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Continuing our global tour to learn something new, our next stop is one of my favorite cities in the world, Paris, France.
The ancient settlement that corresponds to the modern city of Paris was first mentioned in mid-1st century BC by Julius Caesar as Luteciam Parisiorum and later as Parision in the 5th century and then Paris in 1265. The name Paris is derived from its early inhabitants, the Parisii, a Gallic tribe from the Iron Age and the Roman Period.
Did not know that the city actually has 3 to 5 other statues of liberty, and yes, the French gifted the one in New York. You can find the Mona Lisa painting in the Louvre; when you see it, you will be surprised by its small size. My favorite museum in Paris is the D’Orsay, located in an old train station by the Seine River.
Paris is called the city of lights because it was one of the first European cities to install street lights, not because of how the city is currently illuminated. You might also be surprised that the entire city has no stop signs.
Haute couture (high sewing) is the creation of exclusive custom-fitted high-end fashion designs constructed by hand from start to finish. Chanel, Christian Dior, and Louis Vuitton started in Paris.
The city's motto is “Fluctuat nec Mergitur” a Latin phrase that literally translates as “tossed by not sunk. The city’s crest features a depiction of a ship. Interesting as the city is inland.
I have lost count of how many times I have traveled to Paris for business and pleasure. It is the place to visit inspiring stores, enjoy great cafes, consistently delicious food, and my favorite always, the best baguettes. Writing this summary was a reminder that it’s time to visit the city once again because, as Audrey said, it is always a good idea.
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