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"FRANCE - Paris" Europe Things to Do Tip by Mikebond

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  Notre-Dame de Paris
by Mikebond

Paris is the capital city of France. Although it is located in the North of the country, it plays a central role in everything, including transport systems (motorways and railways).
The city itself has some 2 million inhabitants, but if all the new towns which were built all around it are taken into account, the number grows to more than 9 million.
With France always leading the ranking of touristic destinations, Paris is probably the most visited city in the world, and the Tour Eiffel the most photographed monument.

There are many reasons why you should visit Paris:
1) history: since France has always been a centralized country, all the great facts of its history happened in Paris. Just think of the Roi Soleil, Louis XIV, the French Revolution, the 1889 International Expo when the Tour Eiffel was built...
2) architecture: the Sainte-Chapelle is a unique church, but all the architecture you will see in Paris is stunning, including the newest quarters of La Défense and La Villette;
3) art: if you like art, you cannot help visiting Paris. There are so many museums and art galleries! The Louvre is the biggest museum in Europe and one of the biggest in the world, but the Musée d'Orsay is very important for 19th-century art (especially impressionism). The Musée Marmottan is worth visiting for Monet's famous painting Impression. Soleil levant ("Impression. Rising sun"), from where the label "impressionism" was taken;
4) romance: Paris is said to be one of the most romantic cities in the world. I think this is quite true. Montmartre and the Père Lachaise cemetery are very romantic in my opinion.

To find out more about this city, visit my Paris page.

Address: Ile-de-France
Phone: code: 01 (from abroad: +33-1)

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  • Updated Feb 22, 2010
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