Before you board that eastbound jet there are a few things to learn that will help you prepare for your visit, make your visit more memorable, and perhaps satisfy your curiosity. In other articles we told you about tipping in France, how to ride the Metro, and even what to wear in Paris.
Now let's find out where the embassies are, learn a bit about the history of Paris, climate information, and a few fun facts. Did you know, for instance, that Paris was the largest city in the world between the 16th and 19th centuries? Or that the entire land area of Paris is a mere 40 square miles, just over 100 square kilometers? And that twenty percent of the entire population of France lives in the Paris metropolitan area?
We could go on. In fact, we do — in the articles below.
Another fun fact — the first settlement at what is now Paris was founded over 2,300 years ago?
The first Parisiens were the Parisii, the Celtic people who were the original settlers. They were followed by the Romans, and then there were Franks and Gauls and…well, a lot of other people. Vikings?
Paris is made up of twenty arrondissements — or administrative wards — each with a distinct feel and atmosphere.
It's nice to know what's where in Paris, to learn about attractions and sights in each of the arrondissements, and which ones you'll want to pay the most attention to.
Can't make it to Paris this year? Want more of Paris once you get home?
Movies are the next best thing to being there. Building your own library of favorite Paris movies is a nice way to rekindle your memories of the City of Cinema, or to get in the mood for your next trip.
Read our guide to classic Paris movies to help pass the time until you make it across the Atlantic!
You might find it fun to learn a few more Paris facts before arriving, including the historical size of the city.
Since it was founded as Lutetia, the population of Paris has grown from a few thousand Gauls to over two million Parisians, and has gone up and down over the centuries. Find out when Paris was even more densely populated than it is now. Do you know the current population?
It would be nice to know what weather to expect on your arrival in Paris.
Well, we can't predict anything for certain, but, although the climate in Paris can be quite temperamental (no pun intended), we can make a good guess of what it's going to be like at the time you will arrive. Learn about the Paris seasons and weather patterns to help plan your trip.
The only time you're ever likely to need an embassy is if your passport has been lost or stolen or if you have become stranded. In case of emergencies like these help is at hand in Paris for US and Canadian citizens at their respective embassies.
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