Top Facts About Paris For Kids: Exploring The City Of Love And Light

Akinwalere Olaleye
Jan 24, 2024 By Akinwalere Olaleye
Originally Published on Oct 26, 2021
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Age: 3-18
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When you are told to think about an iconic monument of the world, which one comes to your mind?

Most people will think about the Eiffel Tower, found in Paris, France. This city in France has seldom stopped to make people dream, and many people flock to Paris every year to see the famous city in action.

Everything from the fashion to the food of Paris is something that pulls people from all around the world. Along with being a destination of enjoying different art scenes, the city also lives and breaths in the memories of its people. Countless films have been made about the city of Paris, France, and still, it cannot fulfill the desire of people who see the French city with their own eyes. However, this isn't a new phenomenon. There was a time when the most famous personalities flocked to Paris to find solace in the beauty of this city. Funnily enough, the brilliant writer, George Orwell, spent time in Paris working as a dish washer.

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Location Of Paris

The beautiful city of Paris is located in the European country of France. When it comes to the exact location of the city, Paris can be located in the northern central part of France along with being on the north-bending arc of the River Seine.

Paris is a sprawling city, and it's known for being the most populous city in France. Paris is said to be located in the heart of the Ile-de-France region. However, it is to be noted that the city has taken up space in both banks of the river and the city is said to take up an area of about 40.7 sq mi (105.4 sq km). This city is more than 2,000 years old and it's special for its food and culture. Along with that, Paris is also known for being an important city because of its contribution to art, diplomacy, science, and finance.

Various Nicknames Of Paris

One of the most important facts about Paris is the various nicknames that have been given to the city. Yes, you might have come across the usual nicknames such as the 'city of light' or 'city of love.' There are many more nicknames to this famous city. However, the city gets the name 'Paris' from the Parisii, a Gallic tribe that were early inhabitants of the city.

City of light: We had to start with the most iconic name for the French capital, which is the 'city of light'. If you have seen pictures of Paris, you will note that it is aptly called the city of lights. In French, this nickname sounds even more elegant as it's called 'la ville lumière'. The main reason behind calling Paris by this name is unknown, but it can be because of the 20,000 bulbs that light up the Eiffel Tower, or because Paris played an important part in the Age of Enlightenment.

City of love: Another common nickname for Paris is 'city of love.' The Eiffel Tower is regarded as one of the places that see the most number of marriage proposals, and couples from all around the world are enamored by the loving air of Paris. The nickname might come from the romantic nature of the residents of Paris and you'll truly feel love upon visiting the city. Moreover, the Pont des Arts bridge is where couples go to attach padlocks on the railings of the bridge before throwing the key into the river.

Fashion capital: Most of us can very well understand why Paris is called the fashion capital. Along with New York Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week is one of the key fashion events that take place in the world, and it first started in 1973.

La Dame de Fer: To commemorate an iconic structure like the Eiffel Tower, Paris has also been given the nickname 'La Dame de Fer' which stands for 'the iron lady' in French.

A wonderful night view of Paris, capital of France.

Things To Know About Paris

When you are learning about a city, it's important to delve deep into the facts. Hence, here are some interesting facts about Paris that everyone should know.

The Eiffel Tower was constructed for the World’s Fair in 1889 and many of the then Parisians weren't really keen on the monument. The Eiffel Tower has also been called a 'truly tragic lampost' among other things.

A fun fact about the Eiffel Tower is that there are 1,665 steps that lead to the top of this majestic tower.

While the rest of the world has resorted to more advanced techniques, one of the most unique Paris facts is that the city still retains an army of carrier pigeons. These birds may come in handy if every other form of communication fails in the city.

One of the fun facts about Paris that most people might not know is its cemeteries. Jim Morrison's grave is in the Père Lachaise cemetery, and fans from around the world come to see it. However, the Montmartre cemetery is known for its beautiful population of cats that cohabit in the graves.

The famous cocktail 'bloody mary' came into being in the iconic Ritz Hotel of Paris. It's said that the popular novelist Ernest Hemingway was the one behind the creation of this drink as he wanted something that didn't smell of alcohol.

One of the most interesting facts about Paris that we came across was that of the Paris syndrome. This phenomenon is mainly seen in the Japanese people who aren't really impressed with the city after making their visit. The Paris syndrome is quite justified as the city has already been portrayed in different ways in the media, so it can surely let someone down.

The tactic of using camouflage was first used by the French army during the First World War.

You might be familiar with the story of the hunchback of Notre Dame. Even though Quasimodo doesn't exist, the main bell of this cathedral is named Emmanuel and it has a weight of around 13 tons (11793 kg).

