Cities Talking Paris for locals and tourists alike!
Located on the Seine River, in the north of France, Paris is the country’s capital and most populous city. Paris is the most populated urban area in the European Union, and is home to the most-visited art museums in the world. Known for fashion, Paris hosts two yearly ‘fashion weeks’, and is also world-renowned for its cuisine, and widely known for its air of romance.
In the 3rd century BC, the Celtic tribe, the Parisii built a settlement on the Ile de la Cite. The Romans conquered in 52AD, however the Roman settlement of Paris was not a very large or important city. In the 3rd century, Paris was converted to Christianity, and in 386, the Franks took over the city. The city began to flourish, and by the Middle Ages, the population had grown to 200 000 people, and had become one of the largest towns in Europe. In the 12th century, Notre Dame was built, and remains the most famous cathedral in Paris. In the 16th century, Reformation swept the country, and thousands of Protestants were murdered. Paris was at the centre of the French Revolution, which broke out in 1789, the Parisians seized guns and cannons, the governor was forced to surrender, people were guillotined and churches were vandalised. Life returned to normal in 1794, but another revolution took place in 1830. France was transformed by the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century, and began to prosper towards the end of the century, with the opening of the Eiffel Tower, and later the Metro.
Paris has a temperate climate similar to that of the UK and Western Europe. The city is particularly beautiful during the spring, with temperatures rising to 20 degrees Celsius. Summer temperatures rise to 25 degrees, with rain roughly once every five days. Winter is cold and wet, although temperatures rarely fall below zero during the day.
Things to do
Paris, a fantastic and historic metropolis. Discover the secret tales of landmarks from Notre Dame to the Musée d’Orsay
Starting at the regal Notre Dame, this tour will take you through all of Paris’s most renowned landmarks; but behind their beautiful facades lie sordid tales of corruption and raucous revolutions.We then continue our walk to the Hotel Dieu de Paris, Conciergerie, Pont Neuf, The Seine, Hotel de Ville, Pompidou Centre, Saint Eustache Church, The Louvre, Tuileries, Place de la Concorde, Belle Époque, before arriving at Musée d’Orsay. Along the way you will learn the history and secrets of some of the most famous buildings and people who have made Paris the fascinating and romantic city it is today. Hear about the misguided shopaholic queen who led her country into financial ruin; the pack of wolves that terrorised the medieval inhabitants; and the refusal of this wondrous city to kowtow before a maniacal Nazi leader. You will be led into luscious gardens, down sprawling esplanades and through twisting alleyways; from art to executions, this city is far from blasé.
Paris, the city of Lights and of Love! Discover the famous landmarks between Place de la Concorde and the Eiffel Tower
We begin this walk at the Place de la Concorde and continue our walk down the magnificent Champs Elysées taking in the Petit and Grand Palais, Esplanade des Invalides and Hôtel National des Invalides, Musee Rodin, UNESCO Building, Ecole Militaire, Parc du Champ de Mars before we finally arrive at Paris’s most famous landmark: the Eiffel Tower, designed by Gustave Eiffel and built in 1888. Along the way we’ll tell the story of this fascinating and historic city and you’ll learn of its architecture, of stories of love and romance, war and executions!