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Hidden History and Hidden Gems

A View Into the Heart and Gems of the City

A painting of two lovers in Paris as the trees blossom. 

Hidden History

Paris, France is one of the most beautiful places that you can visit. It is known as the “city of lights” and the “city of love.” There are however many things that most people know because some things have been buried in history. One thing is that Paris was founded in the 3rd century but the city was actually named Lutetia. At the time the residence would call themselves Parisii which gave Paris the name it has now. Paris was built by a Celtic tribe. The Romans conquered the Parisii in 52 AD where they built a small town along the River Seine. Then when the 3rd century was nearly over the region was turned to Christianity. The Roman Empire, however, was slowly losing in power. Soon the Franks took over Paris and the town quickly blossomed like a morning glory in the morning. Then in 845 Vikings tried to take control but the French king paid them 7,000 pounds of pure silver to leave. Soon in the middle ages Paris grew quickly and became one of the most known and largest towns in the entire area of Europe. Then to protect the city a wall was built by King Philippe-Auguste through 1180-1223). Paros was a great place for inland trades and soon the Paris University which was known to have some of the best scholars. The most known and well famous cathedral in Paris was built now known as the Cathedral de Notre Dame. In 1338 there was literally a war that lasted a 100 years. This terrible was known as the Black Death. When Paris recovered and 1528 King Francois quickly moved his court to town. In 1589 King Henry 3 was having his son take over but quickly people didn't accept it and the young son had to fight for his right to his own throne. King Henry the 4th built the Pont Neuf in 1607 but was quickly assassinated by a Catholic in 1610 but his wife did build the Palais de Luxembourg. The Palais Royal was built in 1629 by Cardinal Richelieu. The Revolution which broke out in 1789. On the 14th of July in 1789 the Parisians seized all the guns and any protection and the governor was forced to surrender.

Hidden Gems

There are many hidden gems in the city of Paris, France. One of them that is a must visit is the Ballon Air de Paris located at the heart of the city where the young and the old can float in a balloon up in the air. This gives you a view of the capital. The air balloon rises to an altitude of 150 meters and is filled with 6000 m^3 of Helium and of course, is attached to the ground by a cable. Also, the balloon color changed depending on air quality and pollution levels, this shows the quality of the air through it hues of many colors. (Green means good quality, orange means medium quality, and red means bad quality). Another hidden gem id Bois de Boulogne. It was once a hunting ground for the Kings of France but now it is a boating area to be exact a super romantic area. The water there is very calming and secluded. The trees are amazing and it's much different than the big lights and loud noises around the city. My last but by far most amazing gems in Paris, France is Musee du Luxembourg is an art museum located in the east wing of the Luxembourg Palace and in 1818 it was the first museum to ever be in Paris, France. The paintings range from Nicolas Poussin to Jacques-Louis David. Most paintings in there are made by artists from 1818-1937.

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