9 Fun Facts About Paris

One of the biggest things you get out of travel is the culture. Meeting people, trying new and exotic foods and embracing the manner and lifestyle of the place you visit all can make you feel like you’re part of the country rather than just a visitor.

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When you are an avid traveller, you make a point of embracing new places and one of the best types of break you can have is a city one. It’s more than paying for visas and travel insurance and packing your bags ready for an adventure. Travelling is about the memories and the experiences. You get to immerse yourself in the culture of a new place and city breaks really get you into the heart of the country you’re in.

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Paris is one such place that is dripping in history and culture. There’s so much about France that is more than just Paris and Disneyland, but Paris is the capital city and the cultural factor is huge. There is so much about the City of Love that many do not know, so we’ve put together ten facts about Paris you may not have known:

  1. Did you know that the famous Eiffel Tower was never supposed to be a permanent fixture in the city? It’s one of the most famous world icons that there is and it brings a massive amount of tourism to the city. Originally, the Tower was supposed to stand for twenty years. It was so popular, it’s still there now!
  2. It’s widely believed that Paris only has one stop sign. Is it true? Well, book yourself a trip to Paris and scout around to see if you can find more than one! The one that is widely known is situated at the 16th arrondissement.
  3. Notre Dame is one of Paris’ biggest monuments, and the bells are what makes it so popular. The largest bell in the towers is named Emmanuel and weighs a stunning 13 tonnes.
  4. The Eiffel Tower may not seem tall in the pictures, but it takes 1,665 steps to get to the top if you choose not to use the elevator provided. Who would choose not to use it, though?
  5. French people are famed for their taste, and Paris has over 400,000 trees, making nature a priority in such a city. Every tree in the city is referenced and measured for aesthetics!
  6. Coffee – and food – is a specialty of the French and there are nearly 200 places across the city you can get an espresso for just a Euro!
  7. Paris is lesser known for its shadow town under the southern part of the city. Underground tunnels and galleries are there for your exploration.
  8. You can define Parisians by which side of the Seine they hail from. Most northerners won’t venture south of the river, much like in London!
  9. Paris was originally a Roman city – and it had a much nicer name! Lutetia was what is was known as and the remains are currently buried underground.

There is so much to see in Paris, it’s easy to put together an itinerary and get exploring the city. The city of love, baguettes and art is a wonder that everyone should behold at least once.

 

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The Quick Paris Travel Guide

Paris is a great city, which has a little bit of everything. There is shopping aplenty, much history, culture, and it has a fine cuisine all throughout. It can be enjoyed through all times of year, though the Spring and Summer are the best times to visit as it can get quite cold during the winter months. You can visit it as quick weekend getaway or travel for a more permanent visit to ensure you can take in everything and see what you need to see. This guide can give you a quick overview so that you can check up on what the city has to offer, though further research is required for deeper knowledge basis and indeed recommended it you wanted to find out about the specifics of wider France. Enjoy your trip!

You can get to Paris in all manner of ways. Charles De Gaulle airport receives flights from the majority of countries in the world and the Paris train station and metro offer another great option. Driving can get a little chaotis, especially around rush hour, car parking in Paris can be easily done too, just so long as you book ahead in some way to ensure you get the places you want.

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The city is great for romance, with the eiffel tower the main attraction. Walks up it can be quite daunting, but there are many restaurants around so you can enjoy the sweet ambiance the tower provides.

For culture buffs, there is more than enough. Places of history and importance such as Notre Dame give a vivid look back into the history or Paris where places like the Louvre leave you stunned by the pictures and paintings of some of the best painters in the world. There are other museums too of course, yet the Louvre takes precedence due to its wonderful construction and glass facade.

There other points of interest, the arc de triomphe a harken back to days of Napoleon and French greatness. If you fancy some shopping then the champs-Elysees is a great place to take your partner to pick up a souvenir or two. There is something for everyone here, the Les Invalides offers another great museum for you to check out. There is also the mighty Paris St Germain football team, which you can go and watch at the parc des princes for a thrilling night or even day out. The are blotches of culture all throughout. The latin quarter is full of bistros, interesting stores and stalls with beautiful carved architecture dating back hundreds of years.

The place is great for youngsters too, as Disneyland Paris is a short ride away. The park is full of rides and entertainment, including shows and parades which will leave you happy and full of excitement. There are wonderful places to eat as well as constant entertainment for the little ones. There are all manner of rides too, so whether you like the super fast roller coasters or the slower rides it can be the great.

 

Finally visiting Moulin Rouge in Paris

I’ve been to Paris few times now…taking guests to places. Most of the time we end up going to the same usual spots that they want to see or we think they should see in Paris, like Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Louvre,….and more places depending on allowed time. Last visit to Paris was with my aunt from Baltimore, Maryland. It was her first visit to Europe and we decided to take her to Paris for a brief trip in a weekend. Although I am not a great fan of big cities, but Paris never fails to surprise me with its atmosphere and surroundings. But this time I was determined to go somewhere in that Romantic city where we never put our feet before. It was Moulin Rouge…the classic cabaret which was the birthplace of modern can-can dance.

Mouline Rouge, located in the Red-Light District, is not only a cabaret club, but also a popular tourist attraction in Paris. It was founded in 1889 and with its signature red wind-mill on the roof, soon the place became a hot spot for entertainment in whole Europe and then in the whole world. I was checking some tickets online for the shows in Moulin Rouge…they are usually more than 100 euros per person…not my cup of tea. But I did enjoy going there and finally get the chance to see this glittery place (although during the day-time…but oh well). So here is a picture of Moulin Rouge that I took during our visit…may be someday I will get to go inside and enjoy its true beauty and talented artists in a dim-lit room with hundreds of audiences. But for now, I guess I will be happy watching Nicole Kidman’s “Moulin Rouge” in my DVD player 😉

Moulin Rouge in Paris

Moulin Rouge in Paris

A day in the palace – Versailles, France

We went to Versailles in September of 2011. The trip was just for a weekend. We have been to Paris before but never went on top of Eiffel Tower. So, Saturday evening we went up to Eiffel Tower and Sunday we spent the whole day wandering around Versailles Palace inside and out. Versailles is not too far from Paris, may be an hour drive depending on the traffic. But it is worth spending a day looking few centuries back and feeling the luxurious lifestyle the kings and queens enjoyed once.

Just to give you a brief history on Versailles Palace, this was the center of political power in France from 1682 (when King Louis XIV moved here from Paris) to 1789 (when the royal family was forced to return to the capital). This palace is a symbol of absolute monarchy of Old Regime of France. This has been listed as an UNESCO World Heritage site for being one of the most beautiful achievements of 18th century French art.

Hope you will enjoy the pictures:

Statue near the main entrance of Versailles Palace

The palace contains more than 7500 paintings and drawings, and 5210 pieces of furniture

King’s Bedroom, which was created by Louis XIV and he lived here until his death in 1715

Queen Marie Antoinette’s Bedroom

Queen’s Guards Room

The staircase of Versailles Palace in France

Statues on the hall before entering King’s daughter’s apartment

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