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Walking Tour of Paris
By:Butler Weldon

Paris, a place known by many as the city of lovers, known for its classy and stylish lifestyle, is a destination where couples of different ages visit and travel to the most. But where can we find Paris - it is located at 48 degrees 51 minutes north latitude and 2 degrees 21 minutes east longitude. Paris is the largest city of France and at the same time it is its capital. The said city can be found at the northern region of France near Seine River. Its history can hold up to 2,500 years of stories to tell and share with others. It came from a small Gallic settlement, in which fishing was the main source of livelihood, to which it grew to a multicultural capital of modern European state. In the course of its growth, it became a commercial, cultural and industrial center, thus contributing to its diverse and unique culture and heritage. Paris was once conquered by Julius Caesar in 52 BC, and existed as a regional center under the Romans and up to the early Middle Ages. In the year 987, Hugh Capet, the Count of Paris, became the king of France and it is during his rule that Paris was established as the capital of France.

After knowing the progressive history of Paris, let us now walk through its beautiful and captivating tourist destinations. First stop would be The Louvre, it is a museum known for having a vast and diverse collection of artifacts. It would simply leave you awe-struck with the artifacts that you will see. The museum can be found in the Louvre Palace which is the former seat of French Royalty and was known at first as a medieval fortress and had evolve to a now known public art museum. Next stop would be the Notre Dame Cathedral, which is found on the eastern side of Ile de la Cite. It is one of the two natural islands in the Seine River within the city of Paris. The cathedral is known to be the most stunning and famous gothic cathedral in the world. Its construction started in the 12th century and was completed by the 14th century. Climbing the towers of the cathedral will enable you to have a gargoyle's view of Paris and in which will take your breath away.

Another stop would be the most recognized icon of Paris, The Eiffel Tower. Built in 1889 for the World Exposition, it faced numerous commentaries to the point that it was almost torn down. However, it was finally embraced by the people as a symbol of a modern and elegant Paris. The tower has three floors, all of which are open to the public and offers a different perspective about the tower and of Paris. The next stop would be the Arc de Triomphe, which is located at the west end of the Avenue des Champs-Elysees. It is regarded as a symbol of Parisian pomp and elegance all over the world. It is built by the Emperor Napoleon in 1806 for it symbolizes France's military prowess. It stands at 50 meters high or 164 feet. It depicts the joyful and dark memories of Paris.

There are so much more to see in the beautiful and elegant city of Paris, there are more to walk through the diverse metropolitan. So, visit and have a walking tour of Paris and experience all the wonders it has to offer.

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