When it officially opened, on this day in March 1899, the Eiffel Tower was the tallest building in the world. It kept that title until New York’s Chrysler Building stole it in 1930, though at 108 storeys high it still isn’t to be sniffed at.
The Eiffel Tower was built as the entrance arch to the 1889 World Fair, which was being held in Paris to mark the centennial celebration of the French Revolution. At the time, there was outrage about the tower - Parisians said it was an eyesore and ruined the skyline. It's now considered to be the most iconic structure in France, attracting well over six million visitors each year.
In honour of this landmark, mix up a Parisian Spring Punch this evening. It's a gloriously refreshing and thoroughly Frenchified combo of Calvados, citrus and champagne.