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A visit to world’s largest underwater sculpture museum in Cancun

by amit.uniyal 27. March 2014 10:11

There are many museums in the world devoted to all types of subjects, but some of them are quite unique and intriguing. One such museum is Cancun Underwater Museum. It is the biggest underwater sculpture museum built so far in the world. To explore this museum you need to wear snorkel gear and dive under the ocean.

The work on this unique underwater sculpture museum started with the initiative of Aquaworld. The primary aim of this museum was to protect marine environment and help varieties of marine life flourish in the sea.

The underwater museum took shape after keen interest shown by Dr. Jaime Gonzalez Cano. He is the Director of National Park Costa Occidental Isla Mujeres, Punta Nizuc and Punta Cancun. The idea to establish the museum came after Dr. Cano browsed the cyberspace for themes and finally saw the study of a British underwater artist Jason DeCaires Taylor. President of the Nautical Association, Roberto Diaz, who is also a sculptor and ceramic artist, also joined Dr. Cano and Taylor, to begin work on this project in Cancun.

The underwater museum project started in November 2009 and 100 sculptures were placed in the first phase in Cancún National Marine Park’s shallow waters.  

British sculptor and ceramic artist Jason DeCaires Taylor came to Cancun especially for the project and put in 2 years of dedicated effort to finally create 403 full-size sculptures. Neutral clay was used to make these concrete sculptures, which were placed on ocean beds with the specific aim of promoting marine life and help coral reef to flourish.

The ‘Garden of Hope’, ‘Man on Fire’, and ‘Dream Collector’ were the first to be submerged in the museum. All these three figures depicted their own messages. Finally, a total of 400 sculptures were submersed in October 2010, and thus created the ‘Silent Evolution’. The life sized sculptures were based on people, local children from Cancun, a British newsman and a mother-to-be.

The Cancun Underwater Museum presently comprises of several ‘rooms’. Room One, which is situated on Manchones reef, is home to some prominent sculptures such as ‘The Silent Evolution’, ‘Archive of Lost Dreams’, ‘Man on Fire’, and ‘The Anthropocene’. The location of Room Two is on Punta Nizuc. Here various sculptures like ‘Accountability’, ‘The Gardner of Hope’, ‘La Musa del Oceano’, ‘Void’, ‘Inheritance’, and ‘Inertia’ are found.

The museum is also attracting a large number of local artists who are also making significant contributions here. The Cancun Underwater Museum has succeeded in creating a global curosity and attracting scores of tourists to Cancun. The museum has also been prominently featured by Discovery Channel in its popular program ‘Megastructures’. Even a renowned publication like National Geographic has also published about the museum.

The visitors desirous of visiting the Cancun Underwater Museum are offered dive trips regularly by Aquaworld. This is being provided to both beginner as well as certified divers. Additionally, snorkeling expeditions are also offered for visiting the Punta Nizuc sculptures.

The Cancun Underwater Museum has started fulfilling its objectives and purpose for it was essentially established. The Angel Fish has started to return to the area it had previously left for unknown reasons. The return of this species of fish is fascinating indeed. The underwater museum surely makes an interesting visit.

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Red Fort – Renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site in Delhi

by amit.uniyal 26. March 2014 09:01

Delhi, the capital city of India, is presently home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Red Fort, Qutub Minar and Humayun’s Tomb. The moot question being asked now is whether the city of Delhi itself should be accorded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO or not. This dream is on verge of being fulfilled in future as a list of Delhi’s imperial capital cities has already been presented to the World Heritage Center for being in the world heritage list. The submission of dossier was made in January 2014. The evaluation process would take around two years, and only after being critically examined Delhi will be accorded the status of world heritage site by the World Heritage Committee.
 
Red Fort is a prominent UNESCO World Heritage Site in Delhi. Before planning your visit to Delhi, here’s all that you would like to know about this place. Red Fort is the first stop on the sightseeing itinerary on every foreign tourist visiting Delhi. This largest monument in Delhi and India’s oldest has been a prime attraction since decades and attracting tourists in a big way year after year. The Red Fort was accorded UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2007.

The glorious Red Fort has been a witness to the rise and fall of Mughal empires in India. This massive monument aptly chronicles the tales and intrigues of the Mughal era. The Red Fort was constructed during Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan’s reign. The fort, which essentially formed the nucleus of walled city of Old Delhi, was occupied by Bahadur Shah Zafar, India’s last Mughal Emperor.    The Red Fort, however, fell into the hands of British colonial rulers during 1857 uprising against them and Bahadur Shah Zafar was finally captured and imprisoned.

