10 Curious Facts about Paris
So what is it about Paris? The capital of France. City of love. The most romantic place in the world …
However, if you have decided to visit this fabulous city there are a few important things you should know about. I am going to mentions some very curious facts about the Paris, and i am sure that you will be quite interested to discover them on your own. So firstly, you need to know how to reach them.
Most of the city guests prefer to travel around Paris by taxi, not by subway. Especially one of the most popular among the tourist’s destinations is “Charles de Gaulle Airport – my hotel“. By the way, you can get your ride choosing the Top Paris Transfer, or you can choose the ride to any destination you need.
An Attention! In Paris, there are illegal taxi drivers. So pay your attention to the vehicle and the sign of a taxi. The easiest way is to find out a licensed vehicles is a sign “Taxi Parisien”, that is why choosing the right Taxi is so important in Paris.
Ready to explore Paris? Let`s start!
- The city of Paris was founded more than 2000 years ago, and today it is one of the most visited cities in the world – over 25 million tourists come to Paris during the year.
- In Paris, unlike other European capitals, drinking water from the tap is absolutely ok. An excellent water purification system in Paris is a pride of the citizens. You can even visit the original Paris Sewer Museum. I promise you will be impressed.
- Very popular “French baguette” – a long and narrow loaf is a real French invention. You will see many Parisians, heading home, work or just walking and carrying a fresh and tasty baguette. You need to get your “French baguette” to feel the atmosphere of the city!
- The oldest of the survived bridges across the Seine was built in Paris in the 16th century. Interestingly, that this construction is simply called the “The Pont Neuf” (French for ‘New Bridge’). At the time, due to the lack of a suitable name, it was logical to call it a “New”. By that time, there were already 4 bridges in Paris, but they have not survived to our time.
- The absolutely famous Louvre Museum in Paris was built in 1793, and today it is the most visited museum in the entire world – it welcomes more than 5 million people annually.
- For the first time in the world, a striptease was performed on the stage of the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret in Paris in 1983. A girl named Mona completely threw off her clothes during the beauty contest and she was eventually punished with a penalty in the amount of 100 francs for her indecent behavior.
- The first public transport route in the world appeared exactly in Paris – it happened on March 18, 1662, on the initiative of Blaise Pascal.
- Not many people know that the ancient name of Paris is “Lutetia” (Lutetia). The name of this ancient settlement was formed from the Latin word “Lutum”, which literally means a “mud”. It is believed that the city was founded by Celtic tribes, and later captured by the Gallo-Romans in 50 B.C
- Visiting Paris during World War II, Adolf Hitler was never able to reach the top of the Eiffel Tower. The citizens of the city intentionally disabled the elevator control. Since then, the expression “Hitler conquered France, but never conquered the Eiffel Tower” became popular!
- Watch out! The Eiffel Tower is number one in the list of the most disappointing tourist attractions. Most of the tourists sharing their experience on visiting Paris in social media say, that Eiffel Tower is the most crowded Paris location and the best way to see the Tower is from the far distance and while its glittering.