The City of Love has an endless run of sights and activities to fill a traveller's time. Whether it is for a long weekend or a relaxing city break, the enchanting Parisian culture makes tourists want to stay just that little bit longer.
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The city of Paris was the largest in the Western world until the turn of the 18th century. Despite settlements dating back to 4500B.C, the French capital's history is most noteworthy for the French Revolution. The siege of the Bastille Fortress in 1789 started the revolution, after Parisians became appalled by the pressure from the King on the new assembly. July of 1789 saw the first mayor being elected, and gave way to the now iconic tricolour flag of red & blue (for Paris) and white (for the King).
It has now become one of the world's major cities, with one of the largest GDPs in the world. Built around the River Seine, it is the most populous city in France and acts as the leading tourist destination of the world. The annual Paris Fashion Week has gained it a place in the fashion hierarchy, along with the haute couture tailoring and high end boutiques.
There are of course the iconic landmarks such as the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame and the Musée du Louvre and of course the world famous Eiffel Tower. The famous landmark is named after engineer Gustave Eiffel whose firm designed and built the construction in 1889 as a temporary exhibit for the World Fair. It has long since stood the test of time and has daily endless queues to get to the top of the tower. Try and head up early evening to catch the sunset and see why the city earned its second nickname of The City of Light.
Representative of the city's nickname, the Pont des Arts pedestrian bridge is becoming a must-do experience while in the city. Couples are known to attach a padlock engraved with their names to the fencing, throwing the key into the River Seine below to signify their eternal love. Nearby is the Musée du Louvre, which gained museum status in 1793. The original Palais du Louvre was developed in the early 12th century as a fortress after Paris became a walled cathedral city.
Just out of the immediate centre is the famous cabaret house Moulin Rouge, which puts on nightly shows, as they have since 1889. Shows are known to sell out months in advance, so plan early for your trip if you want to experience the birth place of the Can-Can. This district - or arrondissement - of Paris is also home to Montmartre, most famous for the Sacré Cœur Basilica, which stands on top of the hill with stunning views over Paris.
Temperatures peak in July and August with an average daily maximum of 25 °C, while the driest months are February and March with average rainfalls of around 46 mm.
Last updated: 14 March 2014