Paris! Paris!

Paris is the city that probably evokes feelings of attraction and romance the most. That’s the way the city is marketed and that’s the reason we visited this city, with a certain family elder who was determined to visit Paris and Switzerland, longing for the Bollywood nostalgia.

We found a wonderful place to stay via AirB&B (perhaps the only good AirB&B experience we have had) near the Gare Du Nord train station. First opened in 1846, it is one of the busiest train stations in the world. If we wanted to travel Paris in fast affordable ways, we would have to use the underground, and it was actually a fantastic experience.

But the best way to explore a city is to walk it, and we found it extremely rewarding. Here are some walks we could indulge in, considering we had limited time in Paris. If you are interested in museums, there are many in Paris, and this is a cool list.

Moulin Rouge : We wanted to see this iconic Cabaret (only from the outside). The Metro station nearest to it is called Blanche. Step out of the Metro and Moulin Rouge is right there. Do walk on the Boulevard de Clichy, an awesome walking area shaded with the canopy of trees. Look out for many adult themed shops and also some amazing food joints.
From Wikipedia: Moulin Rouge is best known as the birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance. Originally introduced as a seductive dance by the courtesans who operated from the site, the can-can dance revue evolved into a form of entertainment of its own and led to the introduction of cabarets across Europe. Today, the Moulin Rouge is a tourist attraction, offering musical dance entertainment for visitors from around the world. The club’s decor still contains much of the romance of fin de siècle France. 

Canal Saint Martin: Walk along this canal, pass the hill side walks and the temple atop the hill. Walk past the Point Ephémére, the artsy bit to the hip Antoine Et Lili.

Montmartre : This rustic but now hip part of town has many a cafe, gallery and restaurant. This walk has always charmed artists, and you can find many painting live right here in its lanes. Walk the length upto the Basilica Of The Sacred Heart Of Paris, or the Sacré-Cœur Basilica. This is also the highest point in Paris and get a glorious view of this lovely city.

Rue De Rosiers : This fantastic part of town, also known as the Jewish Quarter, is full of history, excellent old architecture and great eateries and boutiques. Go for fallafels here and you will never forget the taste.

Saint Germain: (From Wikipedia): Saint-Germain-des-Prés is one of the four administrative quarters of the 6th arrondissement of Paris, France, located around the church of the former Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Its official borders are the River Seine on the north, the rue des Saints-Pères on the west, between the rue de Seine and rue Mazarine on the east, and the rue du Four on the south. Residents of the quarter are known as Germanopratins.

Walk along the lanes from Rue de Seine and Rue Jacob. Walk along Rue Bonaparte, and the Rue de l’Université. The entire block has many fabulous old buildings and context in history and culture: Ernest Hemingway had once stayed here, The Treaty Of Paris which gave the USA independence from Great Britain was signed in one of these buildings, Julia Child learnt to cook here. Walk into the Orsay Museum in the lanes of Saint Germain Des Pres. You need to give this part at least half a day.

There are many more amazing walks in Paris, but we had time only for these. Which walks would you recommend?

