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Fun facts about Paris

Paris, also known as La Ville Lumière (the City of Lights) is famous for fine cuisine, fabulous fashion and breathtaking architecture. It’s hard not to fall in love with this city, but can you picture France’s capital with a different name or even without the Eiffel Tower? Believe it or not, Paris was once called “Lutetia” and the Eiffel Tower was only supposed to be a temporary installation.

Thinking about venturing to Paris with your students (on an EF tour, bien sûr)? First, learn more about the City of Light with these fun facts about Paris.

And if you’re ready to start planning an educational adventure, take a look at our school trips to France.

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Editor’s note (2020): This piece has been updated for clarity, accuracy, and relevance.

Brittany Geoffroy

Brittany is a Marketing Manager for EF Educational Tours. She loves traveling to new places, dumplings, and anything and everything related to Asia. Her favorite city in the world is Taipei. But be careful asking her about it or you may be convinced to go!

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