When we think of Paris, the first image that probably comes to mind is that special city in France where one may find the Arc d’Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower; however, there are actually several Paris’s on Earth, some of which are located in North America while another is in the Pacific Ocean.
It has often been said that the beauty of Paris has been used as the inspiration of other people, and from what we’ll discover later on, even governments. Shakespeare, for one, named the dashing antagonist of his play Romeo and Juliet as Paris. Michael Jackson and Richard Hilton of the Hilton Hotel fame, have also named their beautiful daughters after the city.
Another European country that boasts a town named Paris is Denmark; however, unlike France’s Paris which is a mega-city inhabited by millions of French and foreigners, Denmark’s Paris is a rural town with only 200 residents. Unlike the French Paris, the Danish Paris is a farming village and not exactly where you can find fashionable districts.
Canada, which has millions of French-speaking nationals, boasts two Paris’s: one in the Yukon region and another in Ontario. The United States of America; however, boasts not just one but twenty-six (26) Paris’s — that pretty much means half of the states of the USA has a county, town, or city named after the French ‘capital’.
The most unusual place to find another Paris is in the Pacific, specifically in the islands of Kiribati. Although Kiribati was discovered by French explorers, the archipelago was once a colony of the United Kingdom until they became independent in 1979. The Paris of Kiribati is much different than its North American and European counterparts since the commune itself has been abandoned for years now and is pretty much an empty lot.
Just when you thought that the unusual discoveries about Paris ends there, there’s actually more: the name ‘Paris’ has also been used to name a genus of flowers, a ship, an aircraft, a computer chip, and a type of plaster.
Surprisingly enough, the City of Paris which we all love and cherish is actually NOT France’s capital. According to historical documents, Paris is the de facto capital of France because it is the most popular city and the center of commerce, but the Congress of France is actually housed in Versailles.