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Romance, relaxed life, beautiful landscapes, imposing sights, well-dressed people, chic shops, delicious, unique flavors... These are some of the ingredients that make up the intoxicating aroma of Paris. A city out of a dream, the “City of Light”, one of the largest Metropolises in Europe is waiting for you to explore it. Walk among the iconic monuments of Paris and admire the Eiffel Tower, the city's “Iron Lady” that offers visitors an unsurpassed view. Nearby is the equally iconic Arc de Triomphe. This historic landmark will dazzle you, especially on summer days, when the sun sets through the huge arch. Continue to Champs-Élysées and end up at Concorde Square, the second largest square in all of France! A little further down you reach the Louvre Museum, perhaps one of the most famous museums in the world. Of course, we could not miss the fairytale Notre Dame de Paris, standing in the middle of the Seine, as well as the most romantic neighborhood of Paris, Montmartre. There you will wander in an “oasis” of art, on the grounds of Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir, Pissarro and other great artists of the past, while admiring the Basilica Sacré Cœur and the famous cabaret Moulin Rouge. And of course, the sights and museums are not the only things you will enjoy in Paris. Too many bistros with their amazing, blooming terraces are the perfect place to see the city like a local. Also, a cruise to the Seine will bring you even closer to the brilliant sights of the city and will offer an unforgettable experience! Finally, for those who still feeling like children, the magical world of Disneyland awaits to take you to the world of Mickey Mouse and his friends!


The history

The history of Paris dates back to about 259 BC, to the Parisii, a Celtic tribe settled on the banks of the Seine. In 52 BC, the fishermen's village was conquered by the Romans, establishing a Franco-Roman town called Lutetia. The city changed its name to Paris in the fourth century. In the 11th century, Paris prospered thanks to the silver trade and because it was a strategic route for pilgrims and merchants. During the 14th century, Paris was hit by three riots and the bubonic plague, which killed thousands of Parisians. Paris could not withstand resistance from the British, who conquered the city in 1431, and as a result Henry VI of England was crowned King of France. On 24 of August 1572, the royal council decided to assassinate the Protestant leaders, which led to a massacre of Protestants in Paris, known as the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre. During the period 1648-1662, when successive civil wars were taking place in France, the philosophical movement of the Enlightenment also flourished. On 14 July 1789, the Parisians invaded the Bastille, a symbol of royal power, and on 3 September 1791, the first written constitution was drafted and approved by King Louis XVI. On 10 August 1792, the Parisians attacked the Tuileries Palace and the National Assembly suspended the King's constitutional rights. The new parliament abolished the monarchy and proclaimed the Republic. Therefore, on 17 August 1795, a new Constitution was adopted, but it was not accepted by monarchist groups, resulting in a coup d 'état on 9 November 1799 under Napoleon Bonaparte. The Napoleonic Wars – and with them the Napoleonic Empire – ended on 20 November 1815, after Napoleon's defeat at the Battle of Waterloo, and the Second Treaty of Paris in 1815 was signed. From the twentieth century onwards, Paris underwent significant changes with the reconstruction of different neighborhoods, many of which were damaged during World WarI and World War II. During World WarI, the city resisted German attacks. However, in 1940, Paris was occupied by the Nazis, although the Parisians resisted and liberated the capital on 25 August 1944.

Eiffel Tower

The history of the Eiffel Tower reflects much of Paris' national heritage, as it has been a symbol of the city for decades. When the French government organized the International Exhibition of 1889 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of the French Revolution, a competition was held for the construction of a suitable monument. More than 100 projects were submitted and the Commission approved that of the distinguished bridge engineer Gustave Eiffel. The tower was erected in about two years (1887–1889), with a small workforce and low cost, with a height of 312 meters. On March 31, 1889, the tower was inaugurated and its constructor climbed all 1,710 steps to the top to place the French flag. When the project was completed, it was determined that the licensing rights would last only 20 years and then the Eiffel Tower would have to be demolished. However, Gustave Eiffel managed to prove its scientific usefulness, so the Tower dominates to this day as part of French History and welcomes more than 7 million visitors every year.

Onion soup

Although it originated as a humble agricultural dish, French onion soup is now regarded as one of the most valuable dishes of French cuisine. The broth is simple, made only with caramelized onions and meat broth. However, the soup is distinguished from the croutons that are placed over the soup and then all this exquisite creation is generously covered with cheese and placed in the oven until the cheese creates a golden crust. The French onion soup is a dish with a rich history and a very long tradition, with its final form being established in the 17th century.


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