Shah Jahan, the 5th Mughal Emperor of India, got the Red Fort constructed during 17th century when the foundation of Shahjahanabad, the 7th city of Delhi, was laid after the capital was transferred from Agra to Delhi. The Red Fort was also called ‘Lal Qila’ or ‘Qila-e-Mubarak’, and served royal family members as their residence. The huge fort took nine years to build, and interestingly the construction started as well as completed in the same month and same day. The construction of the fort began on 16th April 1639 and completed on 16th April 1648. It is popularly called Red Fort because the red sandstone was extensively used to build it. The Red Fort was built adjoining the fort of Salimgarh, which was constructed in 1546 by Islam Shah Suri. The Salimgarh fort is now a part of Red Fort complex.

The Red Fort is home to many attractions such as Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas, Moti Masjid and Hayat Baksh Bagh. The public meetings were held by the Mughal emperors at Diwan-i-Aam or ‘Hall of Public Audience’. The Diwan-i-Khas or ‘Hall of Private Audience’ was used for holding meetings with aristocracies, dignitaries and court members. The Peacock Throne adorned the marble dice here, which was ultimately stolen by the Persian invader Nadir Shah.

The Red Fort is presently a prominent landmark in India from whose ramparts the National Flag is unfurled by the Prime Minister of the country every year. This must-see destination shouldn’t be missed out in any case while on your visit to India.

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Cabo San Lucas Dolphin Tours – A unique experience

by amit.uniyal 25. March 2014 09:31

Have you ever dreamt of swimming with dolphins? If not, then here’s your chance to get a unique and fascinating experience by going on Dolphin tours in Mexican resort destination of Cabo San Lucas. Make your dreams turn into reality by visiting ‘Cabo Dolphins’, which is among the exclusive and renowned dolphin centers in the world. The dolphin tours always remain a top priority for every tourist visiting this famous city in Mexico.

Whether you love swimming or a non-swimmer, the dolphin tours provide you opportunity to get really up close with numerous Pacific Bottlenose dolphins at the dolphin center. You need not worry or fear as all this is done with utmost care, relative safety and comfort with state-of-the-art facilities at your command.

In Cabo San Lucas, you will find Pacific Bottlenose dolphins, Pacific White-Sided Dolphins and other various kinds in abundance in the waters off the coast. The dolphin encounter program here enthralls dolphin lovers of all kinds, including first-timers. The exhilarating encounters with the friendly dolphins are once in a lifetime experience.

The visitors can look forward to many kinds of adventurous, interactive as well as educational experience at the dolphin center. The programs offered at Cabo Dolphins include Dolphin Kids Tour, Dolphin Encounters Tour and Dolphin Swim. These programs provide opportunity to the visitors to know deeply and enhance their knowledge about these amazing creatures.

The visitors at the dolphin center are first given an educational presentation. This is provided on a submerged platform in knee-deep water in s specially created educational pool. This introductory program educates about the environment and physiology of Pacific Bottlenose dolphin. It is beneficial for visitors as it helps in preparing them with the encounters that they are about to get with the dolphins through kisses, hugs and physical touch.

Getting personal with the dolphins here is an amazing experience. Even the dolphins enjoy such interaction with human beings enormously and bemuse the visitors by demonstrating their peculiar characteristic in getting along too well with human beings. This also shows the curiosity dolphins have in knowing about humans just in the same way as we are crazy to know about these marine creatures.
 
Here’s a brief outlook on the various programs offered at Cabo Dolphins center. The Dolphin Kids Tour is conducted for children aged 4 to 9. This informative program is a great learning experience for the children, while offering fun experience to play with the dolphins. This is a 30 minute program and includes dolphin toy anatomy introduction, dolphin kisses, dolphin fin shakes, belly ride, and close-up poolside interaction.

The Dolphin Swim program is exciting of them all. The program is of 50 minutes. The visitors get full 40 minutes to enjoy with the playful dolphins in the water, while 10 minutes of the program is to educate them about these marine mammals.

The Cabo Dolphins center in Cabo San Lucas indeed offers a thrilling experience and helps visitors get acquainted with these wonderful creatures. It’s a must-visit destination for all dolphin lovers.

