It was to be a 10 and 1/2 month separation that I was sure I could not endure. BUT, thanks to the internet and blogging I survived her adventures outside of our 'nest'. Once she returned, I thought of changing the title but realized that 10 and 1/2 Months was a fitting description of the cycle of my teaching life too. Now that I am retired the days and months have much less structure but the title remains out of nostalgia for my teaching days.