It’s tough to try to do justice to an entire city in a single blog. Paris, like other great cities of the world ~ London, Tokyo, Sydney, New York and Rio de Janeiro to name a few ~ are such big places with lots of interesting history, monuments and atmosphere that it’s impossible to cover even a fraction of the important points. So, since this is my blog and the only place I could get away with this, I’ll be sharing those things that I find intriguing.

A bit of data: Paris has a metropolitan population of over 10 million, and is renowned as a center of art, culture and fine food.  The city has two international airports: Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly. Opened in 1900, the Paris Métro, serves 5.23 million passengers daily. Paris’ Gare du Nord is one of the ten busiest railway stations in the world, and serviced 262 million passengers in 2015. 

Paris’s best-known nickname is “The City of Lights”. (Source)

FunFact: The strangest factoid I unearthed had to do with Japanese tourists. Apparently, on average, 12 of the 1 million Japanese visitors to Paris each year have to be sent home after suffering severe culture shock. Many movies, like Amelie, present a romantic view of Paris. When these romantic views collide with a rude French waiter who yells at his customers for not speaking fluent French, a psychological break can occur. It was a Japanese doctor, living in Paris, who first diagnosed the condition. This break is called ‘Paris Syndrome’.  (Source)

FunFact: The famous author Guy de Maupassant, routinely ate his lunch at the base of the Eiffel Tower, but not in reverence. Instead, it was because he hated the tower so much and it was the only place in Paris where he could sit outside and not have to see it. (Source)

Historically, long before Paris became Paris, the Celtic tribe, the Parisii lived in this area and it is said the name ultimately came from this tribe. However, the first name recorded under Roman rule was Lutetia Parisorium. The word ‘Lutetia’ is believed to come from the Latin root ‘lutum’, meaning mud. So Paris’s first name possibly meant ‘the little mud town of the Parisii’. (Source)

FunFact: There are two islands in Paris located in the Seine: Île de la Cité and Île Saint-Louis

FunFact: During WWII, the French Resistance cut the elevator cables to the top of the Eiffel Tower to keep Hitler from taking the tour. Apparently, the plan worked because he opted out of climbing the 1500 stairs. (Source)

Another intriguing Factoid about Paris during WWII is that the Great Mosque of Paris sheltered Jews and provided them with Muslim identity certificates. (Source)

So that’s it for today. And yes, I know I didn’t even scratch the surface. But I hope you enjoyed this oddball collection of information and trivia about one of the world’s best-loved cities. 

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