The biggest Disney World fans are aware of the luxurious suite inside Cinderella's castle, but did you know that there's also a secret apartment at the top of the Eiffel Tower? Unlike the castle, however, entrepreneur Gustave Eiffel had this epic hideaway built just for himself — no guests allowed.
The Best View In Town
If we were to say where the best view in Europe is, the top of the Eiffel Tower would be a likely place. Imagine waking up in a cozy apartment with colorful wallpaper, wooden cabinets, and a grand piano. Then, see yourself sipping espresso and eating a croissant while gazing over Paris's cityscape from nearly 1,000 feet (305 meters) in the air — on top of the Eiffel Tower. We'd like to think that's exactly what Gustave Eiffel had in mind when he instructed his team to build the tower (and apartment) in 1889.
Writer Henri Girard declared that Eiffel's apartment was "furnished in the simple style dear to scientists," in contrast to the "wrought iron modernity and technological prowess" of the tower. As one might imagine, his enclave was the talk of the Parisian elite, and many requested to rent his space. Eiffel's apartment remained private, however, and he only entertained guests, such as Thomas Edison, on occasion. But what about now...do we have a chance?
Here's A Consolation Prize for You
In summer 2016, vacation rental company HomeAway converted a conference space inside the tower into an apartment. No, it's not the same, but it's still 188 feet (57 meters) above ground with two bedrooms, an urban greenhouse, and panoramic views of the Arc de Triomphe, the Sacre Coeur, and the Seine river from its floor to ceiling windows. Pretty sweet. Four contest winners already stayed in the space in July 2016, so we're keeping our ears open for more opportunities.
What about the apartment itself? While you still can't stay there, you can tour it. You'll even catch a peek of Eiffel and Edison mannequins having a chat. And maybe, just maybe, you can still sip an espresso, nibble on a croissant, and pretend you're one of Eiffel's bourgeois guests.
مجموعه لغات جدید در این متن
To be aware of: آگاه بودن از
Epic: حماسه، حماسی
If we were to: اگر قرار باشد که
Cozy: گرم و نرم
Gaze over:خیره شدن به
Cityscape: منظره شهر
Declare: اعلام کردن
Dear to:عزیز برای
Wrought:شکل داده شده
Enclave: فضای بسته کوچک
Was the talk of: شهره چیزی بودن
Elite: سرآمد، گلچین، از طبقه بالای اجتماعی
Consolation prize: جایزه برای نفر بازنده
Peek: زیرچشمی نگاه کردن
Mannequin:مانکن، مجسمه چوبی
Nibble on:گاز زدن
Bourgeois:عضو طبقه متوسط جامعه