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Paris, France

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George & Audrey DeLange
August 1999.

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EARLY HISTORY OF PARIS:

Paris is more than 2,000 years old. The Gauls of the Parisii tribe settled there between 250 and 200 BC and founded a fishing village on an island in the river that is the present-day Ile de la Cité; which is the center around which Paris developed.

Paris was known as Lutetia (Lutece) in ancient times, Paris was conquered by Julius Caesar in 52 BC, and existed as a regional center under the Romans and in the early Middle Ages.

In 987, HUGH CAPET, Count of Paris, became king of France, and under his successors, the CAPETIANS, the city's position as the nation's capital became established.

Often characterized as spirited and rebellious, the people of Paris first declared themselves an independent commune under the leadership of Etienne Marcel in 1355-58. Then the storming of the Bastille in 1789 was the first of a series of key actions by the Parisian people during the French Revolution.

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Getting to Paris, France:

The most direct way is by air. The Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (IATA: CDG, ICAO: LFPG) (French: Aéroport Paris-Charles de Gaulle), also known as Roissy Airport (or just Roissy in French), in the Paris area, is one of the world's principal aviation centers, as well as France's main airport. It is named after Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970), leader of the Free French Forces and founder of the French Fifth Republic. It is located within portions of several communes, 25 km (16 mi) to the north-east of Paris. The airport serves as the principal hub for Air France.

There are numerous flights to Paris & hotels to stay at while in Paris.

There are also several Guided Tour Agencies offering standard city, and historical tours of Paris and the surrounding area. We have discovered that one of the best ways to tour Paris; is to arrange either private, or guided tours. That way you get to see what you wish to see in a timely manner. Often, you will avoid the crowds by getting a tour.

The very best way to do this is to use viator.com/. Many of their tours are done by locals who really know the area. When we first toured Paris, we wish that we had someone like viator.com/ who we could have used. We have several links to their website on this page, so you can contact them,if you wish.

Here is a link to viator.com/ if you wish to arrange for private tours, or group tours, which will help you to avoid long waits to visit the various destinations in Paris. Private Tour: Paris Street Photography in Le Marais.

Places To See In Paris, France:

There are several "Must See & Do" places or tours to take when in Paris.

We will list and describe them below.

The Eiffel Tower:

The Eiffel Tower (French: La tour Eiffel, is an iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It was named after the engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower.

Erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World's Fair, it was initially criticised by some of France's leading artists and intellectuals for its design, but has become both a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world.

It is the tallest structure in Paris and the most-visited paid monument in the world; it received its 250 millionth visitor in of 2010.

The tower is 1,063 ft tall. Its base is a square, 410 ft on a side. During its construction, the Eiffel Tower surpassed the Washington Monument to assume the title of the tallest man-made structure in the world, a title it held for 41 years, until the Chrysler Building in New York City was built in 1930.

The tower has three levels for visitors, with restaurants on the first and second. The third level observatory's upper platform is 906 ft above the ground; the highest accessible to the public in the European Union. Tickets can be purchased to ascend by stairs or elevator to the first and second levels. The climb from ground level to the first level is over 300 steps, as is the walk from the first to the second level.

Although there are stairs to the third and highest level, these are usually closed to the public and it is generally only accessible by an elevator.

The Sacre' Coeur:

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, commonly known as Sacré-Cœur Basilica is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in Paris, France.

A popular tourist destination, the basilica is located at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city.

Sacré-Cœur is popular for two reasons, both political and cultural. Both as a national penance for the defeat of France in the 1871 Franco-Prussian War and the socialist Paris Commune of 1871; crowning its most rebellious neighborhood, and as an embodiment of conservative moral order. Then it was publicly dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus; which was for an increasingly popular vision of a very loving and sympathetic Christ.

The Sacré-Cœur Basilica was designed by Paul Abadie. Construction began in 1875 and was finished in 1914. It was consecrated after the end of World War I in 1919.

The Moulin Rouge:

The Moulin Rouge, (French for Red Mill) is a cabaret in Paris, France.

The cabaret was co-founded in 1889 by Charles Zidler and Joseph Oller, who also owned the Paris Olympia.

The Moulin Rouge is best known as the spiritual birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance. The can-can dance was originally introduced as a seductive dance by the courtesans who operated from the site, the can-can dance revue evolved into a form of entertainment of its own and led to the introduction of cabarets across Europe.

Today, the Moulin Rouge is a tourist attraction, offering musical dance entertainment for visitors from around the world. The club's decor still contains much of the romance of fin de siècle France.

The Place du Tertre:

The Place du Tertre is a square in the 18th arrondissement of Paris. It is only a few streets away from Montmartre's Basilica of the Sacré Cœur and the Lapin Agile, it is the heart of the city's elevated Montmartre quarter.

The Place du Tertre is a reminder of the time when Montmartre was the mecca of modern art. At the beginning of the 20th century, many penniless painters including Picasso were living there.

The Arc De Triomphe:

The Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile (Arch of Triumph of the Star) is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It stands in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle (originally named Place de l'Étoile), at the western end of the Champs-Élysées.[3] It should not be confused with a smaller arch, the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, which stands west of the Louvre. The Arc de Triomphe (in English: "Triumphal Arch") honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.

The monument stands 164 ft in height, 148 ft wide, and 72 ft deep.

It was the tallest triumphal arch in existence until the completion of the Monumento a la Revolución in Mexico City in 1938, which is 220 ft high.

The Notre-Dame Cathedral:

Notre-Dame de Paris (French for "Our Lady of Paris"), also known as Notre-Dame Cathedral or simply Notre-Dame, is a historic Catholic cathedral on the eastern half of the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of Paris, France. The cathedral is widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture, and it is among the largest and most well-known church buildings in the world. The naturalism of its sculptures and stained glass are in contrast with earlier Romanesque architecture.

In the 1790s, Notre-Dame suffered desecration during the radical phase of the French Revolution when much of its religious imagery was damaged or destroyed.

An extensive restoration supervised by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc began in 1845. A project of further restoration and maintenance began in 1991.

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Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris
Commonly Called The Sacre' Coeur, Erected in 1876
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Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris
Commonly Called The Sacre' Coeur, Erected in 1876
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The Moulin Rouge (Red Windmill)
Founded In 1889
The Mecca For Artists.
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The Moulin Rouge (Red Windmill)
Founded In 1889
The Mecca For Artists.
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The Dôme des Invalides. Paris, France.
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The Dôme des Invalides. Paris, France.
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Napoleons Tomb
Died 5 May 1821, Buried 15 Sept 1821
Most of Paris Turned Out.
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The Place Du Tertre
Hundreds Of Artists
Next To Sacre' Coeur.
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Soldiers Marched in Victory
Through The Arc De Triomphe.
The Luxor Obelisk. Place de la Concorde, Paris, France.
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The Other Original Luxor Obelisk. Luxor, Egypt.
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Notre Dame Cathedral.
Construction Started In 1163 AD.
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Notre Dame Cathedral.South Bank.
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Obelisque de Luxor
Gift From Egypt 1829
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Notre Dame
Construction Started In 1163 AD
Notre Dame Left Side
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At The Eiffel Tower.
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At The Eiffel Tower.
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