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Paris is Always a Good Idea
I have to tell you, I’m writing my blog to you from outside on my porch. I worked painstakingly hard with my Dad to fix it up over the past few months. It had really been neglected over the past few years.
So, Dad and I worked together to fix broken steps - they literally had holes in them - and re-stain the floor. We even re-painted the wicker furniture so it looks nearly brand new.
Who says a woman needs a husband - my Dad taught me and my sister no differently than he would have, if he had sons. And we are the luckier for it! In fact, I am teaching my two daughters to be handy so they too, can be independent one day.
But, I digress. So, I decided to enjoy my lovely side porch. And wouldn’t you know it - as soon as I put the cushions out on the newly painted furniture, the sky became dark and it began to rain. I LOVE IT!!!! And if that’s not crazy enough, I totally LOVE the sound of thunder!! None so far, but hopefully, we’ll get some soon!
The cool breeze coupled with the rustling in the breeze and of course, the lovely sound of the rain coming down gently all around! So peaceful and relaxing. The perfect way to sit and write!
Now, if you happened to catch Tanya’s blog yesterday (Magical Anniversary Trip Day 4) you would see that her last day in London was a rainy one, which she was absolutely thrilled about. What is it about us cousins, that we enjoy the rain so much.
Reminds me of our WET DAY in Vienna last Summer on Mariahilfer Strasse.
Well, as of yesterday, Tanya was officially in her second European city - Paris, France!
I cannot express how much I love Paris!! One of my favorite cities in the world. Having been there three times, I’m most happy about the fact that I exposed my girls to this amazing and historical city at a young age and as a result, they both LOVE IT and cannot wait to return!!
So, guess what I’m going to share with you… you guessed it...
16 Historical & Fun Facts about Paris, France
1. Île de la Cité is the birthplace of Paris over 2000 years ago.
2. Lutecia, as Paris was then called, became Roman in 52 BC and was a prosperous town of about 8 000 inhabitants until 280 when Lutecia was first destroyed by barbarians.
3. During the roman times, Lyon was the capital of France, then named the Gaul.
4. The only remarkable remains of these times are the Roman Baths in the Musee de Cluny, the museum of middleages and the Lutecia Arenas.
5. Since 508 A.D, Paris is the capital of France, a member of the European Union, the largest country of Western Europe with 550,000 square kilometers and the second country in population behind Germany with 66 million inhabitants.
6. In 1328, Paris, the capital of France, was the most populous city of Europe.
7. Until 1358, the french Kings had their Palace in La Conciergerie on Ile de la Cite. They then moved to the Louvre, a fortress at the time.
8. Under King Louis XIV Paris was extended to Le Marais and Les Invalides and the Royal residence was moved from The Louvre to the ornate Versailles Palace near Paris.
9. The French revolution started on July 14th with the taking of La Bastille prison which was then demolished. It lead to the fall of the monarchy in 1792, new liberties for the French people, but also wars, mass executions and the beheading of King Louis XVI on Place de la Concorde in 1793.
10. The Eiffel Tower was built for the 1889 world exhibition. It was the world's tallest building until 1930.
11. Known throughout the world as the "City of Light,” referring to the intellectuals and high-concentration of writers, artists and academics that have always been drawn to the city.
12. All the trees in Paris are referenced and measured. And there are 470,000 of them.
13. Paris has approximately 2.3 million inhabitants.
14. The main bell in the Notre Dame Cathedral weighs over 13 tonnes. And it's called Emmanuel.
15. There are 6,100 streets in Paris
16. There are 1,784 bakeries in Paris.
Oh, to be in Paris now!!!
Hope it's a wonderful Sunday for you!!
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