"Eiffel, Eiffel" - photo taken @ Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (December 2017) by Elena Mazzoni Wagner. | The painting on the right is "La Tour Eiffel" (1926) by Robert Delaunay.

PARIS without its Tour Eiffel. Impossible even to imagine, today. But if some French intellectuals would have won their battle, the Iron Lady (Dame de Fer) might have survived for maybe just twenty years or maybe less. The French originally hated it. If not all, certainly an important group of high-profile artists, thinkers and creatives who signed a petition to protest against the tower during its construction. They expressed all their hate towards this “useless” and “monstrous” monument with a love letter to their City of Lights (Ville Lumière) and finesse, published on Valentine’s Day 1887.

Casa Verdi by Eric Bachmann - 004

MILANO In 1896, the Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi founded Casa di Riposo per Musicisti: a home to host older musicians and opera singers, less lucky than him, people who had lived for Music and then found themselves penniless in their sunset years. Swiss photographer Eric Bachmann and German journalist Christian Kämmerling take us to inside this place.