Paris in Springtime

Ahhh Springtime in Paris has finally arrived! The birds a singing, skies are blue, the flowers are blooming, and everyone has relaxed from the dreariness of winter. Paris is one of those cities that is beautiful, but even more remarkable while in full bloom during springtime. The pictures prove it.

15 Things You May Not Have Known About Paris

The stunning city of Paris is known for many things – love, fashion, gourmet food, cheese, wine, beautiful architecture, Le Moulin Rouge, just to name a few. It’s also full of surprises and hidden secrets around every corner. Always a fun city to explore and/or live in! Whether your a Paris novice or an expert in the ways of the city, it’s always good to take the time to brush up on your knowledge of the city of lights. Here are some things you may or may not know:

1. Paris is the largest city in Western Europe

2. The Eiffel Tower was originally built for the International Exhibition of Paris of 1889. It took two whole years to complete and held the status of the World’s tallest building until the year 1930.

3. The Seine River separates the city into two banks: the right bank known as Rive Droite and the left bank known as the Rive Gauch.

4. Paris has over two million residents and covers over 41 square miles.

5. The highest altitude reached in Paris is 120 feet above sea level.

6. The Eiffel Tower has over 2.5 million rivets, 15,000 pieces of iron, and 40 tons of paint used in it’s construction.

7. A record twenty percent of French people live in Paris.

8. Paris is not only the City of Lights, it is also known the world over as the Capital of Romance.

9. The annual Tour de France is held each summer in Paris and includes over 100 professional cyclists and covers 2,000 miles. It lasts for three weeks.

10. Every year 13 million tourists visit Disneyland Paris, 5 million visit the Louvre, and 3.25 million visit the Versailles Palace.

11. There are 1,652 steps to the top of the Eiffel Tower.

12. Paris hosts over 70 museums within it’s city limits.

13. Paris was settled originally in 4200 BCE by the Parisii Celtic tribe. It was renamed Lueca in 52 BCE by the Romans, and then became known as Paris after the fall of the Roman Empire.

14. The average temperature in January in Paris is 39 degrees F., and 69 degrees F. in summer.

15. Paris’ time is six hours ahead of Eastern time.