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Buenos Aires gears to dance to the tunes of World Tango Festival

by amit.uniyal 24. March 2014 10:28

Buenos Aires the capital city of Argentina is one of the main gateways into the popular South American country. The city also serves, as the country’s largest and is a popular tourist resort here. Credited with the birth of Tango, a world popular dance form, Argentina is gearing to groove to the tunes of Tango, on dance floors across various venues this season. Buenos Aires is soon to play a gracious host to an exhilarating crowd in love with the dance ready to put on their dancing shoes here. The month of August is special this year for the city, as it will light up to the spectacular Tango dancing for a good two weeks. No matter whether one loves Tango or not, people are willing to come out in large numbers in support of their beloved dance.

Sneak peek into the brief history of the passionate Tango
Tango literally means touch in Latin. A passionate dance form, which was born on the borders of Argentina and Uruguay in the 1890s is today one of the most admired across the world. Previously Tango was known as Tango Criollo however, today one can come across a variety of styles of the same dance form throughout the world. Irrespectively, the closet to original form is still practiced in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. In the year 2009, Tango was included in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

World Tango Festival 2014
The sensual and passionate dance form is loved by dancers the world over. Since this dance shares its roots with Argentina, the country has decided to pay homage to its age-old legacy. As such, the World Tango Festival is all set to enthrall the capital city this year. A 14-days long extravaganza will set the dancing floors on fire with the enchanting performances from dancers flocking to the city from different parts of the globe. This exciting event is scheduled between August 13, 2014 and August 26, 2014. The news of the return of this festival to the city has already spread a wave of joy and people can hardly contain their excitement. Tango is not just a dance form, but for the people here it is a method of connecting to each other and a way of expressing their love. Throughout the festival, the city will come alive to an assortment of shows, concerts, free classes, open-air milongas, exhibitions et al. In case, you are planning a trip to the city around the same time, it would be a welcome change to participate in the pulsating event!

Head to the BA Exposition Center
As the dance competition opens to a roaring welcome and a warm reception, BA Exposition Center is the place to head to. This center is the venue for the much-awaited Tango competition where competitors will battle each other and deliver some of the world’s unforgettable performances. However, other events will be held everywhere including the city streets, literally! The city is preparing to witness a breathtaking series of events where the music and the performances will leave all speechless.

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Beijing is breathtaking in the night as it is in the day

by amit.uniyal 21. March 2014 10:21

Beijing is one of the oldest existing and flourishing cities in the world. A city whose legacy is deeply rooted in its 3,000-year-old history is a beauty in the night as it is by the day. Known for its glorious palaces and magnificent temples, the old and the modern life cohabit in this thriving city of China. However, most people like to explore the city in broad day light. What most of us are unaware about is that Beijing looks as beautiful in the night as it looks during the city and various companies organize night sightseeing tours through the city. Let us probe further to understand what the city holds for its visitors during the dead of the night.

Enjoy your evenings at the Beijing Opera
 While you think where to begin your night tour of the thriving Beijing city, we suggest you start it with a show at the Beijing Opera. Visitors are amazed to find how captivating the shows at the popular Opera are. It offers a complete treat for your eyes and you are left spellbound and speechless after watching the enthralling performances. This is a great way to relish your time out with a friend or family in this beautiful city.

Lose yourself in the labyrinth of lanes
Post sunset the 800-year old labyrinth of narrow lanes in the heart of the city come to life. While you roam around with an open mind, the delicious fragrances of street foods emanating from nearby stall are overpowering. So while you enjoy your peaceful walk in the company of your loved ones exploring the city in lights, you are exposed to a whole new world that takes you by a pleasant surprise.

Soak in the fun at Kung-Fu show
Kung-Fu is a name synonym to this lovely city. It is indeed a great idea to go for an evening show of Kung Fu, the breathtaking art of inherited by the Chinese from time immemorial. A nice way of spending a peaceful evening in the city to book tickets for the show and witness the art at its face value.

Dance to the tunes of music at a popular nightclub
Like any other city around the world, Beijing too shares its love for music and dance. Therefore one of the best ways to unwind after a hectic day in the city is to go clubbing with your gang of friends. The city is home to numerous nightclubs that are a haven for the young and old alike who wish to forget about their worries and just immerse in the beauty of life for a few hours.

