The Eiffel Tower is beautiful, but I wouldn’t want to paint it

The Eiffel Tower gets a new paint job on average of every 7 years and it takes 25 painters applying 60 tonnes of paint by hand to cover 250,000 square metres of the Paris landmark’s surface.

Painting the iron surface of the tower is vital to protect it from rust, pollution and pigeon droppings. The job takes about 18 months and costs as much as four million euros.

Over its history, the tower has changed colour several times. It started as red-brown then changd to yellow-ochre and chestnut brown before settling in to the bronze colour we know today.

Find out more on the Eiffel Tower’s official website.

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Photos: Fine views of France

Today is Bastille Day, the day the French call la fête nationale or simply le quatorze juillet. It marks the day during the French Revolution when ordinary citizens stormed the Bastille, a prison where people were arbitrarily jailed. Here are some photos of France to mark the occasion.

Photos: Patriotic views of Paris

This week’s terrorist attacks in Paris have some travellers rethinking their visit to the City of Light. Parisians are defiantly shrugging off the violence, saying they are même pas peur, not even afraid. You shouldn’t be either. Travel to Paris and show the terrorists that you aren’t afraid of them either.

Here are some recent photos from the world’s most-visited tourist destination to remind you why you should go.

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Finally, here’s a scene from the classic movie Casablanca that is as timely as ever:

Vive la France! Vive la démocratie!

Why is the Left Bank on the south side?

Why is the area of Paris known as the Left Bank, or Rive Gauche in French, if it is on the south side of the Seine River? It’s because when you look downstream, it is on the left side .