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Paris – Capital of France – City of Love and Lights, even some call it the City of Freedom, is the most popular city of France.
It’s a beautiful city, that should be in everyone’s “To-DO” Life list.
It’s 2000 years old city. So, there is a lot of History.
Population of 2,148,271 residents (by1 January 2020)
Area of 105 square kilometers (41 square miles).
The City of Paris is the center and seat of government of the Île-de-France – Paris Region, with a population of 12,278,210 (by January 2020), or about 18 percent of the population of France.
The Paris Region had a Gross domestic product of €709 billion ($808 billion) in 2017.
Additionally, Paris is the second most expensive city in the world, after Singapore, and ahead of Zürich, Hong Kong, Oslo, and Geneva. So, it’s expensive to live in Paris.
Paris is a major railway, highway, and air-transport hub served by two international airports: Paris-Charles de Gaulle, which is the second busiest airport in Europe, and Paris-Orly, which is opened in 1900, the city’s subway system, the Paris Métro, serves 5.23 million passengers daily. Therefore, Paris Metro is the second busiest metro system in Europe after the Moscow Metro.
Paris received 24.5 million visitors in 2018. So, after Bangkok, is the second most visited travel destination in the world in 2018
There is a lot more to be told about Paris – The City of Love and Lights, but the best is to visit the city itself.
So if you are about to go to Paris, here are some:
THINGS TO DO AND NOT TO DO IN PARIS
- Don’t: Shop exclusively on the Champs-Elysées – Instead: Follow in the Well-Heeled Footsteps of Locals
- Don’t: Blow Your Budget on a Michelin-Starred Dinner – Instead: Go for Evening Meals at Laid-Back Modern Bistros
- Don’t: Expect to See Everything at the Louvre – Instead: Split Your Time Between the Louvre and Smaller Museums
- Don’t: Commit a Fashion Faux Pas – Instead: Dress as the Locals Do
- Don’t: Get Around Town in a Cab or Electric Scooter – Instead: Take to Heart the French Word Flâner
- Don’t: Seek Out Bohemian Ambience on the Left Bank – Instead: Find the “Real” Paris on the Canal St. Martin
- Don’t: Spend Hours at the Eiffel Tower – Instead: Find a View and Shorter Lines
- Don’t: Book the Cheapest Hotel – Instead: Book a Boutique Hotel or Furnished Apartment
- Don’t: Fill Up on Croissants – Instead: Save Room for a Variety of Sweet Treats
- Don’t: Buy Into Stereotypes – Instead: Be Mindful of Your Manners
10 Interesting Facts About Paris
- The Eiffel Tower was supposed to be a temporary installation, intended to stand for 20 years after being built for the 1889 World Fair.
- Paris was originally a Roman city called “Lutetia.”
- It’s believed that Paris only has one stop sign in the entire city.
- A flat in Paris was left unoccupied under lock and key for 70 years, but the rent was paid every month; when the renter passed away, a painting by Boldini valued at more than $2 million was found inside.
- There are at least three replicas of the Statue of Liberty in Paris. The most famous of them exists on an island in the middle of the Seine and looks towards her sister statue in New York.
- The main bell of the Notre Dame Cathedral is named Emmanuel and weighs over 13 tonnes.
- There are 6,100 rues – or streets – in Paris; the shortest one, Rue des Degrés, is just 5.75 meters long and can be found in the 2nd arrondissement.
- The French army was the first to use camouflage, which comes from the French verb “to make up for the stage.” The army began wearing camouflage in 1915 during World War I.
- The first public screening of a movie was by French brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière in December 1895. They used their invention “the cinématographe” to show 10 films of about 50 seconds each.
- Visitors to the Eiffel Tower have to climb 1,665 steps to reach the top – unless they take the elevator! There are a mere 270 steps to reach the Basilica of the Sacré Cœur.