Built as the entrance for the 1889 World's Fair, the Eiffel Tower was the tallest man-made structure in the world for 41 years. It now is a symbol of Paris and France. It is famous for it's design and is a popular tourist attraction. It is open to the public and features resturants at several floors.
Jardin du Luxembourg
The second largest public park in Paris, also known as Luxembourg Gardens, and one of the sites that make the city such a romantic place to visit. It was built by Marie de Medicis in the beginning of the 17th century around Luxembourg Palace, modeled after the Boboli Gardens in Florence. It has been expanded several times, but some of the park has also been lost to the expanding city. Today the park size is about 22,5 hectares. It is centered around a large basin of water where children sail model boats. It has large lawns and gravel roads in parterre style. Around the park there are hundreds of statues and monuments. One of the more famous sites is the Medici Fountain. It was originally built as a nympheum. The original statues in the fountain have been replaced by the lovers Acis and Galatea as they are caught by the giant Polyphemus.
Mont Saint-Michel is a tidal island in Normandy. It lies about one kilometre off the French coast. There used to be a natural bridge crossing to the island during low tide, which was submerged during the high tide. The natural bridge was reinforced to a causeway in 1879. The history of the island, though, dates back to the 6 and 7 century, when it served as an Armorican stronghold. The island got it's name during the 8 century, after Archangel Michael supposedly commanded the bishop of Avranches, St. Aubert, to build a church there. Since then it has been an important strategical location during several battles. For instance, it played an important role in the Normandie invation of England. It was declared a historic monument in 1874. Along with the surrounding bay area, it was also listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.