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Alexandre Gustave Eiffel (December 15, 1832 – December 27, 1923; French pronunciation /EfEl/ in X-SAMPA, in English usually pronounced /ajfEl/) was a French engineer and entrepreneur, specialist of metallic structures.

Born in Dijon, Côte-d’Or, France, he is most famous for building the Eiffel Tower, built from 1887-1889 for the 1889 Universal Exposition in Paris, France. It is less well known that he designed the armature for the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, USA. He gained his expertise in construction by designing ironwork for bridges.

Gustave Eiffel also designed La Ruche in Paris, that would, like the Eiffel Tower, become a city landmark. A three-storey circular structure that looked more like a large beehive, it was created as a temporary structure for use as a wine rotunda at the Great Exposition of 1900.

Eiffel’s reputation suffered a severe setback when he was implicated in financial scandals round Ferdinand de Lesseps and the entrepreneurs backing the failed French Panama Canal project. Eiffel himself had no connection with the finances, and his guilty judgment was later reversed.

In his later years Eiffel began to study aerodynamics.

Eiffel died on December 27, 1923 in his mansion on Rue Rabelais in Paris and was interred in the Cimetière de Levallois-Perret, in Paris.

In English his surname is most often pronounced in the German fashion, rather than in the French fashion.

Famous buildings
Eiffel Tower
Statue of Liberty
Nice Observatory 


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What is it about the Fleur de Lis that is so intriguing that we want to decorate our homes and adorn our necklaces, key chains and purses with it? Perhaps it is it’s unmistakable look and beauty, its elusive, unusual looking three petal flower that exudes elegance and regal distinction.
Pronounced “Fluhr-duh-lee”, with its singular form: Fleur de Lis, and its plural: Fleurs de Lis, it is commonly capitalized and also acceptable when written in lower case letters. Translated from the French language to English, it means: “lily flower” (though some resources have stated that the actual symbol can signify a lily or an iris). It is primarily associated with the French monarchy. Its actual shape, however, has been documented in many ancient civilizations through artifacts, including the Egyptians. In Christianity, the Fleur de Lis has long been believed to signify the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is said that lilies sprang from the tears of Eve and The Virgin Mary. Back in time, murderers were said to have been marked with the Fleur de Lis. Today, the Fleur de Lis serves as a symbol of the Spanish monarchy. In France, though it has never been formally endorsed by any of the French republics, it continues to prominently remain in the public eye as a symbol of France. In the Untied States of America, the Fleur de Lis, is nowhere more visibly celebrated than New Orleans, Louisiana. It was first introduced there when the land was under French rule and dominated by French settlers. Today, it is proudly displayed by Louisiana inhabitants throughout the state and on the helmets of the New Orleans Saints NFL team. Nowadays, decorating a home or buying a “blingy” personal effect with the Fleur de Lis has never been easier! With its current popularity, this symbol is readily available in a wealth of items that can fit just about any price range- if you know where to shop! We know where to shop…MudPie Home Boutique!!

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350_project_200x177We are proud to announce that we have joined the 3/50 project. http://www.the350project.net/home.html This wonderful project encourages support for local independently owned  business. Check it out!

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