And what souvenir did you bring me?
The unwholesome marriage of tourism and sex toys has very ancient origins. In example, in the third century before Christ travelers braved the Aegean seas to reach the city of Miletus, whose entire economy was based on the manufacture and sale ofolisboi – expertly crafted wooden phalluses with a leather cover. In 1890 ethnographers feigned amazement at the existence of an exotic flourishing market of single and double-ended ivory and wood penises in Zanzibar, and in our days and age way too many funny chaps reach the most remote areas of Newfoundland just to get their photo next to the infamous road sign pointing to the city of Dildo.
Sebastien Lecca, a French-Peruvian artist, exploited this senseless fascination creating one of the fastest selling souvenirs in Paris. La tour est folle is a soft plastic “interpretation” of the Frenchest of symbols, which according to its official literature is produced near Lyon by the same factory that delivers hundreds of thousand of Barbiedolls to the European market. The hollow Tour can be used as it is, or housing a vibrator for added effect. The €40 price tag sets it firmly in the “tourist trap” category, if you ask me.