Just admire the city like a wanderer
It sometimes is a wise idea to simply forget who you are and behave like a wanderer. However, to spice up the fun you can simply walk around the city with your companion and gaze at its tall skyscrapers that adorn its skylines.

Relish delectable street food
It is not bad at all to sometimes listen to your heart and go binge eating at the numerous food stalls lining the city streets. The streets light up in the evenings with vendors selling delicious munchies like seafood, noodle, and lamb skewers.

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Accra: A Day at Makola Market

by amit.uniyal 19. March 2014 08:01

Accra is the popular gateway into the African nation of Ghana. The capital city reflects images from a modern and well-developed society. It is nothing like some of us believes it to be. A progressive city, Accra is one of the most frequented cities in the African continent. The city has many admirers and travelers from different parts of the world flock to its premises each day. The Kotoka International Airport in the city caters to the travelers visiting here. The city is blessed with a few very beautiful natural and man-made attractions some of which include Lake Volta, Kakum National Park, Cape Coast Castle, and Labadi Beach. However, there is one place that none of the travelers should skip during their visit to the city and it is the Makola Market.

Mokola Market is situated deep in the heart of the lively Accra city. This market place is one of the most popular shopping districts located within the capital city’s limits. It is the one stop-shop for all the locals as well as the foreign travelers. Whether you are looking for fresh vegetables or meat, clothing, accessories, artifacts, gadgets, or livestock, this is just the right place to hit! The market is a mix of the old and the modern, where one can find something as mundane as food grains to as technologically advance as a Smartphone. Like its character, the market is flooded with people from different strata of the society, who at this point are united by common interests.

However, the uniqueness of this market lies in the fact that female sellers dominate the space here. The sight of women marketers calling out to their customers, and bargaining with them to sell their products at a convenient price is delightful. The picture is contrary to the belief that women in the country are suppressed.

The spectacular sight at the colorful market adorned with gorgeous jewelry made of handcrafted beads is magnificent! After all, where does one get to witness incredible African accessories? Other hot selling items here include imported food items, medicines, daily utensils, various apparatus, and footwear. The market is usually flooded with traders and buyers during the daytime. The best time however, to visit this place is early morning hours when it is relatively less crowded and people have just started swarming in.

The market has been ruling the heart of the Ghanaian people ever since it came into being in the year 1924. Until the August of 1979, it continued to serve the purpose of its existence when suddenly it was demolished. The then government believed a lot of banned items were being sold openly in the market and thus favored its destruction. However, today it represents the economics and an integral part of the everyday life in Accra. To this date, this market has featured on various travel shows depicting the true spirit of the city. While touring this chaotic market place one should not forget to relish the local drink named as Palm Wine. On one hand, you can utilize your marketing skills to bargain and shop to your heart’s content. On the other hand, you need to be aware of touts, follow market etiquettes, and of course beware of pickpockets and thieves!

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Frankfurt: A fascinating and captivating German city

by Richa 18. March 2014 08:27

Frankfurt is one of the most prominent cities in Germany. A popular destination in Europe, this city receives millions of visitors each year. It is fifth largest city in the country. It also serves as the financial capital of Germany and is a hub for world famous banking institutes here. The city entices businesspersons from all over the world to its premises. A global city, it is famous for various attractions that grace its limits. While the world knows this city at face value, there are many hidden facts about it as well. Let us uncover the other side of its gorgeous city in the form of compilation of lesser-known facts about Frankfurt below.

 
Frankfurt skyline
Frankfurt am Main, Alemanha.
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Frankfurt is the city’s short name
Frankfurt is not the full name of the city of Frankfurt. The complete name of this German city is Frankfurt am Main. This literally means Frankfurt on the Main River. The city is also sometimes referred to as Main-hattan. This gorgeous city derives its names from the word frankfurter. Frankfurter in turn comes from frankfurter würstchen, which means pork sausages. These popular snacks were in the city from the beginning of the 13th century and became an inspiration so great as to name a modern city like Frankfurt!

It one of the best cities
in the world to live in
The city of Frankfurt is home to more than 687,775 people. Apart from the local residents, it attracts a large number of foreigners each year, who flock to the city in search of a decent living and a comfortable lifestyle. If the report by Mercer Human Resource Consulting Worldwide Quality of Living Survey is to be believed then this city ranks on number seven on the list of cities that sport greatest quality of living the world over.

