The capital city of France, Paris has endured as an important city for more than 2,000 years. Often called by nicknames like the “city of love” and “city of lights,” Paris is today one of the world’s leading centres for business, fashion, entertainment, art and culture. One of the most beautiful cities in the world. Home to historical monuments such as Notre Dame, the Eiffel tower (320m), Bastille, Louvre and many more. Much of the city was re-designed by Haussmann in the 19th century.
The river Seine divides the city into the Rive Gauche on the south and the Rive Droite on the north banks of the river. The river is still very busy with commercial barges transporting cargo in and out, there is also much. The historical name for the city is Parisii by the Gauls, however, the Romans arrived in 52 B.C. and changed the name to Lutetia.
As the capital of France, Paris transport system is clean, efficient and most importantly cheap. Other parts of the country are accessible from Paris in only a few hours, which makes for a large choice of day trips should you feel the need to escape the city.
One of the fun facts about Paris is that area of Montparnasse in Paris is named after Mount Parnassus from Greek mythology. Parnassus is where the Muses lived and for this reason was associated with many of the arts such as poetry and music, and learning. The many literature students who recited poetry in the streets on Montparnasse adopted the name, “(le) Mont Parnasse”.