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Paris, France

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Introduction, History, Culture 

Paris is the capital and largest city of France. It’s located on the Seine in the country’s north, it is a major cultural and political centre of Europe. The city of Paris is also widely referred to as the “most romantic city in the world.”

Paris was founded around the end of the 3rd century BC by the Gauls who were called Parisii. In 52 BC Julius Caesar’s legions conquered the territory. Christianity was introduced in the second century AD. In 508 Clovis I established Paris as the capital of the kingdom.

The Middle Ages was a period of great prosperity for the city of Paris. The Hundred Years’ War broke out between Norman England and the Capetians of France in the 14th century, which ended with the defeat of France in 1415 and English rule over Paris. It was only thanks to Joan of Arc that around the middle of the 1400’s the English were driven out and Paris was reconquered. In 1804 the Pope crowned him Emperor of the French. The Nazi occupation of the capital in 1940 was a sad time in French history. They controlled Paris until its liberation on 25 August 1944. At the end of the war, Paris reconquered its role as promoter of innovation.

During the 1980’s, president François Mitterand started the so-called “grands projects”, a series of significant city planning projects which brought Paris into the third millennium.

 

Reference:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Paris/introduction

To Do/ Not to do

•        Book a furnished apartment.

•        Don’t book the cheapest hotel.

•        Enjoy dinner and a view.

•        Don’t waste too much time at Eiffel tower.

•        Find the real Paris on canal St. Martin.

•        Don’t seek out Bohemian Ambience on the left bank.

•        Don’t get around town in a cab.

•        Take a crash course in French style.

•        Don’t spend all day at the Louvre or Musee d’Orsay.

•        Have your dinner a la mode.

•        Don’t get starstruck at mealtime.

•        Don’t shop on the Champs-Elysees.

•        Arc de Triomphe ; It’s the best place to admire the taut geometry of Paris’s urban plan, devised by Napoleon III’s . You can also see the Eiffel Tower from here.

•        Le Fumoir ; Le Fumoir serves brunch and dinner daily, and stays open late for a fine martini — or three. Le Fumoir serves brunch and dinner daily, and stays open late for a fine martini or three.

•        Musée de l’Orangerie ;The gallery’s appeal lies in part in a pleasing sense of scale, it doesn’t crowd too much together, but gives the works on offer their due.

•        Don’t limit yourself to the grand magasins.

•        Don’t plan any meal in tourists’ area.

•        Don’t skip the smaller museums.

•        Don’t avoid the metro.

•        Don’t stay inside the city limits.

•        Don’t be afraid to eat.

•        Don’t skip pre trip planning.

 

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effiel_tower_at_dawn_from_gettyimagesPlaces to visit

•        Eiffel Tower:  Presents an excellent photography opportunity for both day and night times. Visitors can ride the elevator to see incredible views of the city or dine in one of the two fine restaurants that are situated within the tower.

•        Louvre: Topping the list of the world’s most visited museums, the Louvre Museum is located in the Louvre Palace with its signature glass pyramid marking its entrance.

•        Arc de Triomphe : One of the most popular tourist attractions in Paris, the Arc de Triomphe was constructed in 1806 to memorialize the triumphal battles of Napoleon Bonaparte. Standing 164 feet high and 148 feet (50 by 45 meters) wide.Beneath the arch is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from the first world war.

•        Sacre-Coeur : One of the most noticeable landmarks in Paris is the striking white-domed basilica of the Sacre-Coeur. Situated at the city’s highest point on Montmartre hill, this stunning basilica draws many tourists every year to see its marble architecture and gorgeous interior. A tour awards visitors with views of gold mosaics, stained-glass windows and one of the world’s largest clocks.

•        Jardin du Luxembourg : Known in English as the Luxembourg Gardens, this public park is the second largest in Paris. Visitors here can picnic or stroll leisurely among beautiful lawns, formal gardens and fruit orchards that feature many artistic statues and fountains. For fun and sport, there are jogging paths, tennis courts and fitness equipment. Children can play in the huge playground, ride ponies, watch a puppet show and sail model boats in a pond.

•        Musee d’Orsay : A must-do for art lovers, the Musee d’Orsay is known for housing the world’s premier collection of impressionist paintings. Located in a former railway station, this grand museum showcases thousands of art works and objects that cover a period between the mid-1800s and the early 1900s.

•        Centre Pompidou : Designed in the style of high-tech architecture, Centre Pompidou is a cultural institution in the Beaubourg area of the 4th arrondissement. It houses a vast public library, the Musée National d’Art Moderne which is the largest museum for modern art in Europe, a bookshop, a movie theater and a panoramic terrace.

