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The Eiffel Tower at sunset
The Eiffel Tower at sunset
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Paris is the capital city of France. It is located in the north central part of the country, and is situated on the river Seine. With a city population of a little over 2 million, and near 10 million in the surrounding area, it is the third largest metro area in Europe after Moscow and London.

Sometimes known as the "City of Lights", Paris is a major tourist destination, and is renowned for its architecture, cafes, and museums, as well as its food and culture. It is also known for being one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world.

Some of the major attractions in the city are the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, Sacré Coeur, Sainte Chapelle, Pantheon, and the Chateau de Versailles. There is also the Père-Lachaise Cemetery where Jim Morrison is buried, and the Catacombs where bones are stored from the overflowing Paris cemeteries. If you're into museums, there is the world famous Louvre, as well as a Picasso Museum and a Rodin Museum.

Getting around in Paris is fairly easy, as it is a good walking or biking city. There is also a good subway system, called the Métro.

If you are wondering about the friendliness of Parisians becaues you have heard they have a reputation of being rude, just approach them with courtesy. Be polite, and try to initiate conversations in French, or at least with a friendly greeting. Assuming people speak English or not being polite is a sure way to not get any help. Also, young people may be more likely to speak English, and therefore more willing to go out of their way for you.

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