Travel Photo (captions required)

Challenge #4 in the Travel and Sports series. Hosted by bikinchris.
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Tell a story about a place (you have traveled to) with a photo and a caption. Please note my example photo and caption from the Netherlands. Most popular wins. The image should show and explain something about the culture of the area.
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Eiffel Tower
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The Eiffel Tower in Paris France is world icon as it is almost mandatory to travel there if you go to France. It was originally built for the world fair in 1889. At one point it was the tallest building in the world and is now used today as one of the worlds greatest tourist attraction.
Submitted: Friday, 19th February, 2010 04:27 (GMT)
Taken: Tuesday, 11th August, 2009
Focal length: 18 mm
Shutter speed: 1/160 sec
Aperture: F13
ISO: 200
Notes: Lens flare completely natural.
Views: 228
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