If you’re lucky enough to be going on vacation to Paris, you’ve probably planned every little last thing down to the tiniest detail. You’ve probably already planned which sights you’re going to see, as well as which shops to hit and restaurants to eat at. Well, it seems as though you’ve got all the organizing covered. So, we won’t waste your time by telling you things you already know, like what to pack and which activities you should try. We thought that instead, we‘d share with you, our lovely readers, six fun and fascinating facts about the ‘City of Lights’.
- Interestingly, Paris is a sister-city of Rome. In fact, there is an old saying that goes ‘Only Paris is worthy of Rome; only Rome is worthy of Paris.’
- As the rumor has it, King Edward VII used to frequent a brothel in Paris called ‘Le Chabanais’. There are some sources that claim that he used to fill bathtubs with Champagne and entertain the ‘women of ill repute’. So, if you’re into your history, this is a nice little factoid to surprise your friends with at the bar!
- During the First World War, the French people built a fake version of Paris at a safe distance from its actual location. This was all in an effort to disorientate German pilots. The war ended before the building of the fake city was completed, so the French never did discover if their elaborate plan would have worked.
- Many people are surprised to hear that there is an obviously much smaller version of the Statue of Liberty in Paris! It may not be quite as awe-inspiring as the original. But if you’re on vacation from America and you’re feeling a little home-sick, this reminder of the good old US of A, might help to ease your feelings of nostalgia.
- Some of the houses in Paris date all the way back to the Middle Ages. Admittedly these are a rarity. But if you’d like to see one such building, you can find a half timber-built house dating back to the 1400s in the Rue Francois Miron area. This is one of the most interesting and exquisite parts of Paris. So, if you are lucky enough to be going on vacation to the city, we highly recommend you take the time to pay it a visit.
- Contrary to popular belief, Paris isn’t, in fact, the city’s original name. It was once known as Lutetia Parisiorum, which roughly translates in English as ‘The Mud Town of the Parisii’!
There’s no doubt that Paris is a fascinating and unique city, so it’s of little wonder that it remains as one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. So, if you’ve not already booked your vacation, and you’ve never been, there’s plenty of vacation and holiday apartments in Paris to choose from.
We hope we’ve helped to educate you a little about some of the lesser known facts about this most enchanting of cities. All that’s left for us to say is, have a brilliant time and don’t forget to send us a postcard!