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Paris, France

France Fast Facts...

Relative Location
Located in western Europe, France is geographically positioned in the northern, as well as the eastern and western hemispheres. France is bordered by the countries of Andorra, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Italy, Monaco, Spain and Switzerland, and by the English Channel, Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.
Land Area
545,630 sq km slightly less than twice the size of Colorado
GDP Per Capita
$32,700 (2008 est.)
$33,300 (2007 est.)
$32,800 (2006 est.)
Major River
There are four major rivers in France: the Seine, which flows through Paris and northwest to the English Channel, the Rhone, which starts in the Alps and flows south to the Mediterranean, and the Loire and the Garonne, which both start in central France and flow west to the Atlantic. The Loire is the longest river in France.
Form of Government
Semi-Presidential System


The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower was truly incredible. It was built in 1889 and it took 2 years, 2 months, and 5 days from start to finish. The tower has over 2,500,000 rivets and was made using 9441 tons of wrought iron!!

The Louvre
The Louvre was amazing! The Louvre was actually a palace before it became a museum, In the heart of the complex is the famous Louvre Pyramid above the visitor's center. I got to see the museum's three great masterpieces: the Venus de Milo, the Victory of Samothrace, and Mona Lisa. It was really a once in a lifetime experience.

Notre Dame
This impressive building came to be because of Maurice de Sully the bishop of Paris, he decided to build a new cathedral for the growing population in 1345. Surprisingly, the Notre Dame is the most popular monument in Paris and in all of France, beating even the Eiffel Tower with 13 million visitors each year!!

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London, UK

England Fast Facts
Relative Location
Positioned in the northern, eastern and western hemispheres the country of England is attached to, and a part of, the United Kingdom (or UK). Located in the southern region of the United Kingdom, off the northwestern coastline of continental Europe, England is bordered by Scotland and Wales, and by the Celtic Sea, English Channel, Irish Sea and North Sea.
61,113,205 (July 2009 est.)
Land Area
620 sq mi (1,610 sq km)
GDP Per Capita
$36,600 (2008 est.)
$36,500 (2007 est.)
$35,500 (2006 est.)
Major river
The Thames
Form of Government
Royalty and democracy combined


The London Eye
The London Eye is an amazing gigantic ferris wheel. It is visited by over 35 billion people a year!! I got to see London and the Thames river from a different perspective which was really cool. Even though the line was really long, the breathtaking half hour ride was worth it.

The Tower of London
The Tower of London was incredible!! I got to see lots of things but what I remember the most were the Crown Jewels in the Jewel House. Being a girl I was dazzled by the 23,578 gems that make up the Crown Jewels. I also got to see the ravens, legend says that the kingdom and the Tower will fall if the six ravens ever leave the Tower.

Big Ben
Last but certainly not least I got to see the famous Big Ben Clock Tower. Even though everyone knows the whole tower as Big Ben I found out that the name Big Ben actually only refers to the 14 ton bell inside the Tower.The base of each of the clock face's have a Latin inscription meaning, "Lord save our Queen Victoria."

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Fast Facts on Italy...

Relative Location Italy is positioned in both the northern and eastern hemispheres and located in the south-central region of the European Continent. Italy is bordered by the countries of Austria, France, Vatican, San Marino, Slovenia and Switzerland and by the Adriatic Sea, Ionian Sea, Ligurian Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Tyrrhenian Sea.
total: 301,230 sq km
land: 294,020 sq km
water: 7,210 sq km
GDP Per Capita
$31,000 (2008 est.)
$31,500 (2007 est.)
$31,100 (2006 est.)
Major Rivers
These correspond to major tourist destinations in Italy. The Po, which starts in the Alps and flows eastward from Turin to the Adriatic through the very fertile Po Valley. The Arno, which flows from the north-central Apennines through Florence and empties into the Tyrrhenian Sea, and the Tiber, which flows from the Apennines then south through Rome, emptying into the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Form of Government
The major language in Italy is Italian. (duuuhhh!)


The Trevi Fountain
The Trevi Fountain was amazing!! It is beautiful by both day and by night. The fountain features a statue of Neptune which was completed in 1762. The water at the bottom of the fountain represents the sea. Legend has it you will return to Rome if you throw a coin into the water. You should toss it over your shoulder with your back to the fountain.

The Castel Sant'Angelo
The Castel Sant'Angelo is a huge fortress in Rome Italy that was built in 139 AD as a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian. The Sant'Angelo castle has been used for different purposes over its long lifetime. It was once a prison, a refuge for the pope from his enemies and is now a museum. A tunnel connects Castel Sant'Angelo to the Vatican.

The Piazza Navona
The Piazza Navona is Rome's most beloved square and is one of the world's most beautiful piazzas. Two of Bernini's fountains (the Fontana dei Quatro Fiumi and the Fontana del Moro) can be found in the square.
Piazza Navona also features some great sidewalk cafes and restaurants. It is a popular location for artists trying to sell their paintings to tourists.

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