3 things to do in France

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From always a style model and one of the most fascinating cities in Europe. In Paris, tradition and innovation coexist wonderfully. Just stroll along the tree-lined avenues of the city to realize it, crossing the many village-districts with the unmissable bakery and florist, or the impressive boulevards that from the Louvre Palace lead straight to the Défense. With its 2.15 million inhabitants (9 if you consider the metropolitan area), Paris is the largest city in France: virtually a french on five lives here. To cut it in half, the Seine, which on the Rive Gauche retains the historic core of Paris, with the Île de la Cité. To move from one side to the other there are 37 decks. If today Paris is a world metropolis, it is because of its ability to be a magnet for artists, writers, political dissidents, and also for its multi-ethnicity: the city is a crucible of races and cultures, where all the World languages ​​and synagogues stand beside the mosques. But to understand Paris at a glance, you must climb the 1792 steps of its symbol, the Eiffel Tower. From here you can see the radiocentric structure of the metropolis (the 20 districts dividing the city are assigned according to a spiral that starts from the center and rotates clockwise). Thus, the boulevards indicate the various stages of growth in Paris, linked to the subsequent enlargements of the wall circles. Like the rings of a trunk of a tree, they tell the story of the capital from the fortification built by Philip II Augustus in the Middle Ages to our day.

The Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

The third parisian park in terms of size but the first with regard to the variety of botanical species, as well as for the varied wildlife inhabiting it. Located in the XIX arrondissement, the park was considered a magical place by some cults, and the mystery alone surrounding it was amplified by legends about the quarries and the underground passages that are now closed to the public.

La promenade plantée

Literally the tree-lined promenade or flowery walk, sometimes called Coulée verte. It is accessible for more than four kilometers, from Place de la Bastille to Paris Boulevard périphérique, on the right bank of the Seine. Its peculiarity lies in the fact that it extends in the middle of the houses, offering in this way picturesque and unusual views of the streets of the city and the lives of its inhabitants.

The Saint-Martin Channel

Who with the calm of his neighborhood and his beauty inspired works such as those of the painter Alfred Sisley and singer Edith Piaf. The canal was built in 1800, and until recently it was used for commercial navigation. Following its reclamation, in the early 2000s, it became a space for walking and relaxation, and commercial traffic replaced the tourist one.

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