The Eiffel Tower Could Be Your Own Private Hotel for a Night — Here’s How

05/19/2016 at 04:44 PM ET

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The Eiffel Tower could soon be your next hotel stay…if you’re lucky.

The vacation rental site HomeAway is giving away one night’s stay in the Parisian landmark, they announced on Instagram. The first floor of the tower will be turned into a one bedroom luxury apartment that accommodates five people.

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The company’s CEO Brian Sharples told Mashable the timing was perfect for his company to approach Paris with the seemingly impossible idea. “Paris is promoting the Euro cup as well — this is a really big deal for them,” he said.

“And they want tourists to flock to Paris and feel comfortable in Paris and obviously there have been some incidents in Paris that would cause them to really want to promote their brand as well,” said Sharples of the November’s terrorist attacks in the city, which killed 130.

The only requirement for winning the apartment of a lifetime? Contestants just have to answer the question: “What would you do if the Eiffel Tower was all yours for the night?” And no pressure, but the answer has to fit in Twitter’s signature 140-character length.

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The prize also includes extra nights in Paris and full coverage of round trip expenses. In other words: peak vacation goals, people.

And the best part about the trip (you know, besides, the historical landmark-ness of it all)? Breakfast and dinner are included!

Marquaysa Battle, @MarquaysaBattle

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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This doesn’t really tell you how, but what would be nice to have a link etc.,

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