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11. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

I always thought the Eiffel Tower was black until I saw it in person. It is very, unmistakable brown. Funny, the things that stand out when you travel. Such a mundane detail - but I remember staring up in awe because the thing was rust-coloured.

12. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting Cupcake

The Incas considered bridges to be so sacred that anyone who tampered with them was put to death. Some rope bridges extended for 175 feet.

Interesting...I've crossed a couple in Peru. Some are very flimsy, over a rolling river...I would jump up and down and stomp on them (just to see how strong they were, stupid me ) Is that considered tampering?

13. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

I always thought the Eiffel Tower was black until I saw it in person. It is very, unmistakable brown. Funny, the things that stand out when you travel. Such a mundane detail - but I remember staring up in awe because the thing was rust-coloured.

And I cant believe it gets painted every seven years...it looks like some areas need more renovation than painting...

Isnt it weird that when you see it from afar it looks so much smaller than what you thought it was?

14. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Quoting areinstein

Isnt it weird that when you see it from afar it looks so much smaller than what you thought it was?

I could see it in the distance as the plane landed, so I assumed it really must be huge. But try walking towards it the first time you hit the streets in Paris! The buildings are all so tighly bundled together that you can't follow anything in the distance. I kept thinking "What the hell's wrong with me that I keep losing site of the #&#%% Eiffel Tower??"

15. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

I read some crazy statistic last year somewhere that it's going to cost the Irish state 1 million euro a year to have the Spire in Dublin cleaned.....can that be right? Did I make that up or dream it?

16. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

I hope I have this right - the news stated that all the road signs in Ireland would be in Gaelic (sp!). Is that correct and how much will that cost?

17. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Hi Isa,

Yes, that's right. They are going to be in English and Irish/Gaelic. I'll believe it when I see it!

No idea how much it would cost. We've jsut recently changed from miles to kilometres over here so the speed limit signs have all been changed in the last while.

;)

18. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

I wish the US would convert to metric. It is SO much easier!
Try and explain to a five year old that 8oz in a cup, 2 cups in a pint, 2 pints in a quart, 4 quarts in a gallon.....5280 feet in a mile..blah!

19. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting samsara2

Hi Isa,

Yes, that's right. They are going to be in English and Irish/Gaelic. I'll believe it when I see it!

No idea how much it would cost. We've jsut recently changed from miles to kilometres over here so the speed limit signs have all been changed in the last while.

;)

Oh, our news reported they would be in Gaelic only so I was thinking it was going to be a traveller's nightmare for awhile. Especially for us non-Gaelic speaking Americans. Thanks for the info!

20. Posted by banana (Budding Member 33 posts) 11y

Did you know...
There is a tapeworm that lives inside blue whales that grows upto 300ft long

That it has been shown that some people in Europe (a general location - very few) cannot get the AIDS virus because they have a deletion on a gene that makes the recepter that pulls in the virus?

That Butterflies taste with their feet, and duck quacks don't echo