The holidays mean lots of meals with family and friends. If conversation starts to lag at the table, perk things up with this Paris Quiz. There are 11 questions because I just couldn’t delete any!
1. What will you find underneath the Opera of Paris, the Palais Garnier?
a. A Temple
b. Gift Shop
c. A subterranean lake
Answer: An underground lake. This lake made construction of the Palais Garnier in the 1870s very difficult. The hidden lake and the deadly crash of a gigantic chandelier in 1869 inspired the Gothic novel The Phantom of the Opera.
2. The Miracle of the Marne refers to a World War I battle in which France was saved by:
a. New British Tanks
b. Parisian Taxicabs
c. An outbreak of Cholera
Answer: Parisian Taxicabs! On Sept 5 to 12, 1914 some 600 Paris taxicabs carried 6,000 reinforcement troops to the battle along the Marne, securing victory for French troops against the Germans.
3. Which of the following treasures is not housed in the Louvre?
a. The Thinker
b. Mona Lisa
c. Venus de Milo
Answer: The Thinker is in the gardens of the Rodin Museum on the Left Bank. A wonderful and place to picnic near the Invalides.
4. Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde and Frederic Chopin are among the famous people buried in which cemetery?
b. Pere Lachaise
Answer: Pere Lachaise! Establish by Napoleon in 1804 and includes many famous graves: Balzac, Callas, Edith Piaf and more.
5. Why is Café Procope famous?
a. Makes the world’s largest baguette
b. Oldest café in Paris
d. Singing waiters
Answer: Opened in 1686, Café Procope is said to be the oldest café in Paris. Historic luminaries such as Ben Franklin, John Paul Jones and Thomas Jefferson ate here in the 1700s. Voltaire is supposed to have drunk 40 cups of coffee per day here.
6. What do you see at the Musée des Egouts?
Answer: The Musée des Egouts is the Paris Sewer Museum, located near the Eiffel Tower and a truly fascinating look at the city’s ancient underground works, one of the cleanest cities in the world. The innovation changed the world: from enormous granite balls that roll through the sewers to clear them, to wooden boats and especially spooky, all of the Streets of Paris leading through the sewers, each one marked with old wooden signs. Very Phantom of the Opera!
7. How much of Paris is covered in parks and gardens?
a. 5 percent
b. 15 percent
c. 30 percent
Answer: there are 450 parks and gardens which cover over 7,500 acres in Paris. It’s about 30% of the city, making it one of the greenest cities.
8. Where does Paris rank on the World’s list of most populous cities?
Answer: The 25th most populous at 10,755,000 for entire Paris region. (#22,23 and 24 are: Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Shenzhen in China, Lagos in Nigeria. The most populous city in the world is Tokyo, 2nd most populous is Jakarta.
9. The earliest settlers of Paris were:
Answer: Celts: Modern day Paris was founded in about 250 BC by a Celtic tribe called the Parisii. They founded a fishing village at “Kilometer 0” on the Ile de la Cité. One of the most historic and beautiful islands in the world, Notre Dame stands here today. The Ile de la Cité location was ideal not only for fishing, but the river Seine operated a natural moat to protected the Parisii from invaders.
10. The oldest monument in Paris is the:
a. Arc de Triomphe
b. Egyptian Obelisk
c. Eiffel Tower
Answer: The 3,000 year old Egyptian Obelisk on Place de la Concorde. It’s originally from the Palace of Luxor and brought over by Napoleon’s troops.
11. What is the oldest hotel in Paris?
a. Hotel Bristol on rue Faubourg St. Honore
b. Grand Hotel, Place de L’Opera
c. Hotel Henri IV, Place Dauphine
Answer: Hotel Henri IV on Place Dauphine is believed to be the oldest hotel in Paris. It was built over 400 years ago in 1608. One of the most charming squares of Paris, the Place Dauphine was founded by King Henry IV (known as the Green Gallant for his ‘budding’ energy when it came to women). He named it in honor of Louis the Dauphin (the future Louis XIII). This historic square, lined with chestnut trees is undoubtedly one of the most romantic and beautiful locations in Paris.
Place Dauphine on the Ile de la Cité. This is Kilometer Zero, where Paris was founded by the Parisii in 250 BC. The square is virtually unchanged since it was founded in 1603.