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10 Amazing Facts about Paris


10 Amazing Facts about Paris

  1. The Eiffel Tower was initially considered to be a listless monstrosity. The city’s best and brightest originally hated the Eiffel Tower when it was opened in 1889. The press insulted it and the city’s most famous artists and writers expressed their disdain quite openly to. Compared to that today the Eiffel Tower is one of the most visited locations on the planet.
  2. There are 1200 bakeries to choose from in the city. Parisians take their bread very, very seriously and you can choose to buy your baguettes from 1200 different bakeries across the city. There are actually quite strict rules regarding the consistency of the baguette dough, how long it is and how much it can be charged to be called a bull ongeri. The bakery must bake their bread on site and Bakeries in a neighbourhood will have different opening times so people will never be faced with a closed sign.
  3. 10 professional film and photography shoots take place in Paris every single day. New York is one of the most popular cities in the world for film shoots but Paris is hot on its heels. Fashion campaigns, photo shoots and film shoots are commonly shot on the streets of the French capital. Filming on the street is actively encouraged by the French government because it boosts their economy considerably. Mainly because production teams have to pay to shoot at parks museums or in front of particular monuments.
  4. Film makers have to pay the loops architect royalties if they get the famous class pyramid in shot. Filming Paris is classic famous monuments like Notre Dame, or the Eiffel Tower it is absolutely encouraged but if you want to feature one of the cities modern constructions prepare for a big bill. The Louvre pyramids architect I M Pei now charges royalties for any film maker who wants to feature his 1989 construction.
  5. It would take nearly 30 years to visit every terrace, bar and restaurant in Paris. Paris is famous for its cosmopolitan cafe culture and most bars cafes and restaurants become open terraces when the weather is nice. There are so many open terraces 9057 of them in fact that if you went to one each day it would take you 29.8 years to sample the mall.
  6. Paris train system was originally going to be called M.E.R.D.E. But when abbreviated it spells ‘marde’ a famous French swear word that we are all quite familiar with wisely the name was changed to Rea so express regional to save the city and the world’s 4th largest public transport system any embarrassment.
  7. The Eiffel Tower has been known to move. Particular weather conditions can make the Eiffel Tower move a shift. In strong winds the Eiffel Tower has been known to sway 13 centimetres and during a 1976 heatwave it shifted 18 centimetres away from the sun. Alexandra Gustave Eiffel wouldn’t be surprised by this if you were alive today. He accommodated movement of up to 70 centimetres in the construction and design.
  8. In 2015 a Paris Chateau sold for $444,000,000 making it the most expensive property in the world. The Chateau Louis 14 is practically next door to the great Versailles and was built in 2011 to resemble the classic 17th century French estate sold to a Middle Eastern buyer it beat a London penthouse which sold in 2014 for 326,000,000. And was considered by Kim Kardashian and Kanye West when they were shopping for wedding venues.
  9. One of the most unusual homes in Paris is an apartment left untouched for 70 years. Mrs de Florian left France before the Second World War and Nazi occupation and with it she left her apartment in the ninth arrondissement. The rent continued to be paid throughout her life and the property was left completely undisturbed until her death in 2013. When the dust was blown away and 19th century painting by Giovanni Baldini was discovered which later sold at auction for £1.78 million.
  10. There aren’t 666 panes of glass in the Louvre pyramid despite what Dan Brown says. The rumour that there are 666 panes of glass began in the 1980s and was reported by newspapers but someone has done the math and there are actually 673 panes. Dan Brown’s the Da Vinci Code brought the myth back to life in 2003 as it formed a part of the novels plot but still it’s not true.


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