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City of Paris Part 1

“Paris is always a good idea.” – Audrey Hepburn

The 20 arrondissements in Paris start at the heart of the city and continue in numerical order in a spiral fashion, just like a snail or escargot!

The two river islands Île-Saint-Louis and Île-de-la-Cité, as well as the rest of the 4th arrondissement, are the oldest areas of Paris.

There are 6,100 rues – or streets – in Paris; the shortest one, Rue des Degrés, is just 5.75 metres long and can be found in the 2nd arrondissement.

The Seine River cuts Paris into two islands.

On opposite sides of its banks are the Île-Saint-Louis and the Île de la Cité, with the latter being the larger side. These parts make up the oldest portions of the city.

Paris has around 6,100 streets.

The longest one is the Rue de Vaugirard at 4.3 kilometers or 2.7 miles. On the other hand, Rue des Degrés of the 2nd arrondissement is the shortest at 5.75 meters or 18.7 feet.

All 20 arrondissements of Paris had different names in the past.

Arrondissements are what Parisians call administrative districts. Unlike their current numerical monickers, these districts used to have wordy names. The 11th, for instance, used to be ‘Arrondissement de Popincourt’ while the 13th was ‘Arrondissement des Gobelins’.

Les Misérables author Victor Hugo lived in the 16th Arrondissement of Paris.

The particular road of his residence was named after him. Moreover, it was per an unwritten law in France stating that every city in the country must have a street named after the author.

Built from 1806 to 1836, the Arc de Triomphe honors the people who fought for France, most notably those who battled in the Napoleonic Wars. The construction is also in dedication to the victory of the First Empire and Revolution French armies.

The Palais Garnier has water underneath its floors.

When Charles Garnier initiated the then-Opéra de Paris in 1862, he realized that he built the foundations on swampy ground. Later on, Garnier decided to block infiltrations by creating a concrete liner and filling it with water.

Today, the 10,000 square meter-lake is inaccessible to the public as it serves as training waters for the Paris fire brigade scuba divers.

The largest market in Europe is the Marché de Rungis in Paris.

Founded in 1110. The Marché now stands in the 2nd arrondissement. Its total land area exceeds that of the Principality of Monaco.

The oldest house in Paris dates back to 1407.

Its location is at the 3rd arrondissement, on 51. Rue de Montmorency.

'Fluctuat Ner Mergitur' is the motto of Paris.

Its Latin translation is ‘Tossed but not sunk’, in reference to a ship."[She] is tossed [by the waves], but does not sink").

Île Saint-Louis named after Louis IX King of France November 8, 1226 to August 25, 1270.

Saint-Louis en l'Île, a Roman catholic church built in 1664. Loyola Marymount University Choir

Berthillon – luxury ice cream.

Galeries Lafayette

The flagship Galeries Lafayette store was unveiled in all its glory at its inauguration in October 1912.

The banister of the magnificent staircase, inspired by the Paris Opera House, was designed by Louis Majorelle, who is also credited with the ironwork featured on the balconies.

The dome, rising to a height of 43 metres, soon became the iconic symbol of Galeries Lafayette. Master glass-maker Jacques Gruber was responsible for designing the Neo-byzantine style stained glass windows.

The Haussmann department store is the second top tourist attraction, after the Eiffel Tower.

From our 9-metre long walkway suspended 16 metres high in mid-air, you can get right into the middle of the dome from the 3rd floor of the main store.

Hyatt Regency Paris Étoile

Paris' One-and-Only Skyscraper Hotel with Breathtaking Views of the City

After two years of total transformation, discover the brand new Hyatt Regency Paris Étoile: the city's only skyscraper hotel offering spectacular views over Paris and its most beautiful monuments, from the Eiffel Tower to the Arc de Triomphe.

Ideally located between the business district of La Défense and the Champs-Elysées, the hotel is directly connected to the Palais des Congrès Paris, its shopping center, theater, restaurants, and parking.

Windo Skybar, a panoramic bar located on the 34th floor of the one-and-only skyscraper hotel in Paris.

Inventive cocktails, rare champagnes by the glass, tapas prepared by the chef, and above all, stunning panoramas over Paris. An ideal rendez-vous with the City of Lights.

Regency Club

Located on the 34th floor, the Regency Club offers a panoramic view of Paris. You will be able to have breakfast there as well as the aperitif.

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