•        Sainte-Chapelle : Begun sometime after 1239, the Sainte-Chapelle is considered among the highest achievements of Gothic architecture. Its construction was commissioned by King Louis IX of France.

•        Place de la Concorde : At the east end of the Champs-Elysées is Place de la Concorde, the largest square in Paris with fantastic vistas in every direction.

Reference:

http://www.touropia.com/tourist-attractions-in-paris/

 

Events  of year with date

Top Events

•                    JANUARY

Maison et Objet : The Maison & Objet trade show, an important international event for interior design and decoration in the home. It brings together all the professions linked to home decoration and design.

Winter Sales : Every year, the Winter Sales begin on the second Wednesday in January, except if that day falls after the 12th of the month, in which case the Sales begin on the first Wednesday in January. Duration: 5 months.

•        FEBRUARY

Chinese New Year : The Chinese community in Paris, for the most part resident in the 13th “arrondissement”, holds its New Year celebrations. There is a spectacular and colourful parade, with dragons, music and traditional costumes.

Valentine’s Day: 14 February.

Paris Carnival : Festive air in the Paris streets with festiva walk, performances, musical parade… Carnaval de Paris takes place every year between the beginning of February and mid-March.

Salon international de l’agriculture : Annual trade show dedicated to agricultural services and professions. It is the biggest agricultural fair in France. Venue: Parc des expositions de la porte de Versailles.

•  MARCH

Paris Book Fair : Annual trade show dedicated to book publishing industry.

•  APRIL

        Paris Marathon : Bringing together as many as 30,000 participants, representing over 70 countries, to cover the famous 42.195 km around the most prestigious points in the capital.

        Foire du Trône funfair : end March to end May.

A huge and celebrated funfair, situated on the Reuilly field in 12th “arrondissement”, it offers big wheels, spectacular and thrilling rides, traditional roundabouts (wooden horses, dodgems, etc.), haunted houses, shooting ranges to win cuddly toys, sweet stalls, waffles…

•                    MAY

        Long Night of Museums : The Long Night of Museums (or the Night of Museums) is a cultural event where a group of museums and cultural institutions in an area cooperate to remain open late into the night to introduce themselves to new potential patrons.

        Roland Garros : Tennis tournament played on outdoor clay courts. It consisted of events for professional players in singles, doubles and mixed doubles play. Junior and wheelchair players also took part in singles and doubles events.

•                    JUNE

        Fête de la Musique : Free concerts throughout the city. Music of all kinds, from classical to techno, rock to world music, can be heard at every street corner.

        Paris Air Show le Bourget : More commonly known as the Salon du Bourget, Paris Air Show, or SIAE. This is one of the most important international events for showcasing aeronautical and spatial equipment and takes place at Le Bourget airport.

        Summer Sales : Every year, the summer sales begin on the last Wednesday in June, except if this falls after the 28th in which case the Sales begin on the next to the last Wednesday of the month. Duration: 5 weeks.

•                    JULY AND AUGUST

        Bastille Day : 14 July

The French National holiday celebrates 14 July 1789 and the French Revolution.  In Paris and all over France, this major popular celebration is witness to spectacular firework displays and fun-filled dances on the evening of 13 July.

•                    SEPTEMBER

        Maison et Objet : Maison et Objet is a major French trade fair for interior design.a huge collection of innovation and talent all in one place. Venue: Paris Nord Villepinte.

        Paris Motor Show : The Paris Motor Show  is a biennial auto show in Paris. Held around October, it is one of the most important auto shows.

        Paris Fashion Week : Paris Fashion Week is a clothing trade show held semi-annually in Paris with Spring / Summer and Autumn / Winter events held each year. Dates are determined by the French Fashion Federation.

        Techno Parade : mid-September.

Electronic music fills the streets of Paris for this big parade. The young and young-at-heart come here to dance around the numerous floats.

•                    OCTOBER

        FIAC Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain :  This art fair is a hub for international gallery owners, collectors, curators, museum directors and personalities from the international contemporary art world.

SIAL – Global food Market Place : The ‘Salon international de l’alimentation’ is a professional trade show for the food industry. It takes place every two years .And its  the world’s largest food exhibition.

        Fête des vendanges de Montmartre :Its time period starts from 1st or 2nd weekend in October.

Montmartre holds its harvest festival for its little square of vineyards and the arrival of the latest vintage. An opportunity for a cheerful celebration.