Main Tower offers a breathtaking view of the city below

Travelers visiting the city must ensure a trip to the Main Tower. This tower is Frankfurt’s one and only skyscraper open to the commoners. The 650-feet tall building offers glittering glimpses of the breathtaking panorama of the city. One can enjoy a delectable meal with their loved ones and at the same time relish the spectacular sight of this world-famous city.

People do not drink tap water!
As bizarre as it may sound, the people of this thriving German city do not drink tap water. Though the taps are flooded with water, yet the locals opt to visit departmental or retail stores to pick their cans of drinking water.

Shopping at Street Zeil is rejuvenating

Street Zeil is a pedestrian district that is one of the most visited places in the city. It is also known as the Fifth Avenue of Germany, and is flocked by curious shoppers most of the times. This place is the mix of modern and the ordinary as it houses items from street vendors to chic and branded stores. This place is forever bustling with activities day in and day out.

People prefer bland food
The local residents have peculiar food habits. They are not fond of spicy food rather prefer to eat bland food. Another strange fact is that finding any Mexican delicacy in the city is a rarity.

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Amsterdam, Dutch capital is truly a city of incredible wonders

by amit.uniyal 14. March 2014 07:05

Amsterdam is a city of unique distinctions. The Dutch capital is one of the most preferred tourist destinations within the country and Europe. Known for its colorful history, vibrant architecture, gorgeous canals, multihued tulips, and unmatched beauty the city is also home to spellbinding facts. Let us read below to find out the different side of the main city in The Netherlands. 

 
Canals and bikes
Amsterdam canals and parked bikes.
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The city is below sea level and may soon vanish
Touching down at The Amsterdam Schiphol Airport induces a sense of pride and pleasure among the travelers. However, what most of us are unaware about is the fact that the airport is actually below sea level! This airport is −4 meter or −13 feet below sea level. Watch out next time you hit the city premises. In fact, the whole city is 6.7 meters below sea level and may soon vanish into oblivion. Rising temperatures as a part of the global warming may cause the water levels to rise and engulf the city one day.

The city has more bikes than the people
If statistics are to be believed then the city of Amsterdam sports more than a million bikes. However, the strange fact is that the total number of people in the city consists of 700,000. This is interesting for a city as famous as this.

Amsterdam exceeds Venice in the number of canals
The Dutch capital is famous for its canals and the world believes it to stand second only to Venice in this matter. However, the shocking fact is that this city has more number of canals than the beautiful Italian city. There are over 165 canals adding to the glory and grace of this city, which is sometimes referred to as Venice of the North.

Amsterdam contributes to the beer-supplied the world over
The Netherlands is the world’s largest exporter of beer. The country supplies twice as much beer than the United States each year and is fast expanding on this front. The city has an active role to play when it comes to the popular alcoholic drink. About 1.3 billion liters of this drink is exported every year to other parts of the world.

People of Amsterdam are the tallest!
While the world knows that Dutch are extremely smart and handsome, some are unaware that the people of this city are very tall. On an average, a Dutch man grows up to 184 cm in height while a Dutch female attains a height of approximately 170 cm.

Amsterdam consumes coffee in large numbers
The people of this city are passionate about their drinks irrespective of alcoholic or non-alcoholic in nature. The people here are believed to be the second largest consumers of coffee throughout the globe. As per the statistics, one resident drinks almost 140 liters of coffee in one year. This means that on an average a resident would gulp down a minimum of 3.2 cups of the brewing hot drink each day!

Amsterdam is the city of polyglots
Amsterdam is known as the city of polyglots. About 86 percent of the residents are fluent in more than two languages. While they take pride in their skills, they are also critical of the ones who do not speak proper Dutch.

All those who wish explore this other side of the Amsterdam must book their cheap flights to Amsterdam with Fare Buzz today!

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The unknown and intriguing facts about Madam Tussauds

by amit.uniyal 13. March 2014 05:13

Madam Tussauds is one name that travelers to the city of London are familiar with. While the world is aware of the fact that the popular wax museum is one of the striking and popular attractions in the British capital, there are many intriguing facts that the people are not aware of. Established in the year 1884, this place houses life size wax structures of popular celebrities including Albert Einstein, Charlie Chaplin, Kate Winslet, Amitabh Bachchan, Spider Man, Jennifer Lopez, Queen Elizabeth II, Lady Diana, David Beckham, and Barack Obama. While there is a lot of mystery and fascination, surrounding the museum let us look at some of the little-known facts about this museum. It has branches across 14 cities in the world including New York, Berlin, Sydney, and Hollywood.

