5 Unusual Things You Didn’t Know About Paris

Paris is one of the most famous cities in the world. Its great monuments appear in movies, pictures and even key chains found in any store, but even so the beautiful capital still keeps some interesting secrets.

There are many things you did not know about Paris but below you’ll find 5 of the most interesting which you can visit during your short break to Paris.

There’s a Vineyard in Montmartre

In the middle of Montmartre remains a small vineyard, which serves as a reminder of the great producer of wine that Paris used to be before other regions in the country started producing. There’s even an event where they celebrate a great festival of the harvest in the vineyards. You should not miss it if you are in the city of light.

Vineyards in Paris

Zidane Head-butting Materazzi Statue

It was certainly one of the moments that will be remembered when you talk about the 2006 World Cup. Near the end of the game Zidane, considered one of the best players of all time that would retire after that game, heard something from Materazzi he did not like, went to him and hit him on the chest with a head butt earning an expulsion. The final went to penalties and Italy won. Then a sculptor made a huge statue of that incident and it can be seen in the Centre Pompidou of Paris.

Zidane Statue

Mini Statue of Liberty

Paris is twinned with New York. The statue of New York was made as a gift of the French people. To represent this friendship in the middle of the Seine River there is a smaller replica that is looking at her older sister towards the Big Apple.

Mini Statue of Liberty

Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde Are Buried in Paris

In the Pere Lachaise cemetery the legendary rocker Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde are buried, attracting many people every day that will leave flowers and other gifts on their graves.

Jim Morrison Grave

The Catacombs

The catacombs of Paris are fairly well known, but it is rare to find them in tourist lists next to the Eiffel Tower, the Sacre Coeur or Notre Dame. Probably because of their morbid nature and the thousands of skulls that make up its interior design. However, there’s no doubt that the underground tunnels are one of the most interesting places in the city.

Paris Catacombs

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Photos: Marc Ben, Hans Griep, Jim Linwood, Terrazzo, Bert Kaufmann.