About Paris

Paris, the cosmopolitan capital of France, is one of the largest agglomerations in Europe, with 2.2 million people living in the dense, central city and almost 12 million people living in the whole metropolitan area. Located in the north of France on the river Seine, Paris has the reputation of being the most beautiful and romantic of all cities, brimming with historic associations and remaining vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design. Dubbed the City of Light (la Ville Lumiere) and Capital of Fashion, it is home to the world's finest and most luxurious fashion designers and cosmetics, such as Chanel, Dior, Yves Saint-Laurent, Guerlain, Lancome, L'Oreal, Clarins, etc. A large part of the city, including the River Seine, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city has the second highest number of Michelin-restaurants in the world (after Tokyo) and contains numerous iconic landmarks, such as the world's most visited tourist site the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, Moulin Rouge, Lido etc, making it the most popular tourist destination in the world with 45 million tourists annually.

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Climate

Being located in Western Europe, Paris has a maritime climate with cool winters and warm summers. The moderating effect of the Atlantic Ocean helps to temper temperature extremes in much of western Europe, including France. Even in January, the coldest month, temperatures nearly always exceed the freezing point with an average high of 6°C (43°F). Snow is not common in Paris, although it will fall a few times a year. Most of Paris' precipitation comes in the form of light rain year-round.Summers in Paris are warm and pleasant, with an average high of 25°C (77°F) during the mid-summer months. Spring and fall are normally cool and wet.With the weather being so pleasant in the summer, it's a great time to visit.

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Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is one of the most recognisable landmarks in Europe, if not the world. It is an iron structure built in 1889 for the Universal Exhibition of that year in Paris. It is named after its designer, the famous engineer Gustave Eiffel. The co-architect of the tower was Stephen Sauvestre and the engineers in charge were Maurice Koechlin and Emile Nouguier.

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It took over 2 years to build the tower. Standing at 324 metres tall, it was built by 300 workers who joined together 18,038 pieces of puddled iron (a very pure form of structural iron), using two and a half million rivets. It is still the highest building in Paris and one of the most visited (paid) buildings anywhere on planet earth. More than 243 million people have visited the tower since its construction for the Exposition Universelle of 1889.

The tower is repainted every 7 years, and each round of repainting takes between 15 to 18 months. Approximately 60 tons of paint are used and 25 painters are commissioned to carry out the work.

The tower is illuminated daily from sunset until 1:00am (2:00am during the summer months). Every hour, on the hour, during the illumination timespan, the tower also sparkles for aproximately 10 minutes.

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Moulin Rouge

This is, without a doubt, the most famous Parisian cabaret. A trip to the Moulin Rouge is practically obligatory for all first-time visitors to the capital. In the last decade, its fame has been largely revived by the 2001 film Moulin Rouge!, starring Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman. It can be found in the red light district of Pigalle, very close to Montmartre. As the name suggests, a large red windmill welcomes you into its world of bohemian performances, evoking the Belle Époque at the start of the 20th century.

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The history of the Moulin Rouge dates back to 1889 when its journey began in the hands of Spaniard Josep Oller. During its golden years even Edith Piaf performed at the Moulin Rouge. Today, as well as catching one of the cabaret shows you can also have dinner and drinks at the bar.

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