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Paris was built on the coast of the Seine two millennia ago and from that moment on it has been considered to be one of the most important commercial, cultural and scientific centres in the world. There are many beautiful and fascinating cities in the world and yet not one of them can boast to have the same magnetism as the capital of France.

Even though most tourists think that the reason why Paris became so famous and fashionable is its Elysian Fields, the Eiffel Tower, Louvre and the Notre-Dame Cathedral, magnitudes of other things can be found here.

Paris became the capital of France in the year 508. The Seine divides the city into two separate parts, connects it to Burgundy and escapes through the English Channel. This river was the most important factor in building and developing the city.

The River Seine
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  The River Seine

The world-famous icon of Paris – the Eiffel Tower – was only built in the period between 1887 and 1889. Up until 1930 it was the tallest building in the world with a height of 301 meters. Interestingly, it is forbidden to take pictures of the Eiffel Tower at night, because its illumination is considered to be a separate work of art, which can only be photographed by those who were given the permission to do so.

Paris is called “The City of Light” not just because it was one of the first to adopt gas street lighting, but also because of the intelligentsia that lived there.

The largest number of tourists visits Paris during the warmest months of the year – July and August. For this reason, we recommend you come here during autumn. That way you’ll be able to visit all of the tourist attractions you want, avoid long queues, and always find an empty table in the park or at a café. September brings not just excellent weather and colourful leaves, but also interesting events.

The Louvre Pyramid, Paris
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  The Louvre Pyramid, Paris

Furthermore, spring and autumn bring the most discounts in supermarkets, hotels, entertainment centres and even cafés. During this time, entrance to most of the capital’s museums is free.

Don’t be surprised if a question posed in English will yield an answer in French – French people are infamous for their exaggerated love for their mother tongue. On the other hand, they dislike English for historical reasons, so be patient and forgiving. This situation is not helped by the fact that every year Paris is visited by 25 million tourists, most of whom try to get by with nothing but English.

There’s a joke that Paris has more dogs than children. You will probably notice that there are people having dinner together with their dogs in every restaurant and café of Paris.

The first ever striptease took place in Paris. During a beauty contest that took place in 1893 in the Moulin Rouge – which is open to this day – a young girl named Mona took off all her clothes. The organizers of the contest were shocked and gave her a fine of 100 francs. The public, however, was very pleased with the dance, and that lead to the increase in the number of shows involving undressing. The Moulin Rouge has remained one of the most famous places of Paris’s night life to this day. Here you can see many concerts and costume performances.

The Cabaret Moulin Rouge, Paris
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  The Cabaret Moulin Rouge, Paris

The oldest bridge over the River Seine is called the New Bridge (Pont Neuf), while the most popular place in Paris is not the Eiffel Tower (visited by 5.5 million people each year) or the Louvre (about 5 million visitors), but Disneyland, which is visited by over 13 million tourists per year.

Getting lost in Paris is not an easy task as its public transport system is extremely well developed. The Paris metro system is one of the densest metro systems in the world – wherever you are, a metro station is no more than half a kilometre away.

When travelling to the capital of France, watch out for “Paris syndrome” – a psychological ailment, mostly seen in Japanese tourists. It can cause depression, dizziness and even hallucinations. Its cause – the discrepancy between the “perfect” Paris depicted in movies and magazines, and the actual realities of the city.

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