Things only smart travelers know about Paris

Trip to Paris

Paris is a city of many things – Art, food, love, lights – and also dream to many. Many works of art, song or literature have touched upon its beauty. Yet, like every city of delight, even Paris has its own set of unspoken tales which only a few know of.

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The Geometrical Layout of the Pantheon’s Vault – City of Enlightenment and Art

Originally, when Paris was made synonym to the city of lights, what the scholars really meant was “the city of enlightenment”

Many are familiar with the term “La Ville-Lumière” or “The City of Lights”. But don’t be surprised if you don’t exactly find this term about Paris true during your visit. Originally, when Paris was made synonym to the city of lights, what the scholars really meant was “the city of enlightenment” – owing to the booming art, literature, and philosophy in Paris during the age of enlightenment. Of course, the illuminated Eiffel tower and the city’s history help in keeping up with the term’s literal meaning. But the next time you are experiencing the wonderful art of Musée d’Orsay or the neo-classical geometry of the Panthéon, you will know what the lights really meant.

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Eiffel Tower and river Seine from Notre Dame Cathedral

This city is more walkable than you could imagine – you could start walking from the north towards the south end enjoying the peaceful river seine and within 40 minutes you will be halfway through

Did you know that Notre Dame de Paris is just 3 kilometers from Palais Garnier and so is Eiffel tower from Palais Garnier? Interestingly, almost all the places of interest in Paris are just around 3 kilometers away from each other. So if you love a good stroll you could have a nice walk through the beautiful streets of Paris. This city is more walkable than you could imagine – you could start walking from the north towards the south end enjoying the peaceful river seine and within 40 minutes you will be halfway through unless of course, you get distracted by a city artist and stop by for long.

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A Café in Paris

it isn’t as scary and imperative, as people claim it to be, you need not eat in a certain way and follow a list of rules in a restaurant to indicate ‘politeness’.

Politeness in Paris is always a good idea. In fact, as opposed to the ‘Parisians are rude’ claim,  they are fairly friendly & polite – as long as you return the gesture. As the popular term French etiquette goes, it is good to greet people with a “Bonjour/ Bonsoir” before you start your conversation, be it at a restaurant or a stranger whom you are asking for directions. Again, it isn’t as scary and imperative, as people claim it to be, you need not eat in a certain way and follow a list of rules in a restaurant to indicate ‘politeness’. Politeness could simply mean a simple gesture of respect and greeting. Add a “Monsieur” (Sir) while addressing a waiter with “Merci” (Thank you) while taking a leave and you are all good to go.

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Driving in Paris

There is only one “Arête” (Stop) sign in the entire city of Paris. Incidentally, this exclusive stop sign in Paris was recently removed.

Many have already heard this story about Paris – there is only one “Arête” (Stop) sign in the entire city of Paris. Incidentally, this exclusive stop sign in Paris was recently removed. This is a hint enough that driving in Paris could be very difficult for non-Parisians. In any case, you would enjoy public transport than hiring a vehicle of your own. Better even, you could walk this walkable city!

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Eiffel Tower from a distance

A good reason why you could see Eiffel Tower even from a distance of about 5 Kilometers.  According to an age-old law, no buildings could exceed the limit of six stories in Paris.

If we were to rank cities for their skyscrapers, Paris wouldn’t even make it to the top 20s list. A good reason why you could see Eiffel Tower even from a distance of about 5 Kilometers.  According to an age-old law, no buildings could exceed the limit of six stories in Paris. Reason? – “Pour Que tout le monde ait du Soleil” (so that all have their share of sunshine). It wasn’t until 2010 that Sky Scraper projects started getting a heads up.

Someone rightly put it “You don’t visit Paris, you experience it”. The list of Paris’ charms can go on and on. We are sure even you have some interesting  Paris stories to tell. Share with us what you loved the most about Paris in our comment box right below!

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