Paris is… well, Paris. I spent a week exploring the city with a camera in one hand and a map in the other, slowly but surely falling in love with the aristocratic metropolis. It is quite unlike anywhere else, and after seven days there in July, I feel as though I have hardly brushed the surface of the city of love.
“Paris was a universe whole and entire unto herself, hollowed and fashioned by history… as vast and indestructible as nature itself”
Paris wasn’t always called Paris. In the 3rd century B.C., when it was a Roman city, Paris was known as Lutetia.
During World War II, the French Resistance cut the elevator cables to the Eiffel Tower to keep Hitler from visiting it during his time in France after Paris fell. Apparently the prospect of climbing 1500+ stairs did not appeal to him.
The name Paris isn’t quite as original as you may think; there are actually 38 cities called Paris across the globe.
The famous blue door of Montmartre where Vincent van Gogh lived
Paris earned the nickname, ‘the City of Lights’, but contrary to popular opinion, this has nothing to do with illumination. Rather, ‘lights’ alludes to the intellectuals, specifically the many writers and academics drawn to the city.
Parisian flower markets
Every year in Paris, around a dozen Japanese tourists must return to Japan after being diagnosed with ‘Paris Syndrome‘ i.e. being completely unprepared for the reality of Paris not being as great as expected. These tourists are usually women in their 30s who are on their first overseas trip.
Paris has a network of ghost metro stations that no one uses because lines were either rerouted or simply fell out of use.
A painted house on Rue Crémieux
After a decision made by the Paris municipal government, Tom Cruise may never become an honorary citizen of the city owing to his views on scientology.
Statues adorning the exterior of Notre Dame
The last public execution held in Paris was in 1939.
The Artist’s Square in Montmartre
There are more dogs in Paris than there are people.
There is only one stop sign in Paris.
The beautiful Rue Crémieux
There is a law that buildings shall not exceed 6 storeys in Paris. This is so that all can have access to sunshine.
The Rose Window of Notre Dame
The main bell in the Notre Dame Cathedral has a name: Emmanuel.
There is a Statue of Liberty in Paris that faces the Statue of Liberty in New York City, representing the bond between the two cities.
Fluctuat Ner Mergitur is the motto of Paris, translating from Latin to, “Tossed But Not Sunk”, referring to a ship. I think that’s kind of beautiful.
All the trees in Paris are measured and referenced. Bonus fact: there are 470,000 of them 🌳
On average, 10 films or commercials shoot in Paris every day.
Before the Nazi armies invaded Paris during World War II, the art collection at the Louvre was secretly distributed amongst wealthy French citizens to protect it.
Mais attendez! Don’t forget to read Revue de CitiX60 Guides: Paris, for a selection of things to do in the City of Love that extend beyond the generic tourist traps. Au revoir!
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