Paris is the capital of France. It is often referred to as a romantic city, ideal for lovers. It has plenty of opportunities for people who want to try coliving -- which is all the more important as Paris can be expensive to live in. It is a multicultural city with people of almost all nationalities living there. French is the main language spoken, so if you speak some, you will be welcomed.
Paris has been inhabited since 7600 BC, so it has a very long history. It was built on the banks of the River Seine and it now stretches from the Île de la Cité to well beyond the river’s banks. It’s 375 kilometres from the mouth of the Seine in the English Channel or La Manche as it is called in French.
In the Enlightenment the city was known as ‘The City of Light’ (“la Ville Lumière”). This remains an appropriate name as the city is an important place for intellectuals and education.
It was the Parisii tribe which gave Paris its name. It was the capital of France under the reign of Clovis I.
The Left Bank area of the Seine, Rive Gauche, is the centres of intellectual learning, while the Right Bank area, Rive Droit, is the centre of the economic life in the city.
Paris has a plethora of green spaces and is pleasant to stroll around. The most famous of these are the Bois de Boulogne and the Bois de Vincennes.
In the 20th and beginning of the 21st century, new parks were created under the Mayor, Jacques Chirac, who was the President of France between 1995 and 2007.
It is almost obligatory to visit the Louvre, the world-famous museum and art gallery. This is where Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of the Mona Lisa is housed.
Another very famous Parisian landmark is the Eiffel Tour built by Gustave Eiffel in 1889.The views are spectacular from the top.
Facts about Paris include:
• The Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile, situated at the Champs Élysées’s western end, is perhaps the most famous Parisian monument. It was built to commemorate Napoleon’s victories.
• The Champs Élysées is Paris’s most famous avenue in the 8th arrondissement (district) of Paris. It is essentially a great place for shopaholics. It’s almost 2 miles long (1.9 kilometres) and 230 feet (70 metres) wide.
• Avoid going to Paris during the third week in November, unless you love wine and don’t drive there. This is the week of Beaujolais Nouveau.
• Visit the 17th century Tuileries Gardens, and don’t miss the white 18th century, domed church of Sacré-Cœur, completed in 1914.