Eiffel Tower, Paris France – 1969

We’ve seen photos from the top of the Eiffel Tower before. But this is the first photo of the tower itself from our mystery photographer’s European travels.

Eiffel Tower

Vintage photo of the Eiffel Tower in Paris France from 1969

The tower was built in 1889 to be the entrance arch for the 1889 Exposition Universelle, a World’s Fair. It was derided as being ugly by many but has become one of the most visited monuments in the world. The tower was designed by Maurice Koechlin and Emile Nouguier with additions from Stephen Sauvestre. Gustave Eiffel purchased the design for his company and started construction in 1887.

The Eiffel Tower was an instant hit with the public though. Thirty Thousand visitors climbed 1,710 steps in the tower before the elevator lifts entered service on May 26th. When the exhibition ended, 1.8 million people had visited the tower. As of 2010, 250 million people visited the Eiffel Tower.

Grand Hotel de Bordeaux, Le Havre France – 1962

The Grand Hotel de Bordeaux was once in Le Havre, France. I am not able to find where this hotel was in Le Havre, but the Grand Hotel de Bordeaux looks to be in Bordeaux France now. I did a quick cruise to hotels around Le Havre in Google Maps but was not able to find it. Perhaps one of you dear readers may be able to pin point where this building is?

Grand Hotel de Bordeaux

Vintage photo of the Grand Hotel de Bordeaux in Le Havre, France from 1962.

Le Havre means simply “the port,” which aptly describes the port city located at the end of Seine River in the Normandy region of North West France. The city and port have both seen their share of trouble since it was founded in 1517. Wars ravaged the city all the way up until WWII, and it’s location on the Atlantic Ocean means it gets a few storms. The 1970’s saw a huge downturn in business to in Le Havre, but has seen quite a bit of development in the early part of the 21st Century. This includes an expansion of the container port, and the reintroduction of passenger ships.

Saint Tropez France, play ground of the rich and wealthy. Vintage photo from 1965

Saint Tropez France is a city on the south east coast of France. Ever since the Romans invaded in 31 BC, the town has been a location for the rich and famous to vacation at. Romans built opulent villas in the area. Pirates attack and ransacked the town during the 9th century. The Pope had a manor here in the 11th and 13th centuries. In an attempt to attract citizen Saint Tropez France was a tax free haven from 1436 to 1672.

The Spanish tried to visit in 1637 with a fleet of galleons, but the citizens of the city told them to go away. In the 1920’s the town really began to attract the rich and powerful, especially those in the fashion industry. American Soldiers came to visit during WWII and had an amazing party called Operation Dragoon that literally rocked the town. And then Brigitte Bardot made a little film there, sealing the cities fate as a party town.

Saint Tropez France

Saint Tropez France, play ground of the rich and wealthy. Not to mention the hottest nude beck. Vintage photo from 1965

The introduction of the “monokini” by Rudi Gernrecch, Austrian fashion designer, eventually led to Saint Tropez’s “Tahitian Beach” becoming an public clothing optional beach. Many other private beaches in the area emulate this rule.

Most travel sites seem to omit this fact, instead focusing on the cities’ expensive night life, amazing cuisine, world famous hotels, and open air antique shopping.

La Tour Eiffel – 1969

From an unknown date, two slides labeled “La Tour Eiffel.” Unfortunately the view is FROM the Eiffel tower, not OF the Eiffel Tower. Of course, I hear that the owners of the tower like to sue people who post pictures of it. So I’m probably better off posting the FROM pictures instead of the OF pictures.

The view from the top

Tour Boat in the Seine

But we have an great view. There are several interesting boats in the Siene River, mostly tourist boats it looks like but a few pleasure craft. The vehicles down by the river bank look pretty interesting, I have to worry if that actually is a road there or not.

The weird shaped building with the curved corners is the Paris Museum of Modern Art