The earliest discovered people to have resided in Paris are the Parisii, a sub-tribe of the Celtic Senones who are also considered as the founders of the city in the 3rd century BC.
Paris has a deep history that can be traced back during the reign of Julius Ceasar in 52 BC. Paris was first called Lutetia Parisiorum (Lutece). Parisians were perceived to be rebellious and independent as they fought their way through survival. Paris has a dark and violent past including the aftermath of World War II as well as other incidents. Just look at the city now, a true testament of the word magnificent.
Weather reports on television are not accurate sometimes, that’s why being adaptable is an important attribute all individuals must possess. Everyone of us will eventually deal with weather abnormality. On this hour the sun is up, after a few minutes, rain starts to pour. Adaptability is a must, if you want to enjoy your day despite the weather conditions.
Paris experiences all major seasons every year, Springs starts in March and ends in June, Summer begins in June up to September, Autumn occurs from September to December and Winter lasts from December to March.
The city mainly experiences a wet climate with mild and moderate rainfall due to its Western European oceanic climate. The lowest temperature drop is 5°C (41°F) in January and the highest temperature is 20°C (68°F) in July during the midst of summer.
According to online articles, the best time to visit Paris is from June to August, but travel experts also advise everyone to bring enough money to fully enjoy their stay in the City of Lights.
Activities & Outdoor Adventures:
There are so many things to do in Paris or La Ville Lumière (City of Light) and travelers may have a hard time choosing. Paris has many museums and tours all over the city to see all of the magnificent infrastructures and landmarks. To help you out, here are some of the best destinations and activities in Paris.
|Picasso National Museum||9:30AM - 6PM|
|Palais Garner||10AM - 4:30PM|
|Wego Walking Tours||9AM - 12:30PM|
|Versailles Express||8AM - 6PM|
|Rodin Museum||10AM - 5:45PM & 8:45 (Wed)|
|Derrière||12PM - 2:30PM, 8PM - 11:30PM|
|Musee d’Orsay||9:30AM - 6PM, 9:30AM - 9:45PM (Wed)|
|Disneyland Paris||10AM - 8:30PM, 10AM - 10PM (Sat&Sun)|
For more information regarding activities and destinations in Paris click here.
Travelers can choose whatever hotel they want to seek shelter in during their stay in Paris. The number 1 hotel in Paris according to Tripadvisor.com is the Maison Souquet, online reviews say that the hotel provides “A week of Luxury and Perfection.” Coming in second is the Le Bistrol Paris which people say to be more of a dream than a hotel, impressive. There are also many Bed and Breakfasts for a more homey stay, Maison d’ Anne stands out for its historic interior design.
There are so many more hotels and B&Bs in Paris, to help you decide where to stay click here.
Paris is famous for its landmarks, here are the main attractions which travelers are dying to visit.
This Iron Lattice Tower is a symbol for Paris, when people say Paris they immediately think about the Eiffel Tower. The 986 feet tower has been the center of attraction for Paris since the date of its opening on March 31, 1889 up to today. There are over 5 billions lights on the Eiffel Tower, the locals gave the nickname La Dame de Fer (the Iron Lady) to the tower.
Louvre Palace and Pyramid
Established in 1972, the Louvre has been the home of famous works of art including the Mona Lisa, Venue de Milo and more. With its unique pyramid shape design, the Louvre is without a doubt one of the best infrastructures ever created. The palace behind truly fits perfect with the pyramid as if they were somehow inter connected.
Notre Dame de Paris (Our Lady of Paris)
This one of a kind gothic cathedral was built way back in 1163, it has been an important infrastructure of the Catholic Religion for decades. Joan of Arc was beatified and canonized in this cathedral. The novel “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame” which was later turned into a movie was inspired by this cathedral. Notre Dame de Paris has been a witness as time passes by through its surroundings.
The Catacombs of Paris
Some people might be afraid to visit this attraction because of the skulls, but according to online reviews, the catacombs is considered to be a unique view and an important part of Paris’ past. This labyrinth attracts the attention of travelers all over the world with its interesting appearance and mystifying ambiance.
To view a top 10 list of famous Paris tourist attractions click here.
Marathon International de Paris (Paris Marathon)
One of the most anticipated sporting festivity is the annual Paris Marathon which spans over over 40 km and was established in 1976. Over 37,000 runners have been taking part of this rich tradition. The marathon starts in Champs-Elysees all the way to the Place de la Concorde. The first race winner was Len Hurst from England. The marathon is mostly held in the month of April, it would be an amazing experience to take part in this event or even better, to finish the entire marathon.
Tour de France
The first ever cyclist race took place in 1903 and the victor was Maurice Garin. The race started to increase paper sales for L’Auto punlication to beat its rival newspaper, Le Velo. After that, the tour de france took place every july and grew larger every year with spectators from all over the world. One reminder though, taking selfies with the cyclists is prohibited since this can cause harm and disruption to both the audience and cyclists.
Festival de Imaginaire (Festival of the Imagination)
This festival occurs from March to June to provide enough time for artists all over world to showcase their pieces of artwork and demonstrate their skills in the art scene. The festival also celebrates music with concerts, shows and lectures.
“No doubt Epicure is No. 1” – online review
Ranked as the best Paris restaurant on Tripadvisor.com, Chef Eric Frechon dedicated his life to perfecting gastronomy French cuisine to satisfy all of their customers. Online reviews described the restaurant to be “outstanding, super, superb,” the list goes on. Epicure is the “Defender of French Cuisine,” the preservation of their authentic cooking style is what kept the restaurant in serving delicious meals over the years. Epicure deserves more than a 5-star rating for their consistency and authenticity.
Tourist/ Traveler information:
- City Website URL: http://en.parisinfo.com/
- Contact number: +33 1 49 52 42 63 or +33 1 42 33 38 69
Paris really deserves to be one of the most well-known destination across the globe. After all of the struggles and tragedies, the City of Light still shines bright. In terms of art, cuisine, landmarks and culture, Paris stands out among most destinations because of their authenticity and unique features. Did you enjoy this Paris Review? Don’t forget to leave your comments below.