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 France is the third largest country in Europe. It borders with Belgium and Luxembourg to the northeast; Germany, Switzerland and Italy to the east; and Spain and Andorra to the southwest.

© Irene. Not for download. Please, visit Graphics by Irene if you like this graphic.The country occupies an area of 543,965 km2 and its population is estimated in more than 58,333,000 people (1998).

The language is the French and the currency was the French franc (FRF) until the beginning of 2002, now it is the Euro. Twelve Member States of the European Union are participating in the common currency. They are: Belgium, Germany, Greece, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Austria, Portugal and Finland.

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Paris, in north central France, is the capital and largest city of the country. It is located in the Île-de-France region, on the Seine River, 370 km (230 mi) upstream from the river's outlet on the English Channel.

It is the political, cultural and economic center of France as well as one of the most vibrant metropolises in the world. About 15 percent of France's inhabitants live in the Paris metropolitan area.

Picture scanned from a postcard I bought at the shop located in the Eiffel Tower.

 Paris is named after the Parisii, a Celtic people who settled on the city's central island - the Île de la Cité - in the 3rd century BC. The city has since spread north and south of the Seine. The city lies in a depression. The highest elevation is 129 m (423 ft) at the summit of Montmartre in northern Paris.

Paris is known as the “City of Lights” for its world-renowned beauty and charm. People from around the world visit Paris every year to see its beautiful monuments and museums, savor its cuisine and relax in its sidewalk and cafes.

Since I was a little kid, France was, from all countries of the world, the one I had more curiosity to visit. I have always loved the French language, which I learned when I was 14 years old, and going to Paris was one of my greatest dreams and it came true in 1999.

As a big and ancient city, Paris has a large number of interesting places to visit, beautiful things to see and lots of things to learn. I spent a whole week in Paris and I must say that it was far from being enough to see everything. There are so many monuments, museums etc and when you think you have seen a lot, there is still more to see.

Picture scanned from a postcard I bought at the shop located in the Eiffel Tower.


Some monuments and nice places to visit at Paris are: Tour Eiffel, Parc du Champs-de-Mars, Trocadéro, Arc-de-Triomphe, Cathédrale Notre-Dame, Tour Montparnasse, Centre Georges Pompidou, Panthéon, Concièrgérie, Hotel des Invalides, Hôtel de Ville, Assemblée Nationale, Opéra Garnier, Opéra de la Bastille, Grand Palais, Petit Palais, Musée du Louvre, Jardin des Tuileries, Sacré-Coeur, Place de la Bastille, Place de la Concorde, Place Vendôme and Bois de Boulogne among many others.

During the many days I spent in France in July 1999, I visited many beautiful places that will be in my mind and my heart forever. Visiting France was a childhood dream that came true. I had the opportunity to learn more about the country, its culture and practice my French.



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Use the menu below to choose the places you want to know about and see some of the many pictures I took during my visit to France.

The Eiffel Tower

L'Arc de Triomphe

 Cathédrale de Notre-Dame de Paris

Basilique du Sacré-Coeur

Louvre Museum & Jardin des Tuileries

L'Opéra, Grand Palais & Petit Palais 

Panthéon, Pont Alex. III & Invalides

La Place de la Concorde

Place Vendôme

Disneyland Paris


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Information about France from
Encarta and "Atlas Geográfico Mundial - O Globo" Empresa Folha da Manhã S.A., 1998, originally published by the Times Books Ltda under the
name "The Times Altas of the World - Family Edition" (1994). French currency and postcards with paintings of the Tour Eiffel and the Arc de Triomphe scanned by me.
For information and pictures about Paris, visit
Paris - The Channels.

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