My Uncle Eddie pointed up… that’s the World Trade Center? Where I asked?
Two cranes of the neck later and there it was, touching the clouds. I was dumbstruck.
As the French announce the reopening of the Eiffel Tower https://www.toureiffel.paris/en/news on June 25 here are my five top tall towers.
The Eiffel Tower, Paris: The best things in life are worth waiting for.
And when the rigging was up around the Eiffel Tower when me and my buddies visited France post-school I missed out.
I never imagined that it would take another 30 years before I would get another chance.
It was made all the better because ma famille was with me. Bravo! See https://en.parisinfo.com.
Up, up and away
The Twin Towers, New York: You always remember your first time… an ear-popping experience at the top of the World Trade Center.
They say in NY that you can always tell who the tourists are because they’re the ones looking up.
True! But equally thrilling is looking down at the specks of people and the moving yellow taxis.
NY has an abundance of iconic buildings but the Twin Towers will always be magical.
Today you can visit One World Trade Center https://www.wtc.com/about/buildings/1-world-trade-center. And also check out www.nycvb.com and https://www.google.ie/amp/s/jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2020/03/28/old-new-york-hamilton/amp/.
The CN Tower, Toronto, Canada:
The CN https://www.cntower.ca/en-ca/home.html was taller though at the time.
And as luck would have it my brother was living up there at the time.
We didn’t get to eat at the revolving 360 restaurant but you always need to leave yourself with something to come back for.
Astronomical Clock, Prague: Not the tallest tower, of course, but the Astronomical Clock should also be seen from the inside too.
Where one American loudmouth kid got more than he bargained for.
As our guide shot back at him that her city had been bombed.
One Liberty, Philadelphia: The cityscape of Philly reveals this buzzing metropolis in its best light.
But it is as much the story behind One Liberty that is as enthralling.
It revolves around the Curse of Billy Penn.
Which was placed on Philly’s Big Four Teams after One Liberty Hall was built, higher than the-then tallest building which houses a statue of the founder of Pennsylvania.
Only one thing for it, put Billy back in his rightful spot on a beam on the Comcast Building, higher than anybody in Philly.
He approved and the tams started winning again. And I saw all their achievements in an exhibition too.