Monday, September 30, 1889

Monday Sept. 30.

We went today in company of a party of seven to the top of the Eiffel tower, the highest objective point of modern times, 1000 ft from the ground.       We entered first a car containing seats, and sat down, while we were elevated to the first platform. Then we look ed down on Paris; walked around a wide platform with high iron rail and got a fine view from all sides.       We then again entered the elevator and proceeded to the top.       The sensation of going up was perfectly maddening, as we sped up, up, everything growing smaller until we reached the summit, when we got out and spent a half hour in viewing the grand scene below us.       People and things were perfectly distinct, but Oh,so small, like Liliputians, and the whole panorama, the exposition with its Trocado, its main building, build ings of all the different nations; the Beaux Arts, Pictures and sculpture gallery; th e beautiful gardens, flowers, fountains and statuary; the river Seine, filled with steamers [“steamers” had originally been capitalized and was changed to lower-case]; the great city of Paris.                Prominent above all were theHotel-de-Invalides,where the tomb of Napoleon [an “a” in “Napolean” had been corrected] lies; the grand opera house, Notre Dame, Palace of Industry, and four bull [“bill” had been corrected to “bull”] fights going on at one time. All are photographed forever   upon my mind, making a picture the like of which I shall never see again.

[Can you imagine seeing such a sight then? How magnificent it must have been! As I have mentioned here before, the Eiffel Tower was built for the Exposition Universelle de 1889, having been the proposal chosen to commemorate a century since the French Revolution.]

[Officially known today as L’Hôtel national des Invalides, it had been founded by King Louis XIV for soldiers in need. Nineteen years after his death, Napoleon’s body was exhumed and brought there from St. Helena’s. It is still a home for soldiers in need, but in addition to that and Napoleon’s tomb, it also has two churches and three museums. The Esplanade des Invalides was housing a colonial exhibition for this Exposition Universelle, “as well as several state-sponsored pavilions. There was, for instance, a hygiene ‘palace’, a public welfare pavilion, as well as a building dedicated to social economy. The state was therefore much more visible than in the previous fair. The Invalides site also had a very successful panorama called ‘Le panorama de tout-Paris’, which represented the capital’s social life” (quote from this page). I believe that by “Trocado” Addie meant Trocadéro, a site in Paris which was hosting exhibitions for the Exposition; today the Palais de Chaillot stands where it once was.]

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Trackback: Tuesday, October 1, 1889 | Addie's Sojourn
  2. amyarchivist
    Jul 21, 2016 @ 13:23:57

    You should publish her diary with added research & photos….

    Reply

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