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Paris is the most romantic city of the world, and one you cannot help falling in love with. A haven for artists, musicians and fashion lovers, Paris is the capital and also the largest city in France. It is also considered as the fashion capital of the world and is a true reflection of France’s cosmopolitan culture. From the most famous Eiffel Tower to the numerous art galleries and museums, Paris is home to several places of interest that are a must see. Whether you visit Paris in the springtime, summer or winter, it is sure to charm you with its grandeur and magic.
History of Paris
Paris is home to over 12 million people, which is around 19% of France’s population. As the capital of the nation, the city is the center of all political, administrative and cultural activities in France. The city’s 2000 year old history tells you stories about how it was founded as a small Gallic settlement on an island in the Seine river, and expanded along the river banks to become one of the largest multi-cultural cities of the world.
After being ruled by kings from different dynasties for almost 200 years, Paris was the center stage for the French revolution and then the industrial revolution, which changed the city structure significantly. The city’s most famous landmark, the Eiffel Tower, was built as a part of the 1889 Universal Exposition, while the Paris Metro line was developed during the 1900 exposition.
Modern day Paris is home to a number of museums, monuments, palaces, and landmarks that speak volumes about the city’s iconic history. It is also an image that includes women in fashionable clothes, French poodles, rude waiters and lovers along the banks of Seine. But more than that, Paris is a cleaner, friendlier and even an affordable city that one can visit at any time of the year.
Sights and Attractions
For a wholesome Parisian experience, plan to stay at least 3 to 4 days in the city. Whether you are there to devour the art in the galleries, visit fashion shows or just tour and explore the city, a visit to the Eiffel Tower is a must. And a trip to the Louvre, which is one of the largest museums in the world and home to the famous Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo Da Vinci, is also a must. The museum also holds special exhibitions, live performances and lectures you can attend.
Other attractions in the city include the Notre Dame de Paris, which is a 12th-century cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, the Tuileries Gardens, the Champs-Élysées, the Catacombs, the Château de Versailles, and the Opera Garnier.
Food and travel
While you are there, enjoy the food and wine like the French do, in luxury and in leisure. Paris is one of the European culinary centers and home to numerous restaurants that serve delicious food at affordable prices. It also has a number of kosher restaurants. The city is well connected from all major destinations across the world, and is easily accessible by air, rail and also road transport.