Why We Love the French

The Eiffel Tower, wine, fashion and quiche are a few things that conjure emotions about France. Take a look at all the reasons why Travel Channel loves the French.

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Take a look at this nostalgic sign from when the Paris Metro first opened in 1900 for the World's Fair. Today it is the second busiest train system in the world. The official name is Compagnie du chemin de fer metropolitain de Paris. Try saying that fast a couple times. 960 1280

  

It's never a good idea to kidnap children, but this sign is posted in Paris just in case there's any doubt. 960 1280

  

Heading to the Arc de Triomphe? Walk through the underground tunnel to avoid the hectic traffic on the Champs-Élysées. 960 1280

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Your trip to Paris isn't complete without seeing the Notre Dame Cathedral. You may get a glimpse of the infamous hunchback Quasimodo. 960 1280

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This Champs-Élysées Avenue sign is perfect for shopping aficionados. It's a clear indication that Paris' strip of boutiques and commercial stores, including Nike and Haagen Dazs, are just a few feet ahead. 960 1280

  

Are the seeing-impaired or blind really going to notice this crosswalk signal specifically designed for them? Well the likelihood that they'll see it is really slim. 960 1280

  

Here's another retro Metro sign, which marks and entrance and exit to Paris' labyrinth of train lines. 960 1280

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As a word of caution or interest, you're strolling through Paris' infamous red-light district or the Pigalle neighborhood if you see several signs like this one. 960 1280

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It's clear! No bikes, motorcycles or mopeds are allowed near the Eiffel Tower, one of Paris' biggest tourist attractions. 960 1280

  

Cross the street with caution! Hundreds of cars race through Place Charles de Gaulle aka Place de l'Etoile, a traffic circle and meeting point for 12 avenues, including the Champs-Élysées. 960 1280

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This traffic sign has a universal message no matter where you're traveling around the world. It's a tow-away zone in Paris; so, make sure you avoid parking nearby. 960 1280

  

We're puzzled by this 'night and day' sign. So does this mean that there's are no days or nights in Paris. It's confusing, right? 960 1280

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Get your can-can on at the well-renowned Moulin Rouge, located in Pigalle or Paris' red-light district. 960 1280

  

We thought that old-school detective offices were a thing of the past, but this 1930s-style neon sign marks the location of the well-known Duluc Detective Agency on the Rue de Louvre. It looks like they're open for business. 960 1280

  

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Take a look at this nostalgic sign from when the Paris Metro first opened in 1900 for the World's Fair. Today it is the second busiest train system in the world. The official name is Compagnie du chemin de fer metropolitain de Paris. Try saying that fast a couple times. 960 1280

  

It's never a good idea to kidnap children, but this sign is posted in Paris just in case there's any doubt. 960 1280

  

Heading to the Arc de Triomphe? Walk through the underground tunnel to avoid the hectic traffic on the Champs-Élysées. 960 1280

Thinkstock  

Your trip to Paris isn't complete without seeing the Notre Dame Cathedral. You may get a glimpse of the infamous hunchback Quasimodo. 960 1280

Thinkstock  

This Champs-Élysées Avenue sign is perfect for shopping aficionados. It's a clear indication that Paris' strip of boutiques and commercial stores, including Nike and Haagen Dazs, are just a few feet ahead. 960 1280

  

Are the seeing-impaired or blind really going to notice this crosswalk signal specifically designed for them? Well the likelihood that they'll see it is really slim. 960 1280

  

Here's another retro Metro sign, which marks and entrance and exit to Paris' labyrinth of train lines. 960 1280

Photographer: Bert Heydel  

As a word of caution or interest, you're strolling through Paris' infamous red-light district or the Pigalle neighborhood if you see several signs like this one. 960 1280

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It's clear! No bikes, motorcycles or mopeds are allowed near the Eiffel Tower, one of Paris' biggest tourist attractions. 960 1280

  

Cross the street with caution! Hundreds of cars race through Place Charles de Gaulle aka Place de l'Etoile, a traffic circle and meeting point for 12 avenues, including the Champs-Élysées. 960 1280

Hemera Technologies  

This traffic sign has a universal message no matter where you're traveling around the world. It's a tow-away zone in Paris; so, make sure you avoid parking nearby. 960 1280

  

We're puzzled by this 'night and day' sign. So does this mean that there's are no days or nights in Paris. It's confusing, right? 960 1280

Thinkstock  

Get your can-can on at the well-renowned Moulin Rouge, located in Pigalle or Paris' red-light district. 960 1280

  

We thought that old-school detective offices were a thing of the past, but this 1930s-style neon sign marks the location of the well-known Duluc Detective Agency on the Rue de Louvre. It looks like they're open for business. 960 1280

  


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