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Continuing on our exploration of the must-visit Modernist architectural masterpieces to visit in and around Paris, today we’ll look at the Maison Louis Carré about forty minutes south west of Paris. Louis Carré was an art collector with a gallery in Paris. In 1956 he commissioned the Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto to build a villa for him, and what you can visit today is an incredible combination of architecture and design, Aalto’s only remaining work in France.


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The Paris-based company gourmet food company Fonbelle has a line of Parisian landmark-shaped pasta. So if you’re tired of penne or just missing Paris, you can now eat pasta in the shape of the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame cathedral with Pasta Paris. The company has a partnership with the Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel which explains its large range of Eiffel Tower-oriented products. 

Next, read about the Secrets of the Eiffel Tower.

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With a little planning and a Metro pass, fans of architect Le Corbusier can spend a full day in Paris visiting some of his most iconic works. Some are open for visits, others not, but all the ones listed below are easily visible and can all be seen in one day or two if you want to head out to the suburbs and add the iconic Villa Savoye to your list. Make sure you do the visits on a Saturday if you want to go inside Immeuble Molitor, Le Corbusier’s studio-apartment in Boulogne-Billancourt, just outside Paris.


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Big cities around the world boast impressive buildings and structures attracting many tourists eager to visit and experience the cities. Many like New York City also attracted (and continue to) immigrants who dreamed of opportunity. But there were others who would prey on the starry eyed and unsuspecting immigrants and tourists- con artists. Men like George Parker and Victor Lustig would become famous for “selling” famous city structures for upwards of $100,000. Here are some of those famous landmark scams spanning from New York, to Paris, and London(more…)

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This may not be the way Bangalore software professional M.R. Sreenivasulu intended to become famous, but his miniature architectural models, constructed from thousands of plastic pen refills, have become so famous, his version of the Taj Mahal made it to the India Book of Records for “A Structure by Most Used Pen Refills” in 2012. In fact, he’s been building model landmarks since 2007, collecting pen refills as part of a “Say No to Plastic” campaign he launched. In total, he’s used eight kilograms of pen refills to build the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Space Needle from Seattle, Sydney Harbor Bridge, Charminar in India, and the Gateway of India.