*The Eiffel Tower, Paris, France, April 2014. Photo by Kiki Hamilton.
It is breath-taking to see The Eiffel Tower in person, not only for its elegant design, but also for that moment when you see something so familiar with your own eyes. Magnifique!
The Eiffel Tower was constructed in 1889 as the entrance for the 1889 World Fair. Initially criticized (quite strongly!) by some of France's leading artists and intellectuals for its design, over time, it has become one of the most recognizable structures in the world and a cultural icon for France.
Which leads one to consider the ideas of strength mixed with beauty, as well as fortitude. All qualities one needs to embrace if one hopes to succeed as a writer.