Lightning strikes the Eiffel Tower in 1902
Face of Paris - illusion
At the Foot of the Lighted Eiffel Tower
Short Film by the Coen Brothers - Paris Je T’Aime In their 2006 short, Tuileries from the 2006 anthology, Paris Je T’Aime, which compiled short films by directors from across the world to highlight various parts of the city, the Coen Brothers apparently “took some of the requirements given for the shorts, such as featuring Parisian landmarks and describing the city as being for lovers, and twisted them around, not thinking it would actually be approved.” (Paste Magazine). In the short Steve Buscemi plays a luckless average tourist who unwittingly breaks the “no eye contact” rule of the Paris Metro, leading to all kinds of weirdness as he waits for his train at Tuileries station. A nicely bizarre five minutes’ worth!
A special Railway Station - Photo by Budapest Man @ trek earth
At the turn of the 19th century, two large railway stations were built in Paris, the Gare de Lyon and the Gare d’Orsay. The Gare d’Orsay had the most prominent site, along the Seine opposite the Louvre. The railway station was planned by the Compagnie d’Orléans, who wanted to bring electrified trains right into the heart of Paris.
Helix Nebula Over Paris DRI (David Giral @ Flickr)
Today in History: Friday, August 31, 1997:
- Diana Princess of Wales remembered in Britain (english.ruvr.ru)
- Diana’s legacy: No fitting statue or memorial but the People’s Princess lives on through William and Harry (mirror.co.uk)