So, francophiles, how well do you know Paris?


For Parisian pros or those who dream of calling Paris home—I have a challenge for you: I want to see how well you know the city you love.


When most people arrive in a new city, one of the first things they often do is visit the landmarks and monuments that have become representative of that place. However, most of us know that so much culture and history lies away from these tourist attractions. There is no doubt that these ‘attractions’ are just that, and for a reason: they are typically awe-inspiring.


We’ve all seen photos or paintings of some of Paris’s best-known landmarks, landscapes and neighborhoods. But would you recognize them out of context? And would you get the same feeling by looking at something so essentially Parisian if you didn’t know what it was or where it was from?

7582100744_c39f93f0e3_bThroughout this article are a series of famous images of Paris to see exactly how many you can identify. Some are easier than others, but all beg the question: do the sights make the city, or does the city make the sights?

So how did you score? And in looking through these photos, are you still reminded of all that you love about Paris?

I, for one, still feel the magic of Paris coming through these images. I’m also inspired to search out other interesting ways to view the scenes that millions of eyes have examined before me. Fortunately, I’ve got plenty of time left to try and explore Paris from every angle…


Challenge Answers:
1 – Louvre Palace
2 – Arc de Triomphe
3 – Eiffel Tower
4 – Parc des Buttes Chaumont
5 – Notre Dame


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Nikki Lavoie

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One Comment

  1. geraldine Aug 4, 2012 at 8:39 PM - Reply

    Great. 🙂 Thanks Nikki.

    It would be funny to do a “how well French know France ?”.

    You obviously know France much better than we do!



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