•                    NOVEMBER

        Batimat : BATIMAT provides a powerful boost for the spread of new products through the building market and a real springboard for manufacturers who are launching innovations.

•                    DECEMBER

        Christmas in Paris : This is when you’ll find Christmas markets, ice rinks, decorated windows displays at the department stores, illuminations along the main avenues in paris.

Autumn Festival in Paris : Autum festival starts from 07 September 2016 to 31 December 2016.

Reference:

http://en.convention.parisinfo.com/latest-news/agenda/top-events-paris

Top Schools

 

 

Lycée Fénelon

Lycée Louis le Grand

Lycée Henri IV

Collège Lycée Charlemagne

Lycée Montaigne

Notre Dame de Sion

Collège Pierre de Ronsard

Cite Scolaire Paul Bert

Collège Privé Charles Péguy

Ensemble Scolaire Eugène Napoléon – St Pierre Fourier

Best  Hotels/Fast Foods

        BEST HOTELS

•        Hotel France Albion

•        Hotel Monge

•        La Reserve Paris – Hotel and Spa

•        Hotel Saint-Marc

•        Hotel La Tamise

•        Maison Souquet

•        Le Bristol Paris

•        Mandarin Oriental, Paris

•        Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris

FAST FOODS

•        Bioburger

•        Loulou’ Friendly Diner

•        Burger et Fils

•        Chipotle Mexican Grill

•        Maoz

•        Pret A Manger

Reference:

 

Holidays and Festivals

        HOLIDAYS

•        1 January: New Year’s Day

•        Between 22 March and 25 April: Easter Monday

•        1 May: Labour Day

•        8 May: Victory 1945

•        20 May: Ascension

•        30 May: Whit Monday

•        14 July: Bastille Day

•        15 August: Assumption Day

•        1 November: All Saints’ Day

•        11 November: Armistice 1918

•        25 December: Christmas Day

        FESTIVALS

Rock en Seine : This three-day rock festival takes place every year at the vast grassy expanse known as the Domaine National de St. Cloud just outside the city limits, attracting thousands of people, whether ardent fans or summer dabblers. You can buy tickets for all three days or for just one or two. Rock en Seine remains Paris’ most coveted summer music festival.

Fete de la Musique (Paris Street Music Festival) :Inaugurated in 2002, Paris Beach (or “Paris Plages” in French) is a free summer event that transforms several spots in Paris into full-fledged beaches, each with a distinct theme. The brainchild of Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe, well-known for launching ambitious municipal events, Paris Plage, which was initially criticized by some as costly and frivolous, has become a permanent fixture in the Parisian summertime scene.

Bastille Day Celebrations on July 14th : Every July 14th, France celebrates its “Fete Nationale”– Bastille Day, marking the beginning of the French Revolution with the storming of the Bastille prison.

Open-Air Cinema at the Parc de la Villette : Every summer, Parisians traipse to the ultramodern Parc de la Villette in northern Paris with blankets and folding chairs to take advantage of celluloid in the breeze.

Humanity Festival: The month of September is the month of the Huma Festival. ‘Huma’ for Humanity, the famous media outfit of the French Communist Party founded in 1904 by Jean Jaurès. On the agenda are concerts, meetings, debates and exhibitions in the most conducive environment.

Harvest Festival: fashion show, concerts, shows, film projections, exhibitions, workshops, guided tours, excursions, wine-tasting, taste trails with passionate artisans and producers, not forgetting the firework fired at the foot of the Sacré-Cœur.

Reference:

http://en.parisinfo.com/practical-paris/useful-info/holiday-periods-celebrations-public-holidays/french-public-holidays

http://goparis.about.com/od/artyevents/tp/paris-summer-festivals.htm

How to Travel

•        Cycling in paris

•        Public transport

•        Taxis in paris

•        Driving in paris

•        Paris by air

•        Rail travel to and from paris

•        Guided walks around paris

•        Bateaux-Mouches

•        Paris Metro

Reference:

timeout dot com

Visa and Travel Operators

Depending on the purpose of your travel to France, there are different types of visas that will apply to the occasion. Whether you are planning to go on a visit, study or work and reside there permanently, you will have to apply for a different France Schengen Visa, accordingly.

Multi Travel Visas Ltd is a specialist visa company, we had been accredited by the French Consulate for years (number A2011/107) until visa submission process had been transferred to TLS visa centre,  we are now an accredited agency with the visa centre and use a separate system for appointments and submission for the accredited agencies.

Reference:

http://www.schengenvisainfo.com/france-visa/

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