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1. "Welcome to Paris!", you read in the cover of your brochure. "We welcome you to an extraordinary adventure in our marvelous country. You have just landed in one of the busiest airports of Europe and the world, as it handles more than 62 million passengers a year. Here's why you should stay a bit more before you go:
1. The architect in charge of this project was Paul Andreu, who also designed the airports of Manila, Dubai, and Cairo.
2. It serves as the main hub for France's flag carrier, Air France.
3. It is host to some very important stores, like Bvlgari, Dior and Ralph Lauren.
4. It is the home of the modern Roissypôle complex, which has hotels, offices, and shopping alternatives.
5. It's named after one of our World War II heroes and President of our country from 1959 to 1969."
Where are you right now?
2. "When you're finished unpacking, you might want to sit back and enjoy the view, but don't settle with your hotel room balcony! Instead, you should go to one of the most famous squares in France.
1. In this very place, King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were beheaded during the French Revolution.
2. It houses a 3200-year-old Egyptian obelisk, brought from the Temple of Luxor a couple of centuries ago.
3. It has two of the most famous fountains in Europe, the Fontaines de la Concorde, which commemorate maritime commerce and navigation. They were completed in 1840!
4. The square appears in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "Tender is the Night".
5. From this square, you can see some iconic places in France, such as Champs-Élysées, the Musée de l'Orangerie, and the Palais Bourbon."
Which famous square are you visiting?
3. "When in France, you can't really leave without going to the Centre Pompidou, a high-tech architecture marvel.
1. It was named after the man who commissioned the project, President Georges Pompidou.
2. It has hosted important art exhibits of artists like Edvard Munch, Francis Bacon, Salvador Dali and Matisse.
3. It is near to the Stravinsky Fountain, which has moving sculptures!
4. The place has a bookshop and a panoramic terrace, in addition to several other services.
5. Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano designed the innovative building.
The Pompidou Centre has it all!"
Not quite all, but it actually has a lot of stuff in it. Which of these would you NOT find at the Centre Pompidou?
4. "If you're an art lover, you really need to go to the Musee d'Orsay. If you're not, you might as well fall in love after you exit that museum.
1. It is home of an enormous collection of works from artists like Cezanne, Renoir, Manet, Degas and van Gogh.
2. It is located in the center of Paris, and was installed in the former place of the Orsay railway station.
3. The collections in the museum cover the period from 1848 to 1914.
4. It has a length of 188 meters, and is made of 12,000 metric tons of metal, and 35,000 square meters of glass.
5. The museum showcases paintings, sculptures, photography and architecture."
On which artistic movement, known for the painting of landscapes and for putting a very specific focus on light, does the Musee d'Orsay focus?
5. "Feel like praying? We have great churches here in Paris! One of them is the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, which we highly recommend. Why?
1. It is built in Montmartre, the highest point of Paris, and known as "the mount of martyrs".
2. It was designed by renowned French architect Paul Abadie.
3. The Basilica houses the "National Vow", which was approved in 1872.
4. It has a variety of artwork, such as stained glass windows and mosaics, inside it.
5. The outside of the Basilica is made of travertine stone, which turns white when it contacts rainwater."
What is the French name of this Basilica?
6. "If you want a minute to sit back and relax, Paris has the right place to do so! Come to our beautiful public park!
1. It dates back to 1612, when Marie de' Medici asked Salomon de Brosse to build a palace.
2. The French Parliament holds its meetings in these gardens.
3. This structure was inspired by the Boboli Gardens in Florence, Italy.
4. There are activities for both children and adults, like chess, slides and even tennis!
5. This park has a mini-forest, a pond and a rose garden, among many other features!"
Which small European country, where you could find a medieval castle at Vianden, lends its name to these gardens?
7. "Have you heard of Victor Hugo? He is a very important French dramatist, who wrote about a hunchback in one of our cathedrals!
1. The name of this Catholic cathedral translates from French to "our lady".
2. The cathedral is a representative work of Gothic architecture.
3. The building was built during the 13th century and has several features inside and surrounding it, like gargoyles and sculptures.
4. Many of its treasures were destroyed during the French Revolution.
5. The church has heavy, large bells inside it."
Can you name the cathedral, as well as the place of origin of Victor Hugo's hunchback?
8. "Your next stop is one of the largest museums in the whole world. We didn't think you would even need reasons to visit it, but anyway, here you go:
1. During the French Revolution, the museum was used to exhibit national monuments.
2. You can see a big glass pyramid in the entrance, designed by I.M. Pei.
3. The museum has more than 30,000 works of art in display.
4. Objects like the Code of Hammurabi, and paintings from artists like Michelangelo and Rembrandt.
5. It is home of the beautiful artwork here depicted, painted by Leonardo da Vinci."
Which museum is a must-see in the city of Paris?
9. "You simply can't leave Paris without visiting a national monument, which has reliefs that depict battles where France was victorious!
1. It was constructed in 1806 by orders of Napoleon Bonaparte, following his victory at the Austerlitz Battle.
2. It is located at the famous Champs-Élysées boulevard, which also hosts the Bastille Day parade.
3. The names of generals and soldiers who died in battle, most prominently during the Napoleonic Wars, are engraved in it.
4. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is located underneath this monument.
5. The roof of the monument features 21 sculpted roses."
Do you know which monument is being described?
10. "It's time to go, and we really hope you had a great time! There's one more thing we must tell you though. We know you're tired and everything, but your Paris experience wouldn't be complete without going to this last site.
1. It is named after its engineer's last name, Gustave.
2. It is the tallest building in the city of Paris, and offers elevator lifts to see it from the heights.
3. It is located in the Champ de Mars park, named after the Roman Mars Field.
4. It was constructed for the 1889 World Exposition.
5. At one point, it was the tallest man-made building or structure in the world."
Where are you going for your last Paris landmark?
Source: Author Lpez
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