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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

How to draw the Eiffel Tower

How fun is this – Learn how to draw the Eiffel Tower!! One of my friends emailed me this to me earlier in the week (yes, she still loves me even though knows of my all-things-French obsession).

The printable version can be found here, where you are given a step-by-step drawing demonstration including a nifty colour code – “Follow the red lines in each illustration to learn exactly what to draw in that step. The lines drawn in previous steps are shown in gray.”

Give it a go!

1. Draw a Triangle
Draw a large triangle and split it in two vertically with another line. Add a long horizontal line near the bottom of the triangle for the ground.

2. Lines and Rectangles
Draw three sets of horizontal lines as shown. Add a small arch near the top of the triangle. Shape the tower with three sets of slightly angled lines. Add a set of vertical lines to both of the lower horizontal tiers to create rectangles.

3. Connect the Lines
Draw two vertical lines under the arch. Connect them at the top with a horizontal line. Add a second line to each of the slightly bent lines as shown. Draw an upside-down Y in the top tier with double lines. Divide the rectangle near the center of the tower with a double horizontal line and a single horizontal line.

Connect the upper double horizontal line to the line above it with an angled line. Add two short vertical lines to the single horizontal lines to connect them to the lines below. Continue double lines below the second horizontal tier. Draw double angled lines below the third horizontal tier. Use curly lines to add shrubs.

4. Supports
Draw many sets of double horizontal lines for the supports. Add several diagonal lines below the upper part of the tower. Detail the two lowest rectangles with short double horizontal lines. Outline the lowest rectangle. Add more shrubs with curly lines.

5. Details
Draw double X-shaped figures in all the rectangles created by the previous step. Shade the horizontal tiers with diagonal lines. Add double bent lines to the curve at the bottom of the tower and to the area above it.

By the Editors of Publications International, Ltd.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Le Mont St Michel

One of the most intruiging places on earth and also one of the most photographed, Le Mont St Michel rises into view across surrounding paddocks. Accessed by a causeway only at low tide, the Mont is home of approximately 40 inhabitants and visited by millions of tourists.

The abbey at the top of the mount is well worth the hike, especially so considering the monks who built it (starting in the 8th century) also had to contend with the fickle tides.

But, don't forget to check out the shops and restaurants along the way on both sides of the narrow steep alleys on the way up to the Abbey!

Friday, July 2, 2010


How friggin cool is this ... Thanks to Michael Kors, I can get merchandise emblazoned with my initials and I don't have to "special order" it!
Downside is, I still have to pay for it!!

Watches ...

Handbags ...

Shoes ...

And ...


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