Wherever you go on your various travels, whether its Paris France, or Paris Texas, you will have a few mandatory “must see” sites in the back of your mind. You might even be organised enough to have a Clarke Griswald-esque checklist. Either way, you’re not leaving the place until you see them, and at least mentally check them off.
You know the drill, whether your stay is for one day or ten, the itinerary is bound to evolve around squatting before certain statues, ruins or monuments, waiting for the right light, and hoping those darn tourists move a little to the right before you go “snap”.
So what do you do when you finally arrive at that famous structure, the image of which has been ingrained in your brain since childhood, only to find it is covered in scaffolding?
Personally I believe this to be some sort of world-wide conspiracy, and I blame local and international tourism authorities. Think about it – you travel across the world to see the Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty, The Coliseum or The Great Sphinx of Giza, only to find that it is so overwhelmed by restoration its not even worth looking at, let alone recording the moment via still image or video. So what do you do? Do you say “Oh well, no matter, better luck next time”? Or are you more likely to return another time in the future, use your hard earned cash and holiday time to once again attempt to add that elusive “tick”?
The conspiracy theory suggests the latter – and once again you will stay in their hotels, eat in their restaurants, and give handfuls of useless zingbats to the local beggars, ploughing thousands of dollars into the pockets of stakeholders such as airlines, hotel chains and eateries.
The conclusive (ok maybe suggestive) proof that this is true has been captured in those crappy photos you reluctantly took at The Tower of London, The Kremlin or The Leaning Tower of Pisa. If you look very closely, you will notice that there is something missing amongst the layers of scaffolding – workers. That’s because the presence of workers would mean actual work, and work must be completed at some point.
However without workers, and work, the scaffolding can remain indefinitely.