15 Things You Didn’t Know about Paris
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Today we’re looking at one of the most romantic
and beautiful historical cities in the world-Paris.
France’s capital since the 12th century,
Paris is home to some of the most famous buildings and landmarks.
Its cathedrals and monuments are full of rich history and
attract millions of visitors each year.
The streets of the city which have on many occasions transformed into battlements
and been showered with gunfire,
are now lined with France’s most famous designer boutiques
and picturesque terrace cafes.
Because ALUX.com is dedicated to becoming the world’s best resource
on the most expensive luxury items and stunning destinations.
We just had to bring you a video about one of Europe’s most glamorous cities,
the ultimate romantic destination and honeymoon spot.
This is 15 things you didn’t know about Paris.
1. The Eiffel Tower was initially considered to be a useless monstrosity.
1889年 当埃菲尔铁塔落成时 巴黎的精英和智者一开始非常讨厌它
The city’s best and brightest originally hated the Eiffel Tower when it was opened in 1889.
The press insulted it and the city’s most famous artists and writers
expressed their disdain quite openly too.
Guy de Maupassant said he started eating in the restaurant of the tower,
because it was the only place he couldn’t see it.
As of 2015, the Eiffel Tower is the most visited and paid tourist attraction in the world.
So people clearly change their minds along the way.
2. There are 1,200 bakeries to choose from in the city.
Parisians take their bread very very seriously
and you can choose to buy your baguettes from 1,200 different bakeries across the city.
There are actually quite strict rules regarding the consistency of the baguette dough.
How long it is and how much it can be charged?
To be called a boulangerie,
the bakery must bake their bread on site.
And bakeries in a neighborhood will have different opening times,
so people will never be faced with a closed sign.
3. 10 professional film and photography shoots take place in Paris every single day.
New York is one of the most popular cities in the world for film shoots,
but Paris is hot on its heels.
Fashion campaigns, photo shoots and film shoots are commonly shot
on the streets of the French capital.
Filming on the street is actively encouraged by the French government ,
because it boosts their economy considerably.
Mainly because production teams have to pay
to shoot in parks, museums or in front of particular monuments.
4. Filmmakers have to pay the Louvre architect royalties,
if they get the famous glass pyramid in shot.
Filming Paris’s classic famous monuments like Notre Dame or
the Eiffel Tower is absolutely encouraged.
But if you want to feature one of the city’s modern constructions, prepare for a big bill.
The Louvre pyramids architect IM Pei now
charges royalties for any filmmaker who wants to feature his 1989 construction.
May be best to stick to the Champs Elysees if you’re making a small indie film.
5 要想把城里所有露天酒吧和餐馆都逛遍 得花将近30年时间
5. It would take nearly 30 years to visit every terrace bar and restaurant in the city.
Paris is famous for its cosmopolitan cafe culture,
当天气晴朗时 大多数酒吧 咖啡馆和餐馆都是露天经营的
and most bars, cafes and restaurants become open terraces when the weather is nice.
There are so many open terraces 9,057 of them in fact,
that if you went to one each day it would take you 29.8 years to sample them all.
Your coffee bill would be even longer as well.
6. The Paris train system was originally going to be called M.E.R.D.E.
巴黎城市地铁系统原来的候选名是“Metro Express Régional Defense Etoile”
The original proposed name for the city’s train system was Metro Express Régional Defense Etoile.
But when abbreviated it spell “merde”,
a famous French swear word that we’re all quite familiar with.
于是明智地改成了Réseau Express Régional 意为大区快铁
Wisely the name was changed to Réseau Express Régional
to save the city and the world’s fourth largest public transport system any embarrassment.
7. The shortest street in the city is 6 meters long,
and the longest is 4,360 meters long.
Paris is a labyrinth of 6,100 streets.
其中一些声名在外 熙熙攘攘 另外一些则蜿蜒曲折 连结着城里的小酒馆
Some famously congested and others that wind around tiny little bistros.
The shortest street in the city the Rue des Degrés is just 5.75 meters long,
and technically a stone staircase.
The longest is the Rue de Vaugirard
which runs from Boulevard Saint-Michel to Porte de Versailles and covers
and covers the 6th to 15th arrondissement.
It’s 4,360 meters long and much more than a little staircase.
8. The Eiffel Tower has been known to move.
Particular weather conditions can make the Eiffel Tower move and shift.
In strong winds, the Eiffel Tower has been known to sway 13 centimetres,
And during a 1976 heatwave, it shifted 18 centimetres away from the Sun.
Alexandre Gustave Eiffel wouldn’t be surprised by this if he were alive today.
He accommodated movement of up to 70 centimetres in the construction and design.
9 欧洲最富有的女人是欧莱雅的股东 巴黎市民莉莉安·贝当古
9. The richest woman in Europe is L’Oreal shareholder and Paris resident Liliane Bettencourt.
The French heiress and businesswoman is an incredible 94 year old woman
and worth 38.2 billion dollars.
