124 years today, Gustave Eiffel, officially inaugurated the Eiffel Tower, on the 31st of March, 1889.

Paris Je t'aime (Summer 2008)

Paris Je t’aime (Summer 2008)

              The Eiffel Tower

Initially, the Tower was built as the entrance for the 1889 World Fair, it ended up being the iconic landmark of the city of Paris, France.

In May 1884, Maurice Koechlin, an engineer drew an outline for a tall metal structure for the World Fair to be held five years later. Eiffel wasn’t that enthusiastic in the beginning, but sanctioned a further study into it with Koechlin and another engineer Émile Nouguier, and got architect Stephen Sauvestre to add the decorative elements to make it more aesthetically appealing.

After facing a lot problems and protests, work on the foundations finally started in January 1887. And towards the end of March 1889, the tower was complete. It was officially opened on the 31st of March 1889. And played it’s role as the entrance to world fair of 1889, Exposition Universelle, held between 6th May & 31st October 1889, to celebrate the centennial (100th anniversary) of the storming of the Bastille, which was beginning of the French Revolution.

After the fair, the tower had a permit to stand for 20 years. It was to be dismantled in 1909. But after the permit expired, Paris decided to keep it a little longer, as it could come in handy for communication purposes. Then the first World War came, powerful radio transmitters were fitted to the tower which jammed German communications. This seriously hindered German advances to Paris in 1914. During the second World War, lift cable were cut in  the Eiffel Tower, so that Hitler and his soldiers would have to climb steps to the top to hoist the swastika. The flag blew away within hours. Hitler chose to stay on the ground. It was said that Hitler conquered France, but did not conquer the Eiffel Tower. With the world going through a number of disasters, both man made and natural, the Eiffel Tower stood high and erect withstanding the test of time.  

The Eiffel Tower, was the tallest man made structure in the world, when it was built, and it held that title for 41 years, till in 1930, when the Chrysler Building was made in New York, U.S.A.  In 1957, with the addition of an antenna atop the Eiffel Tower, it is now taller than the Chrysler Building and it is the second-tallest structure in France, today.

Paris (Spring 2005) Euro-trip 2005

Paris (Spring 2005) Euro-trip 2005, April 2005

Paris 2009 (pre-Autumn 2009)

Paris 2009 (pre-Autumn 2009)Sept 2009

 Paris et moi (Paris & Me)

The first time I visited Paris was in April 2005. I was doing a one month Euro-trip. I started with Paris, on the 1st of April, where I saw the two famous landmarks, the Eiffel Tower and the Triumph d’arc. Left early next day for Geneva, Switzerland. Then on the 31st of April 2005, I left Den Haag (The Hague), Amsterdam, early morning, and via Brussels, Belgium, reached Paris station (not the main city) and straight to Charles de Gaulle Airport.

Then I got a chance to live in Paris for almost an year (between 2008 and 2009). A 100 days in 2008 (July-Oct 2008) & for less than six months in 2009 (March-Sept 2009). And I fell in love with this beautiful city. I wrote to my friends down under, “No wonder it’s called the city of love, ’cause you fall in love with Paris, the city itself.” And I did, with the city. I could just lose myself in the streets of Paris, just walking around, by the river seine, listening to street musicians on Pont des Artistes, with a view of the Pont Neuf, the street side book shops around the seine, with posters and prints of great artistic works and iconic images of Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) and Marilyn Monroe from The Seven Year Itch (1955); though all American (Hollywood flicks), very French in style; street café’s, the Shakespeare and co., the Notre Dame, museums etc etc.. I was in love with this highly cultured and artistic city of Paris. I just wish I could have been happier there, but atleast I had Paris back then. Facing loads of problems, thanks to SL’s there, one depressive moment in Sept 2008, as I was walking past the Eiffel Tower, I made a vow – that I wouldn’t climb the tower until I have, or have had, someone in life. I left Paris in Sept 2009. Three and half years later no such luck. Yet am glad I got a chance to live in such a beautiful city. Paris Je t’aime.   

Paris 2005-2009

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Some of my artworks, that depict Paris’ iconic landmark. 

Paris Sydney through the balcony (Nuwan Sen)

Paris Sydney through the balcony (Nuwan Sen)

Paris Sydney through the Balcony (oils on canvas) An impressionist work by me, inspired by the six countries I’ve lived in till date, and depicting mainly two of my favourite cities, but also incorporating other places I’ve lived in. Shall explain this painting in detail some other time.    Eiffel Tower in my Drawings-Sketches (2010 & 2011)

Top row: Left – Drawing, Horny Gargoyle watching over Paris (Feb 2010); Right – Rough Sketch of Paris Sydney through the Balcony (Feb 2010).

Bottom Row: Left – Drawing, My Favourite movie by decade: The 1940’s (Feb 2011); Right – Drawing, My Favourite Film on Film Buffs (Feb 2011).

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Nuwan Sen’s Historical Sense

Nuwan Sen’s Artworks

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Beatle News  #5

The Beatles at Strouds (62') & Bagism (69')

  •   1962 – The Beatles play in Stroud’s Subscription Rooms, a rare foray outside Liverpool.
  •  1969 – After the famous Bed-In, John & Yoko, fly to Vienna, Austria where they hold a press conference in a bag (Bagism); and send Acorns for Peace to every world leader.

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Nuwan Sen’s Music Sense. Nuwan Sen n’ Peace. Nuwan Sen & The Beatles ( ).

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