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The One and Only Paris, France

Paris is the capital of France as well as the country's largest city. Paris sits right on the river Seine which is located in northern France. The city of Paris has not been changed much since 1860 which is what makes Paris so unique and exciting. Today, Paris is one of the world's leading business and cultural centers as well as one of the world's major global cities with its influence on politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science and art. Along with being the world's major global cities, Paris is also the world's most popular tourists destinations. There are 45 million tourists that visit Paris every year. Paris has many well known iconic landmarks along with the many attractions and world famous institutions and popular parks.

The name Paris comes from that of its inhabitants called the Gaulish tribe also known as the Parisii. During the first until the sixth century Roman occupation, the city was called Lutetia. In the region of Julian the Apostate, the city was renamed to Paris. Paris has a few nicknames, the most popular nickname is "La Ville-Lumiere" which means The Light City which is mostly translated into "The City of Lights."

Paris dates all the way back to around 4200 BC. In 52 BC the Romans conquered the Paris Basin with a permanent settlement. In 1348, the Black Death arrived and killed about 800 people a day which left Paris with a population of about 200,000. In 1466, there were 40,000 people who died from the plague in Paris. After the plague hit, Paris lost its seat as the French realm during occupation of the Burgundians which are English allies, during the Hundred Years War. Paris regained its title as capital in 1436 when Charles VII of France reclaimed the city. During the French Wars of Religion, Paris took control of the Catholic Party. On July 14 1789 Paris was the center spot for the French Revolution with the Storming of the Bastille and the overthrow of the monarchy in 1792.

Paris was considered the paragon of style for the longest time. It is now considered the most glamorous city in Europe. Paris is deeply traditional with its style and ways of living, kind of like a village or metropolis whose inhabitants continue to be notorious for their hauteur. Paris, France is famously cosmopolitan. The contrast and contradictions is what makes Paris, its the reality of the city with the tiny lanes and alley ways of the Quartier Latin or Montmartre against the monumental vistas from the Louvre to La Defense. Paris makes visitors feel like they are in an inhumanly magnificent place with no worries. Paris, France operates on a human scale with amazing and exquisite little nooks that are hidden away from the Grands Boulevards and little communities that are very definite. Even though Paris has a culture that is transformed by the immigrant and gay population, all the city's buildings, cafes, restaurants, and city streets are still untouched and defiantly unchanged.

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D-Day Normandy Beaches offer a full day tour on a mini bus that will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel in Paris. The tour is conducted in English, French, Spanish, and Italian so everyone can attend and be comfortable. During the first part of the day starts at the Caen Memorial for an emotional visit as the guests get the chance to relive the D-Day landings and the battle of Normandy. After that they head to Arromanches to have a closer look at the remains of the artificial bridge that was first built  y the allied forces in just 15 days. After lunch time the tour takes visitors over to discover the Batteries of Longues, the Pointe du Hoc and a visit to the American Cemetery of Saint Laurent. On the way back visitors can stop at Omaha Beach where the entrance is included with the tour.

Castles and Wines in the Loire Valley is a full day tour that takes place on a mini bus and will pick you up at your hotel in Paris. This tour is done in English, French, Spanish, and Italian. The start of the day begins at the Amboise Castle then to the symbol of new style architecture which is the French Renaissance. It was Leonardo da Vinci that gave life to this castle. Visitors can see all of his creations when visiting the Clos Luce, his residence. Towards the end of the morning the tour will leave for Chenonceau where lunch is included. The start of the afternoon starts at the Chenonceau Castle also called the "Chateau aux Dames" that was built on the Cher. The end of the tour is a visit of Monmousseau Cellars which is known as a very important wine producer in the region. Here visitors will taste three vintage wines.

Mont Saint Michel Guided Tour is a full day tour that is conducted in English, French, Spanish, and Italian on a Motorcoach bus. The tour starts off by driving through Normandy to Mont Saint Michel which is surrounded by dangerous moving sands. These moving sands are linked to the mainland by a dike called "Marvel of the Occident" and is very unique to the world. By early afternoon the guided tour goes to the Abbey built on a rocky islet and was a major cultural and pilgrimage centre during the middle ages. Visitors can explore the Gothic monastery that has been superposed during the centuries along with the cloister and refectory. This tour also gives free time to climb the famed steep sided narrow streets.

A Day in Bruges is a full day tour that is taken place on a Motorcoach as well as on foot and conducted in English, French, Spanish, and Italian. There is a pedestrian tour though the heart of the old city which includes the amazing Grand Place. Grand Place has quaint houses that are decorated with facades. The "Halles" which is an indoor market with a belfry, the Place du Bourg with the Saint Sang Basilica, the Gothic style Townhall and the "Beguinage" which is the Beguine convent. The tour offers free time to do individual activities including visiting the Museums of Flemish art or taking a gander at handmade lace and Belgian chocolates.

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Things to do in Paris, France

Visiting the Eiffel Tower is a remarkable experience, Paris would not be Paris without the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower was designed by Gustave Eiffel specifically for the 1889 World Fair. Its 300 meter (984 feet) sculpture was at the time the tallest building in the world. When the Eiffel Tower was first built many people did not like and it wanted it pulled down due to it being an eyesore. It is now one of the most visited monuments in the world. The first and second levels of the tower can be climbed by stairs but the top views require elevators.

The Musee d'Orsay has about 2.5 million visitors a year and they come to see the largest collection in the world of impressionist artwork. The building itself is called the Gare d'Orsay and it was built for the Worlds Fair in 1900. During World War II the building was used for holding the freed prisoners. In 1973 the building was threatened to be torn down but was instead transformed into a house collection of art from the second half of the 19th Century. The ground floor of the main gallery is 453 feet long and 105 feet tall. On the third floor is the Cafe des Hauteurs and on the sixth floor is a restaurant.

Basilique du Sacred-Coeur is a Romano-Byzanthine basilica that overlooks Montmartre which is known as one of Paris's most beautiful picturesque districts. It has a very unique dome that rises up over the rest of the building. It offers the perfect vantage point from where you can explore the city with the view. It is commissioned by the Catholic Church. the construction of the building began in 1875 under the supervision of architect Paul Abadie, the building was finally complete in 1914.

The Arc de Triomphe is known as a site of memories, current events, and celebrations. The lists of the dead on the monument will move you while the cars driving around the monument will scare you. Visitors are standing in a line between the Louvre and the Grande Arche de la Defense. This monument links together the past and the present as well as beautiful views. This is truly an amazing landmark that stands at 164 feet tall and 147 feet wide.

In the winter months visitors can glide into a winter wonderland that is located high in the sky in the Eiffel Tower. It holds a 2,152 square foot ice skating rink and sits at about 187 feet above the beautifully lit city of Paris. The ice skating rink has dazzling lights and music, it is perfect for the whole family and/or a romantic night out. When the ice skating rink was first opening, everyone skated for free which made it a very popular attraction. The formal name for this attraction is the Patinoire de la Tour Eiffel.

Conciergerie is located in a part of the Palais de Justice also known as the Law courts. The Conciergie was Paris's first prison in the year 1391. Behind the medieval decor and facades is the reconstruction if the jail cells, the 14th century Salle des Gardes (Guardroom), the Salle des Gens d'Armes (Arms room), the Cour des Femmes (Courtyard), and Bonbec Tower where the prisoners were interrogated. During the time of the French Revolution there were about 3,000 people that were locked up in the dungeons. Many famous prisoners were held here such as Charlotte Corday, Antoine de Lavoisier and Andre Chenier.