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selecttraveler.com 39 J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 1 6 MORE THAN THE LOUVRE. More than the Arc de Triomphe. More than the Mona Lisa. More than perhaps anything in the City of Light, the Eiff el Tower says "Paris." It's a touch ironic then that what was intended to be a temporary installation has become one Paris's most enduring and iconic attractions. Since its inauguration, nearly 250 million people have visited the tower. Today, the monument gets about 7 million visitors a year, and nearly three-quarters of them come from around the globe, making it the most-visited paid attraction in the world, according to the or- ganization that operates it. e tower was built for the 1889 International Exposition of Paris to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the storming of the Bas- tille, which marked the beginning of the French Revolution. Gustave Eiff el and his architecture company were already well known for their impressive ironwork and metal construction — Eiff el oversaw the internal construction of the Statue of Liberty from 1879 until its completion in 1883 — when exposition organizers chose Eiff el's entry for the International Exposition. e Eiff el Tower stands 1,063 feet tall with three levels open to visitors, including restaurants on the fi rst and second levels. e fi rst fl oor reopened in 2014 after a refurbishment project that installed a transparent fl oor 187 feet above the ground. W W W . T O U R E I F F E L . P A R I S UNLIKE MOST NFL TEAMS and their stadiums, the Green Bay Packers and Lambeau Field "are owned by the community; we don't have a billionaire owner," said Brenda Krainik, director of market- ing for the Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau. e 80,000-person stadium is the physical testament to the fans' sense of ownership, pride and community. "Lambeau Field is sacred to football fans," she said. "We learn that when we have so many tours that go through the stadium." e Classic Tour takes visitors to the atrium, a private suite and to fi eld level to walk through the players' tunnel, where they hear the sound of roaring fans and thumping game-day music as they walk onto the fi eld. e Championship Tour adds the south end zone with some of the best views of Lambeau Field, and groups of 20 or more can book tours in advance. e Packers Hall of Fame reopened in September with high- tech, interactive exhibits. In the circa 1960s re-creation of Vince Lombardi's offi ce, visitors can read digital versions of Lombardi's letters on a touch screen built into a large conference table. From late July through August, the public — including groups — can watch Packers training camp at Ray Nitschke Field and participate in a rich tradition; every day, a player chooses one child and rides that child's bike (or carries them both) to practice. A trolley that leaves from training camp will take groups on an hour-long tour of the Packers Heritage Trail, which features downtown sites signifi cant to the team. W W W . G R E E N B A Y . C O M ATTRACTIONS GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN PARIS, FRANCE Courtesy Greater Green Bay CVB Courtesy Société d'Exploitation de la tour Eiffe L A M B E A U F I E L D E I F F E L T O W E R B Y R A C H E L C A R T E R

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