7 Surprising Facts About Paris

7 Surprising Facts About ParisThere are a million and one reasons to adore Paris (The Eiffel Tower! The Lourve! The fashion!) but these little-known tidbits make The City of Light all the more interesting. If you’ve ever wondered how Paris earned its brightest nickname or why the Eiffel Tower was built, here are 7 facts that’ll leave even native Parisians impressed.

1. London and New York might be part of the popular crew, but Paris is Queen Bee. With an average of 25 million visitors per year, this bustling French city remains THE most-visited across the globe.

2. Beat by a mouse? Even the Eiffel Tower can’t stand against the tourist-trapping behemoth that is Disneyland, which at 13 million visitors per year, is Paris’ most popular attraction.  

3. Speaking of the Eiffel Tower, Gustave Eiffel’s creation was meant to be scrapped after its construction for the 1889 World Exhibition. Despite aversion from Parisians, the structure survived to become one of the city’s most beloved features.

4. The Eiffel Tower can rock an impossible number of glistening lights, but this sparkling spectacle isn’t how Paris earned the nickname The City of Light. You can thank an artist for the moniker “La Ville-Lumière”, as the name stuck during the Age of Enlightenment when creative types from across the globe flocked to Paris. It continued to prove fitting as the city’s avenues became lined with gas lamps.

5. There’s a good reason why the French are known as sensual. According to The Durex Global Sex Survey, the country’s citizens have more sex than people in 21 other nations. No wonder why those Parisians look so darn happy!

6. The Parisians are barking mad –at least when it comes to dogs. The canine population of approximately 300,000 actually outnumbers the city’s children. Woof!

7. The Lourve boasts over 35 thousand pieces of art and would take a visitor ten months to view in entirety. What better excuse to spend MORE time in Paris?

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