Paris

The City of Lights

Paris, France’s capital, is situated on the banks of the River Seine with a population of over 12 million people. Her lights remain undimmed with an estimated 42 million visitors. ‘The city of romance’ her visuals are mesmerizing, sophisticated yet poised, from the Eiffel Tower to the petite cafes, the elegant French capital lives up to its glory. It is synonymous with art, an artist’s fantasy, architecture, a cultural hub, cutting edge fashion and food ‘the culinary capital of the world’ .  

Paris Travel Tips: Top things to do 

Adventure

  • Disneyland Paris
  • Fly over Paris in a Air Baloon
  • Sky Dive Indoors
  • See Paris by Helicopter
  • Thrilling Rollercoaster Rides
  • Water Ski on the Seine
  • Zip Down a MEGA Zip-Wire
  • A Virtual Reality Cinema Expreience

Culture: 

Most people associate French culture with Paris, which is a center of fashion, cuisine, art and architecture, but life outside of the City of Lights is very different and varies by region.

France doesn’t just have culture; the word “culture” actually comes from France. “‘Culture’ derives from the same French term, which in turn derives from the Latin colere, meaning to tend to the earth and grow, cultivation and nurture,” Cristina De Rossi, an anthropologist at Barnet and Southgate College in London, told Live Science.

Historically, French culture was influenced by Celtic and Gallo-Roman cultures as well as the Franks, a Germanic tribe. France was initially defined as the western area of Germany known as Rhineland but it later came to refer to a territory that was known as Gaul during the Iron Age and Roman era.

Sights

  • Eiffel Tower
  • The Louvre
  • Notre-Dame de Paris
  • Champs-Elysees
  • Palace of Versailles
  • Sacre- Coeur
  • Montmartre
  • Place de la Concorde
  • Musee d’ Orsay
  • Le Marais
  • Tuileries Garden

Notable Holidays and Festivals

  • Good Friday – last Friday in March
  • Easter Monday – first Monday in April
  • May Day – May 1st
  • Victory in Europe Day – May 8th
  • Ascension Day – May 10th
  • Whit Sunday – May 20th
  • Whit Monday – May21st
  • Bastille Day – July 14th
  • Assumption of Mary – August 15th
  • All Saints’ Day – November 1st
  • Armistice Day – November 11th
  • St Stephen’s Day – December 26th