The 31st March marks the 125th anniversary of the world's most visited paid-for tourist attraction completion of the Eiffel Tower.
Let's explore some stuff surprising us at some of the quirky things we've unearthed in its history:
1.The Eiffel Tower was built in two years, two months, and five days—a record back in the late 1880s. It was officially completed on March 31, 1889.
2. It was only supposed to last for 20 years. Gustave Eiffel had it built specifically to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution.
3.It hasn't always been brown. It was briefly painted yellow in 1889, and from 1954 to 1961, it was painted a brownish-red color.
4. In the late 1920s and early 1930s, the Eiffel Tower acted as a billboard—three of its sides held advertisements for Citroën automobiles. No other brand has ever used the monument as an advertising medium.
5.The French originally hated it. A number of high-profile creatives and architects signed a petition to protest the tower during its construction. They called the tower "useless" and "monstrous."
6.It played a crucial role in the First World War, during the Battle of the Marne in 1914. Signals would actually be sent out from the top of the tower, directing the French troops to the front line.
7. In 1889, the French newspaper Le Figaro actually set up a printing press on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower.
8.The Eiffel Tower shrinks. Seriously, it's been measured. In the winter it is approximately four to eight inches shorter.
9.Welcoming around seven million visitors each year, it's the most visited monument in the world that you have to pay for. (The Empire State Building only draws around 3.5 million visitors each year).
10. Every night, every hour on the hour the tower is covered in golden lights and will sparkles for five whole minutes while the Eiffel Tower’s beam lights up the city. The best place to see the light show is from is Place du Trocadéro.
Positive beginning of the day is truly the best guaranty to spend the whole day in a good mood..
Let me share some of my tips about taking a really good start...
Here's the list of what I religiously do in the mornings..
I always start my mornings giving a warm smile to a new day..
Right after I get up,I drink a cup of water.. Having a glass of water when getting up is a really good idea, I think it has more to do with hydration than with just digestion. You need good hydration for your whole body to function properly, including your digestive system. If you don’t get enough fluids, the first organ to suffer will be your skin (dry, itchy skin) so when that happens, make sure to drink more.Imagine not drinking any water, tea, or any other liquids for the next eight hours.Well, that’s essentially what you do while you sleep. While you sleep, your body slowly becomes dehydrated because it needs fluid to operate. Naturally, you don’t drink water while you sleep because, well, you’re sleeping!
Here are five solid reasons to drink a big glass of water right when you wake up.
It fires up your metabolism. Drinking a large, cool glass of water after you wake up has been shown to fire up your metabolism by a whopping 24% for 90 minutes!
You’re dehydrated when you wake up. You just went 7-8 hours without drinking any water! Even if your body isn’t telling you that it’s thirsty, it probably is.
Water helps your body flush out toxins. “Your kidneys do an amazing job of cleansing and ridding your body of toxins as long as your intake of fluids is adequate”, according to Kenneth Ellner, an Atlanta-based dermatologist. Getting fluids into your body right after your wake up will help your body flush out toxins first thing in the morning.
Your brain tissue is 75% water. When you’re not properly hydrated, your brain operates on less fuel, and you can feel drained, or experience fatigue or mood fluctuations.
You’ll eat less. One study showed that people who drink a glass of water before every meal lost 4.5 pounds over a three-month period, because “it fills up the stomach with a substance that has zero calories”, and people “feel full as a result”. Especially after I’ve eaten a big breakfast, drinking a lot of water in the morning has also helped me avoid the temptation of snacking before lunch.
Your body is 72% water, and you don’t have enough water in you when you wake up. Drinking a big glass of water first thing in the morning is a great way to rehydrate, and start kicking ass from the moment you wake up.
Take your time to do morning exercises every day..
It really keeps you energized all day long.Personally I feel dramatically different on days when I have and haven't exercised in the morning.This also "jump starts" your metabolism and keeps it elevated for hours.That means you're burning more calories all day long.. and that's a plus))Another benefit of being a morning exerciser is that exercising increases your productivity and gets your endorphins going. You will be more awake and ready to tackle your day by giving yourself that extra energy boost. Working out can increase your mental clarity for four to 10 hours post-exercise.Here're just the simple exercises to start your day with every morning:
Never skip breakfast..
Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Not only does it give you energy to start a new day, but breakfast is linked to many health benefits, including weight control and improved performance.
Studies show that eating a healthy breakfast can help give you:
A more nutritionally complete diet, higher in nutrients, vitamins and minerals
Improved concentration and performance in the classroom or the boardroom
More strength and endurance to engage in physical activity
Lower cholesterol levels
All you need is just to make a simple toast+jam combination,or just eat any fruit,drink a cup of smoothie.Yogurt,oatmeal,tea,honey are just those health friendly meals that you can afford every day.
Music...When you start your day with beautiful motivating music,nothing and no one can make you sad.
Let's enjoy this brilliant song for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.The music video was directed by Grigor Gasparyan, the actors being Diana Malenko and Vahag Martirosyan. The music of Not Alone was written by Aram himself, while the author of the lyrics is Aram’s best friend Garik Papoyan.The message of the song is: “You should never give up and always fight for love. One kiss can change everything.”
I'm just floating away.. the lyrics..the voice..music.. Adorable..
Here's one more opportunity to enjoy this talented artist performing the beautiful cover of the winning song of last year's Eurovision Song contest .
Now,let's take a look at Aram's background..
Aram Sargsyan (Armenian: Արամ Սարգսյան; born 5 April 1984), better known by his stage name Aram Mp3 (Արամ Mp3), is an Armenian singer-songwriter, comedian, showman and actor. He will represent Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen,Denmark.
Aram Sargsyan was born in Armenia's capital Yerevan. He attended the Yerevan State Medical University and graduated in 2006. During his study at the YSMU, he played in the КВН comedy show, first among Armenian universities and later in the Armenian teamArarat in Moscow.
In 2006, Aram joined several other comedians—largely unknown to the public—to form 32 Atam (32 Teeth) stand-up comedy show. During his first years in 32 Atam he often performed humorous covers of popular songs earning the nickname "Aram Mp3", referring the common audio format MP3.
In 2007 he became the winner of Armenian First Channel's 2 Astgh (2 Stars) program.
During this time Aram started to perform live in jazz and blues clubs, record songs and shoot music videos. Famous TV formats such as X Factor, Armenian Idol, My Name Is...,Power Of 10 were hosted by him and brought him more fame. In 2010 Aram and his friends creating Vitamin Club.He has since also several shows in Armenia TV.
On 31 December 2013, Aram Mp3 was selected by Armenian First Channel to represent Armenia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Denmark. On 14 March 2014 it was announced that Aram will sing his "Not Alone" song in Copenhagen.Aram is married to Anna Margaryan since April 2008. Their son was born on June, 2011.
Welcoming Spring with this very Chic Shoe Trend... what could be better?... ))
This shoe is a fashion magic cluster of intellect, charm, chic, feminine and masculine rolled into one. The Oxford shoe originated in Ireland and Scotland and made it’s way into men’s wardrobes in the US, and only recently have become a typical part of the female wardrobe.
With the menswear trend in full effect this winter 2013/14 there is no denying that the oxford shoe is right there front and center. Oxford shoes are a classic staple for any fashionista’s closet, similar to the loafer, they capture that dapper, yet masculine feel, certainly ideal for pulling off the menswear trends this season. Many people think these boyish oxford shoes can only be worn with menswear style suits, and quite frankly, that is just not the case. There are many different ways to wear the classic oxford shoe, even with a girly twist by pairing with a skirt.
Oxfordsgive outfits an instant classy charm, and are perfect for geek-chic as well as masculine-chic.
The women’s Oxford is the perfect way to transition from winter’s wardrobe to the spring's wardrobe, and gives outfits a satisfying pulled together feel. Oxfords can be made very well with leather,also still be perfectly comfortable and nicely made with plastic or rubber soles.