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Issue 1: France From An Outsiders Perspective...

The Eiffel Tour

Such an iconic landmark and seeing it can only be described as a surreal moment. The architecture, which was originally considered ‘ugly’ by the French, now brings tourist after tourist to the iconic place. You get into the elevator and go higher and higher to each level until you're at what seems to be, the highest point in the universe. As an old, architectural city, Paris is only really six stories high, so being so high, you have the ability to see everything, from the business district, to the Champs Elysees, to the L’Arc de Triomphe, to the Louvre. All sights from television screens that one can only imagine and picture in their minds when we live as far away as we do. They say the world is now such a small place, but when it comes to travel, and physical distance, there is a vast seclusion that can be felt.

The most interesting part of the Eiffel Tour to me, however, was the view from underneath looking up. This central point of the city where lovers, friends and family come to meet and explore the infinite possibilities that surround them. From the base of the tower you can see connection after connection of geometric forms and lines that run for meters and meters. Everywhere you look, a new shape is formed and a new line comes into view, becoming a different point of interest. From the base looking up, there is another world to be seen, through an architectural lens of beauty and it is, in my opinion, a view that is under appreciated.































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Gabriella Renee Xipolitos. Enjoy.