When we think about Paris, we seldom think about its catacombs. However, if you really want to be somewhere quirky in the city, visiting the catacombs is a must as it can go down up to 65 ft (20 m) into the ground. There is a dedicated secretive community of cataphiles in Paris that contains people who roam around in these underground tunnels, and this is seriously one of the coolest facts about the city.

Another one of the Paris facts that you should know is about the beautifully decorated metro stations of Paris. The Arts et Métiers metro station is especially known for being design like a submarine. Other than that, you can also visit the Louvre-Rivoli metro station to check out the replicas of original artworks that are present in the Louvre museum. However, on line 12, you can find the Concorde station which has tiled walls that spell out the Declaration of the Rights of Man in form of a search puzzle.

Even though Paris is far away from the sea, it still has beaches by the River Seine, and you can sit on a lawn chair on one of these beaches to have a nice time. The city even has a beach festival of its own during the two months of summer when everyone around the city enjoys the beautiful river.

Places To Visit In Paris

Well, we have to say that there is more to Paris than just the Eiffel Tower. One of the true Paris facts is that the whole city is viewable, so you shouldn't miss out on Paris fun by just visiting a few of the places. The best way to see the city is through the Paris metro, which is also the fastest way to get around the city, and the metro system has more than 300 metro stations making it one of the most extensive and famous metro systems. Moreover, within the city limits of Paris, there are around 130 museums, so there won't be a dearth of places to visit.

You should definitely drop by the Eiffel Tower to mainly see its light show, but we have to recommend the Louvre Museum as the must-visit site of Paris. On entering the Louvre Museum you will be transported to another world which contains famous pieces like Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa or Venus de Milo by Alexandros of Antioch. It is the second-largest art museum in the world and here you can also see the iconic glass pyramid. Apart from the Mona Lisa, this museum has over 480,000 pieces of art, and it was once a palace where the French kings resided.

Coming away from the museum, another must-visit spot is the Notre Dame Cathedral which is an icon of French gothic architecture style. In 2019, a fire destroyed a huge chunk of the Notre Dame Cathedral, but it's still standing tall. Apart from that, you should also visit the Sacré Coeur or The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris. Visit the Arc de Triomphe to commemorate the soldiers who fought in the Napoleonic wars, as well as the other wars caused as a consequence of the French Revolution.

Make sure to visit the Pont Neuf, or the New Bridge, and the fun fact is that it is one of the oldest bridges in Paris. However, the name New Bridge stuck to it, and standing on it you will get a great view of the River Seine. One of the best things about this bridge is the macarons or stone masks strewn around the bridge. Have a look at all the beautiful 381 masks and each mask is distinct from the other. And, when you are done looking at the obelisk present at the Place de la Concorde square of Paris, take some time to go around the town as every street in Paris is beautiful and there are a lot of hidden stories waiting for you to discover.

Foods To Try In Paris

Apart from knowing about the iconic monuments like the Eiffel Tower and the Notre Dame Cathedral, another thing to know is the facts about Paris food. Paris has the power to give you a total gastronomical experience because it's the city of chocolate, love, and wine.

One of the interesting facts about Paris is that the city is known for the different patisserie shops that are strewn around the city. Yes, you will definitely wake up and eat the usual French baguette and croissant, and everything in Paris has to end on a sweet note, either with chocolate or something like a filling cream puff. Don't even think about forgetting the French macaroon, or macarons, known for their soft fillings.

As the city that lays awake at the night, Paris is known for its love for wine, and with that comes cheese and its varieties. You can find cheese shops all around the city, and they will always have something new to offer. Comté is regarded as the favorite cheese of France, and it's highly recommended to visit a cheese shop to indulge in the different tastes like that of the brie or the camembert.

However, if you're more of a street food aficionado, then Paris definitely has a lot of options. The most famous among them has to be the shop L’As Du Fallafel found on Rue des Rosiers. This shop is often crowded with locals and tourists who enjoy biting into its flavorful and crispy falafels. To have a more immersing experience, it's necessary to take a trip to the Rue Mouffetard area to seek out a small crepe shop called Oroyona that serves a wide assortment of crepes.

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Written by Akinwalere Olaleye

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature

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Akinwalere OlaleyeBachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature

As a highly motivated, detail-oriented, and energetic individual, Olaleye's expertise lies in administrative and management operations. With extensive knowledge as an Editor and Communications Analyst, Olaleye excels in editing, writing, and media relations. Her commitment to upholding professional ethics and driving organizational growth sets her apart. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Benin, Edo State. 

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