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Where is Paris?

So where exactly is Paris? Located strategically, the city is in northern central France, surrounded by lush natural beauty and fantastic historical cities. It lies on the Seine River, which runs in a curve between Paris, and divides it into two parts. Paris is the centre of one of France’s most important region, the Île-de-France. It was originally called the région parisienne but the name was changed to Île-de-France. The climate of Paris is mild, since it is affected by the North Atlantic Current.

Paris isn’t the only city in the region. Other departments include Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-et-Marne, Val-d'Oise, Seine-Saint-Denis, Val-de-Marne, and Yvelines; however, Paris is easily the most prominent of these. The river plays a large part in Parisian culture and architecture. There are also two islands located within the city limits, Île de la Cité and Île Saint-Louis. The city is divided into twenty arrondissements. Paris is very important but it is not a large city when talking about the area as it is only the 13th largest municipality in France.

Once you are in Paris, you will not have a hard time navigating the city. Remember one thing though. When someone mentions left side of the Seine or right side, they mean when you are facing downriver. The Eiffel Tower is located in Champ de Mars. In front of the Eiffel Tower is a bridge, upon crossing which you will be at Jardins Du Trocadero (Trocadero Gardens). In the gardens there are more Paris attractions, such as Palais de Chaillot, Librairie boutique du musée national de la Marine, Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine, Homme Museum, and much more. If you want to have a good time at a club, go to the Champs-Elysées area. Some of the most famous Parisian bars and clubs are located here.

Paris is close to some other important cities of France. Versailles is the closest such city, being just 24 kilometers away by road. Chartres is the next closest city, at a distance of around 90km by road. Reims is another important city, and is 144.2 km away from Paris by road. The two huge parks Bois de Vincennes and Bois de Boulogne are also officially annexed to Paris. Paris is said to be located in the Paris Basin segment of the Seine River, and the sediments left behind by the river were used for construction of the city. Paris can be reached on road, train, boat, or airplane.

Cathedrale Notre Dame

Cathédrale Notre-Dame

Cathédrale Notre-Dame (Notre-Dame Cathedral) is one of the most beautiful Cathedrals in France, due to its gothic architecture in addition to some detailed elements representing the renaissance era. The inside of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame (Notre ...

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

At the time when Paris was the benchmark that changed the world of painting and modern art, the Eiffel Tower was intended to be the flagship of the 1889 World's Fair in Paris to accommodate the first world exhibition and to celebrate the ...

Champs de Mars

Champs de Mars

Champ de Mars is one of the largest public places in Paris. Ling between the Eiffel Tower and the École Militaire, it is a very common venue for public events. Most people end up visiting this place just to see Eiffel Tower, but we strongly ...

Place du Trocadero

Place du Trocadéro

Place du Trocadero is one of those places where you go not for the area itself, but for the view. If you haven't read about this place you will be puzzled by the number of tourists here. This is one of the most common places for tourists to flock ...

Pont de l Alma Alma Bridge

Pont de l’Alma (Alma Bridge)

Built in the 18th century on the orders of Napoleon III, the Pont de l’Alma is an arch bridge in western part of Paris crossing the Seine. The place was named to honor the Battle of Alma during the Crimean War, in which the Russian army was ...

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

If the Eiffel Tower did not exist, the Arc de Triomphe would be the landmark used to denote Paris everywhere. It was inaugurated in 1836 and has been an important piece of the city’s landscape, while it offers some of the best things to do in ...