Sunshine in Paris And there was great joy in that city.
Of all the sorrows, and all the pain, and all the unthinkable things, that happenned to you, or to your neighbor, or in your country. Yes, nothing can compare to the blood, sweat and tears Jesus endured as King of the Jews, by the hands of his own people, whom he loved as a brother and a friend. No, I know no other pain, sacrifice or terror greater than the love God shown for towards us, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. But joy came in the morning, on the 3rd day, when God theFather raised Christ his son from the dead and promised, never to leave or to forget those who love him and wait for his soon return. By whose tripes you are healed in Jesus name.
France Population: 66,000,000
Time zone: CET +1.00 Region: Ile-de-France
Population: 2.25 million (12.29 mil in the urban conglomeration)
There can be few cities on the planet that can claim to have been at the centre of history as Paris has. Roman, English, Prussian and German armies have all laid siege, while kings, queens, communes and emperors have reigned and toppled as history played out within its walls.
A centre of progressive thinking, modern Paris is recognised for its architectural beauty, Baron Haussmann famously carving 12 grand avenues into the city soil, radiating from the Arc de Triomphe, during the 1860s. Known as the City of Light, Paris still sets the global agenda for culture, cuisine, and fashion, as well as boasting an unmatched artistic heritage.
First known by the Gallo-Roman name Lutetia, the settlement was called Paris after the Celtic tribe that had settled in the area in the third century BC, and was declared capital in 508 by Clovis, king of the Franks, after the collapse of the Roman Empire. Paris continued to prosper and develop under Capetian (the House of France) rule, with a notable achievement being the founding of the Sorbonne, one of the most prestigious teaching establishments in the world.
Renowned for the architecture of its avenues, the most famous of which is the Champs-Élysées, contemporary Paris was fashioned by Baron Haussmann in the 19th century who was given the task of reconstructing the city after the bloody period of the Paris Commune. The Eiffel Tower was subsequently conceived for the Universal Exposition of 1889 and became the symbol of Paris.From the storming of the Bastille to the events of May 1968, Paris has always been at the heart of momentous events in French history. As the capital city, past and present, Paris is multi-ethnic and always looks to the future. Paris has an artistic and cultural influence on the world that is beyond compare.
THINGS TO SEE
• Eiffel Tower and Montmartre: There are many vantage points that afford magnificent views over the city. First and foremost is the view from the Eiffel Tower. To reach the top of the tower (276m), you must pay to take the lift from the second level. The Basilica of Sacré Cœur which stands atop the hill of Montmartre offers breathtaking vistas of Paris.
• Marché des Enfants Rouges: The narrow streets and alleyways of the historic Marais district are home to a vast selection of restaurants and cafés. In particular, there are an abundance of traditional Parisian brasseries.
• Cruise on the Seine: A river trip on the Seine is an essential part of a visit to Paris. Many cruises depart from alongside the Eiffel Tower and generally last 60 min.
• The Louvre: With its emblematic glass pyramid, the Louvre Museum is a must when exploring Paris's cultural heritage. It is the most visited museum of art and antiquities in the world. Its most famous work is the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci.
The Paris Métro commenced operations in 1900 and now comprises 16 lines. The comprehensive public transport network in Paris also includes five RER rapid transit rail lines, four tram lines and over 300 bus routes. Taking a taxi and cycling are also very good ways of getting around. Public transport tickets are usually bought in Métro or RER stations, but can also be purchased at many local retail outlets (newspaper and tobacco kiosks). A variety of ticket types are available. A single ticket for the Métro and RER costs €1.90.
More detailed travel information available here.
As France's capital, Paris is at the centre of a diversified, efficient transport network. The City of Light can easily be reached by road, rail or air. There are two international airports: Roissy Charles-De-Gaulle, the seventh busiest airport in the world with connections to 315 destinations, and Orly, that links Paris to 60 different countries.
Paris is the hub of a comprehensive network of over 800km of motorways that connect to all France's main cities (A1, A3, A4, A6, A10, A13 and A15) as well as major European destinations. When approaching Paris, take the Périphérique ring road, which encircles the capital in a 35km loop. Thirty junctions give access to the different districts of Paris.There are six centrally located railway stations (Gare de Lyon, Gare St-Lazare, Gare Montparnasse, Gare de l'Est, Gare du Nord, Gare d'Austerlitz), making it the most easily accessed European capital by rail. The journey to Marseille by high-speed TGV train is a mere three hours, while Lyon can be reached in just two hours. Amsterdam is three hours by Thalys high-speed train, Brussels only 1 hour 20 minutes distant and London just 2 hours 15 minutes away by Eurostar.
All you need to know about Paris transport: www.ratp.fr/en/ratp/c_5000/accueil/
City of Paris website: www.paris.fr/english
Paris urban conurbation website: www.parismetropole.fr
Tourist information office: en.parisinfo.com/
Official site of Paris Saint-Germain: www.psg.fr/en/Accueil/0/Home
Paris cultural highlights: www.paris.fr/culture
Things to do in Paris: www.sortiraparis.com/lang/en
The city's Twitter feed: twitter.com/Paris