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Paris - A travel report by Jin
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Paris, my favourite city

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Paris is more than 2,000 years old. 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 -- the center around which Paris developed.


The Eiffeltower, you must climb it.
The Eiffeltower, you must climb it.
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. The storming of the Bastille in 1789 was the first of a series of key actions by the Parisian people during the FRENCH REVOLUTION. Paris also played a major role in the revolutions of 1830 and 1848. In 1871, during the FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR , the city was besieged for four months until France surrendered. After German troops withdrew, French radicals briefly established the COMMUNE OF PARIS. During World War I the Germans were prevented from reaching Paris, but they occupied the city during World War II from 1940 to 1944. Paris was again the scene of violence during the student riots of 1968.

Favourite spots:
Go see the Mona Lisa, Nike and many more! Go early in the morning!
Go see the Mona Lisa, Nike and many more! Go early in the morning!
Louvre, Eiffeltower, Arc de Triomph, Versailles, Disneyland, Notre Dame...

What's really great:
The famous Lafayette galeries on rue Lafayette, rue Haussman
The famous Lafayette galeries on rue Lafayette, rue Haussman
Climbing the Eiffeltower, well, I actually didn't CLIMB it. We went with the elevator. But the last steps to the most top floor you had to climb a few steps. So technically, I did climb to the top of the Eiffel! The view was amazing. Everyone should do it. At first I thought it was dangerous, but it's totally safe. And actually a lot more to see than I imagined. There's is a little museum on the first floor. And there was even a ice scating square!

Sights:
Louvre museum, Eiffeltower, Versailles, Arc de Triomph, Notre Dame

Accommodations:
At best is to stay at a hotel near St Lazare or Gare du Nord. Then you can easily take the bus, metro and the train.



The best book you can read when you are in Paris: Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code!

Restaurants:
Go to the Chinese restaurants in China town. It's in the district 13.
The Chinese food is very good.

Other recommendations:
Disneyland

Published on Friday January 7th, 2005


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Sat, Jan 08 2005 - 09:38 AM rating by davidx

This seems to be your first report here. Congratulations. Have you been to the Musée d'Orsay? The Impressionit paintings there and Monet's waterlilies at the Orangerie are my Paris favourites.

Fri, Jan 07 2005 - 09:45 PM rating by magsalex

Paris is also one of my favourite cities and one of the first places abroad that i visited. Nice report.

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