Madame Anna Maria Tussaud was for real
Though the world knows about this place, what most of us are unaware about is the fact that Madame Anna Maria Tussaud was a house cleaner for Dr. Philippe Curtius. He used to make wax models to demonstrate anatomy and it is here that she picked up the art and become more famous than her mentor in the future.

The statues use real human hair
Though the statues at this museum are made of wax, what most of us do know that the hair on them is real. Yes, the hair on these statues including head, mustache, beard, and eyebrows is human hair. What’s more interesting is that the hair needs to be shampooed and styled regularly! In the year 1996, the staff was shocked to find that Hitler’s hair had actually grown and required trimming urgently.

Visitors do leave behind their items
Staffers at the museum are amazed to find different items left behind by the visitors. Among other things, some of the most intriguing items found at the museum include false leg, and 123 pairs of artificial teeth. These items have been discovered in the last five years!

A bomb ripped through the museum in 1940
In the history of the museum, unfortunately a bomb ripped through the property in the year 1940. More than 350 head casts were damaged in the attack, thus leaving the museum with additional workload.

Ozzy Osbourne scared the visitors
John Michael Osbourne, the famous rock star and TV personality popularly known as Ozzy Osbourne, once scared visitors. On a trip to the New York branch of the museum in 2010, he decided to pose as a wax statue and had the unsuspicious visitors screaming in fear. He posed on a bench and when a few gullible visitors stopped by for a photograph, he jumped up to scare the hell of out them!

Mother Teresa refused to be immortalized in wax
Mother Teresa was once approached by the Madame Tussauds Museum for her wax statue. However, to the horror and shock of the authorities she refused blatantly! She argued her work is more important for her rather than her physical self. She is the first in the history of the museum to refuse the museum to be immortalized in wax!

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Paris is a city of different facets and unbelievable credentials

by amit.uniyal 12. March 2014 08:25

Paris is a city that needs no introduction. The French capital is one of the most frequently visited cities in the world. The world knows Paris as a city of love, fashion capital of the world, city of bikes, and city of lights. A metropolitan know for its iconic landmark Eiffel Tower a multicultural, vibrant, and incredible lifestyle, culture, and cuisine. Located on the banks of the River Seine there are several breathtaking locales worth a visit here. To the outside world Paris is a city of fun and frolic, however, there is a different side to the French capital. Let us delve into the different side of this gorgeous city and uncover some unconventional truths about it.

Paris was named after a tribe that once settled here
The city derives its name from the Gaul tribe of Parisii. The tribal community settled here long time back thus giving the name to a city, that was to become so famous in the future for many reasons.

Paris boasts of maximum number of Michelin star restaurants
The city is in love with food and offers a haven for food lovers from across the world. Its love for food reflects from the fact that in year 2010 it consisted of 95-Michelin star restaurants. This is the highest number of the star studded restaurants in a city worldwide! The locals may not find it too fascinating however, it is great news for the ones who wish to turn to this city for a gastronomical feast.

Eiffel Tower needs high maintenance

The landmark structure decorating the premises of the French capital needs high maintenance. The tower needs to be painted once in every seven years. Weighing about 7000 tones, this mammoth structure requires 50 tones of paint for a fresh quote. However, the most intriguing fact about it is that it was to be dismantled and sold as scrap post construction!

Paris has an extensive route for bikers
The city that once was flooded with taxis on its streets has now turned towards the eco-friendly mode of bikes. At present, it boats of an extensive network of over 270 miles of biking path. The city has decided to expand it further to a robust 435 miles by the end of the year 2014.

Nighttime photos of Eiffel Tower can’t be published without permission
Well yes, you read that right! You cannot publish nighttime photos of the iconic tower without the permission of the SETE, its operating company. For all weird and bizarre reasons, in 1990 the French court passed a ruling in favor of copyright protection act for the light stream pasted to it on its hundredth anniversary.

Paris is not the original capital of France
Believe it or not Paris is not the original capital of France. Under the Roman Empire, the city of Lyon served as the French capital. However, Paris was granted this coveted title under the rule of King Clovis in 508 A.D. The credit of making it the permanent capital goes to King Philippe Auguste who ruled between 1180 and 1223. Interestingly, when France was captured by Germany during the World War II, Vichy served as the French capital during the four-year period that lasted from 1940 to 1944.

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