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C. on the Ile de la Cité (one of two islands in the Seine around Central Paris — these days, Notre-Dame sits on Ile de la Cité). They were peaceful fishermen who traded with other tribes along the river and with travelers on the main north-south trading road that connected the Mediterranean with northern Europe. Unfortunately, the road made attacking the Parisii all too convenient for invaders. C. During the Romans’s 500-year stay, the settlement became known as Lutetia Parisiorum (Lutèce in French).

The impressive, airy Hôtel du Jeu de Paume on the exclusive Ile St-Louis was once a 17th century jeu de paume (the precursor to tennis) court, and you can still see the wooden skeleton rising from the open lobby. This is one of Paris’s more unusual hotels, successfully combining sumptuous ancient and modern décor, and guests have their choice of staying in rooms or, for more than five days, private apartments. It’s located right down the street from NotreDame and Left and Right Bank bridges. The Best Food No matter where you decide to dine or what kind of food you choose, you can count on having some of the most memorable meals of your life in Paris!

For more information, call the Parc des Expositions information line at % 01-43-95-37-00 or the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau. 20) children and students. Last week of February to first week of March. Chapter 3: Deciding When to Go 35 March Professional actors and residents of the neighborhood perform in La Passion à Ménilmontant, the Passion play (the events leading up to and including the Crucifixion of Christ), for a month around Easter. The play is staged at the Théâtre de Ménilmontant (20e).

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