So this post is our light-hearted view of Paris in France.It has some of the interesting stuff, a few trivial facts, and our thoughts on this enchanting city of love.
Let’s start with the Truths about ParisParis is the beautiful capital city of France, located in the Île-de-France region. It elegantly embraces the banks of the River Seine.
The LocationThe Three C's
The spectacular city of Paris just oozes charm and charisma. There are so many ancient sights to visit, museums to immerse yourself in, and the breath-taking skyline will win me over every day.
The first settlers in Paris were the Celtic Tribe, Parisii, who built a fortified settlement on the Île de la Cité; in the 3rd-century BC. The name Paris is derived from these inhabitants.
The imposing Arc de Triomphe, which stands on the Place Charles de Gaulle, was commissioned in 1806; however, it was not completed until 1836. It was built to honour those who fought and died in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. The magnificent Triumphal Arch has twelve avenues leading off, and within its vault lies the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
The incredible architecture, the grand squares and boulevards and the striking bridges ensured that the Banks of the Seine became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.
In 1682 Versailles became the de facto capital of France as Louis XIV transferred his seat of court to the Palace of Versailles.
The official centre of Paris, known as Kilometres Zero, is located in front of the main entrance to Notre-Dame cathedral.
Where's Paris in the world?
Paris Up Close
Paris is the perfect location for a mini-break. There is so much to see and do in this stunning city you’ll be returning time and time again; a few days is certainly not enough.
Paris is relatively flat, which makes it easily navigated on foot. In my opinion, strolling around is always the ideal way to discover a city, especially one like Paris. Paris has so many delightful squares, parks, gardens, and charming lanes to explore.
It’s good to talk
So what’s this Trivia then?Regarding Paris, with its alluring air of romance and overflowing culture of Parisian street-side cafés.
Did you know?
- Not only is Paris known as the “City of Love”, but it is also referred to as “The City of Light”. Paris was one of the first large European cities to be illuminated by gaslight. By the 1860s, 56,000 gas lamps were lining the elegant boulevards.
- Paris has hosted the Olympic Games in 1900, 1924 and 100 hundred years later, they will be hosting again in 2024.
- The highest hill in Paris is Montmartre which stands 427ft (130 metres) high.
- The Catacombs of Paris is an underground ossuary created to alleviate the cities overcrowding cemeteries. The ossuary holds the remains of more than six million people.
- Many global cities around the world are twinned with each other. Although in 1956, Paris and Rome chose to exclusively twin together.
- Every July, the Tour de France sees the final stage of this feat of endurance loop around the Avenue des Champs-Élysées.
- On the 28th December 1895, the movie industry was born in Paris, when the French brother’s Auguste and Louis Lumière presented the first public motion picture screening.
- The Musée du Louvre, located on the Right Bank of the Seine, is the most visited museum in the world. Not surprising, the Mona Lisa has an enigmatic look on her face.
It's famous for...
Food and drink
If you've yet to discover the beautiful architecture in Paris, and the pleasure of strolling along the River Seine at sunset, then you're in for a treat.
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See & Do
In the movies
Where we stayed
Value for Money
Our value for money index.
Don't forget we're Londoners, and that means our baseline is quite high.
After all, Paris is France’s capital city, it is always going to be a little pricey. If you’re on a budget, seek out the local side-streets away from the main tourist spots, and there are some great cafés and bistros to be found.
Some of Paris’s most magnificent can be experienced by ambling the historic lanes.
What to experience
- Like most cities of the world, the best way to discover the beating heart of a location is to don your comfy shoes and see where your soul takes you.
- Ensure you visit the Shakespeare and Company bookstore; you’ll never know what little treat you’ll find. I picked up a charming secondhand French/English dictionary.
- For more information on Paris, why not check out the Paris Info website.
Getting around town
What's it like discovering the city? Is it walkable? do you need to use public transport? did we leave with weary feet?
Janis's Hi's & Lo's
Gary's Hi's & Lo's
Now this is hard, it has to be the architecture, the food & drink and a certain 'je nais se quois'.
I enjoy sitting down in a cafe at the end of the day, enjoying a carafe of Vin rouge, reflecting on the experiences we've had. Add a touch of Edith Piaf, and I'm in heaven.
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