If you are planning a trip to Paris or just want to learn more about the City of Lights’ history, head to the very cool website called Paristique!
Paristique is an interactive online map where each dot represents an urban element: a street, a square, a boulevard or a parvis (6,840 places in total).
If you want to learn about the origin of a place’s name, all you have to do is click on it and a box explaining the origin and history of that place will open.
Note: the site is exclusively in French!
Guillaume Derolez, a Google engineer and creator of Paristique, carried out an impressive amount of research about Parisian streets on the no less impressive City of Paris’ Open Data website.
The result is pretty impressive with its gorgeous watercolour map, colour-coded points of interest (white for streets, yellow for squares, pedestrian streets in blue).
So if you have some time to check it out, do not hesitate! A good way to practise your reading skills in French!