Her father founded the cosmetics company in 1907 and
she now owns 1/3 of it.
2015年 8名嫌犯被判有罪 他们利用莉莉安越来越严重的老年痴呆症
In 2015, 8 people were found guilty of trying to con Betancourt out of millions.
Taking advantage of her progressing Alzheimer’s,
they were ordered to repay 172 million dollars to her
and were each sentenced to three years in prison.
10 某些游客会患上巴黎综合症 没人知道确切的原因
10. Some visitors to Paris will suffer from Paris syndrome and no one really knows why.
Paris syndrome is a transient psychological disorder
其症状包括幻觉 丧失现实感觉 头晕眼花
which includes symptoms such as hallucination, derealization, dizziness,
anxiety and depersonalization.
it suggested to be brought on by the stress of traveling and experiencing a wildly different culture.
Paris syndrome was first identified by a Japanese psychiatrist in 1986,
who noticed that Japanese tourists were particularly prone to suffering from it.
11 2015年 一座位于巴黎的城堡以4亿4千4百万美元的价格售出
11. In 2015, a Paris chateau sold for 444 million dollars,
making it the most expensive property in the world.
其实这座城堡 即路易十四城堡 就位于伟大的凡尔赛宫隔壁
The Chateau Louis XIV is practically next door to the great versailles,
and was built in 2011 to resemble the classic 17th century French estate.
Sold to a Middle-Eastern buyer,
it beat a London penthouse
which sold in 2014 for 326 million.
And was considered by Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
when they were shopping for wedding venues.
If you want to know which property overtook the Paris Chateau in 2016,
Check out our video “the 10 most expensive houses in the world”.
12 巴黎最不寻常的一所公寓 竟尘封了70年
12. One of the most unusual homes in Paris is an apartment left untouched for 70 years.
Mrs. De Florian left France before the Second World War and Nazi occupation.
And with it, she left her apartment in the 9th arrondissement.
The rent continued to be paid throughout her life and
the property was left completely undisturbed until her death in 2013.
When the dust was blown away, a 19th century painting by Giovanni Baldini was discovered,
which later sold at auction for 1.78 million pounds.
13 无论丹·布朗书里是怎么写的 卢浮宫金字塔的菱形玻璃并没有666块
13. There aren’t 666 panes of glass in the Louvre pyramid despite what Dan Brown says.
The rumor that there are 666 panes of glass began in the 1980s and was reported by newspapers.
But someone has done the math and there are actually 673 panes.
Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code” brought the myth back to life in 2003.
As it formed a part of the novel’s plot, but still it’s not true.
14. Tom Cruise’s involvement in the Church of Scientology means
he’s banned from becoming an honorary parish citizen.
Hollywood might accept Scientology, but France definitely doesn’t.
According to French law, Scientology has been classed as a cult since 1995.
And this has barred vocal supporter Tom Cruise from becoming a French citizen.
He tried to apply in 2005, but the Municipal Government of Paris said no.
15 在纳粹占领期间 法国抵抗组织成功阻止了希特勒的埃菲尔铁塔之行
15. The French resistance stopped Hitler from visiting the Eiffel Tower during the Nazi occupation.
Hitler’s presence in Paris was not enjoyed by the French people for very obvious reasons.
When it was time for the German dictator to visit France’s most famous monument,
the French Resistance cut the elevator cables,
so climbing 1,500 stairs was the only way to get to the top and admire the view.
Heil Hitler decided against it and the French’s small act of rebellion worked.
Approximately 32 million people visit Paris every year and no wonder
the City of Light has everything:
世界上最棒的美食 美丽的街道 还有文化艺术和各种惊喜
the best food in the world, beautiful streets, culture, excitement, art,
not to mention its fair share of history.
The majority of tourists who come to Paris are from the US
and looking for a big slice of European class.
Visitors also spend more in Paris than both London and New York,
so the city certainly attracts big spenders.
If you were one of those big spenders, where would you stay in Paris?
Would you opt for the classic Ritz Paris in the heart of the city?
Or would you hotfoot it over to the ultra cool Monté Marté
选一家别致的精品酒店 住进一间典型的巴黎式客房 俯瞰全城
and stay in a unique boutique hotel, overlooking a typical Parisian room.
噢 你还在收看 关于法国首都 这里还有一则趣闻
Oh, you’re still here. Here’s another impressive fact about the French capital.
We know that Parisians love their wine and they love it so much
that a journalist was blacklisted in 1976 for reporting a blind wine tasting,
that compared Californian and French wines.
A Californian wine won when it was blindly tasted,
and this was such an abhorrent idea to the people of Paris,
于是 一位波尔多葡萄酒庄园主对记者说 你是害群之马
that a Bordeaux vineyard owner told him you spat in our soup.
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