View from our Apartment near the Gar Du Nord.
View from our Apartment near the Gar Du Nord.
Architecture in Paris.
Waiting to find our bearings admiring the architecture.
Two wheelers in Paris
Paris, like Pune, has way too many two wheelers. Except the two wheelers in Paris are more funky.
The Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris
The Saint-Germain-des-Prés . In the 1940s and ’50s it was the centre of the existentialist movement. It is also home to the École des Beaux-Arts (the famous school of art), the home and now museum of the painter Eugéne Delacroix.
Librarie De Nobelle
The famous Library De Nobelle at Rue Bonaparte, in the Saint Germaine quarter.
Door in Paris
Just love the design of this door.
Rent a cycle in Paris.
Rent a cycle. Wish we had these in India.
A street in Paris.
A Bruno Moinard showroom. I just love how Paris is full of art, culture and design.
Garage door in Paris.
Beautiful Parisian streets. This is a garage door.
Typographie De Firmin Didot, Paris
Firmin Didot was a French typographer and publisher who lived between 1764 and 1836. His printing shop was a pilgrimage for publishers and printers worldwide.
Lanes of Paris
Love these lanes…
The Doors of Paris
… and love these doors of Paris…
Cafe Le Buisson D'Argent in Paris
And the cafes and bistros…
Architecture of Paris
More architecture love…
Graffiti on a Van in Paris
And some Graffiti
Ornamental door knob in Paris
There is so much art everywhere in Paris…
Rue De L'Université,
Around the Rue De L’Université, walk to experience spectacular architecture.
Musée d'Orsay, Paris
We walk into the Musée d’Orsay, which is a museum of art in an old railway station.
Admiring the sculptures at the Musée d'Orsay,
Admiring the ‘Six Continents’ sculptures at the Musée d’Orsay. Read this excellent piece here by Vivienne Mackie.
View from Musée d'Orsay
And the architecture around the Musée d’Orsay,
Musée d'Orsay
For an erstwhile railway station, this building is amazing!
Graffiti in Paris
Amidst all the awesome well kept architecture is some graffiti
Walking across the Seine River towards the Louvre Museum.
Walking across the Seine River towards the Louvre Museum.
Parisian architecture
Can’t get enough of that architecture…
Louvre Museum
The Louvre Museum. Originally built as the Louvre Castle around 12th-13th Century by Phillip II, the castle had many additions by later kings.
Visitors at the Louvre.
The Louvre receives 8.1 million visitors every year, making it the world’s most visited museum.
Louvre, Paris
Imagine, the kings lived here once.
Louvre, Paris
The modern meets the classic
Inside the Louvre Museum
Inside the Louvre Museum
Mona Lisa painting in Louvre Museum
That, inn the far crowded distance, is the original Mona Lisa painting.
Tourists (including yours truly) takling pictures of tourists talking pictures.
What would tourists do before the cell phone cameras? Absorb more?
Joan Of Arc
A statue of Joan Of Arc in Paris
Gaglinani First English Bookshop established on the continent.
Gaglinani. The board says this is the First English Bookshop established on the continent.
Heading towards the Eiffel Tower.
Classic and Modern in Paris
Observing a classic Eurpean City sync with modern necessities.
Bassanti Indian restaurant in Paris.
Guess what! We ate Indian in Paris and it was better Indian food than many places in India. Highly recommend Bassanti.
At the Boulevard de Clichy, Paris
At the Boulevard de Clichy, which has the famous Moulin Rouge Cabaret…
At the Boulevard de Clichy, Paris
This is the very adult and cheeky part of Paris…
Moulin Rouge in Paris
The famous Moulin Rouge Cabaret
At the Boulevard de Clichy, Paris
Walking further along the Boulevard de Clichy,
Lanes of Paris
Love the cobble stone lanes and the cafes…
Kebabs in Paris
We were hungry and found this North African place interesting to try oiut food. Paris is a great place to try world food, especially North African food.
Lanes of Paris
…more gorgeous lanes…
Cafes of Paris
And more charming Cafes…
Graffiti in Paris
And graffiti every now and then…
Rue Thoroze, Paris
Walking around the Rue Tholoze towards the Montmartre. These lanes are pretty but narrow and plenty of two wheelers.
Rue Tholoze, Paris
You can see how hilly this part of Paris becomes, towards the Montmartre.
Walking in Paris
Walking is a fun way to discover a city and give it the time to seep in…
Streets of Paris
The narrow cobblestoned roads are pretty and congested but very well behaved traffic and no honking whatsoever.
Streets of Paris
Chocolate temptations…
Walking up Montmartre
We continue our walk up the Hill of Montmartre…
Admiring Paris
And keep admiring how beautiful this city is…
Walking up towards Montmartre
Almost there…
Drizzling at Montmartre in Paris.
And it starts drizzling, but it’s still beautiful… the slight chill in the air, the drizzling, beautiful buildings everywhere… one just wants to sit down, have a warm coffee and keep soaking it all in.
Shops in Montmartre, Paris
Beautifully designed shop fronts…
Walking towards Montmartre
And walking further up-hill
At the Montmartre Hill
There’s this little commercial lane with cafes, restaurants, souvenir shops…
Art Gallery in Montmartre
Art all around…
Chez ma Cousine, Montmartre, Paris
With restaurants and cabaret…
Shop front, Montmartre, Paris
I just love these beautiful shop fronts…
Sacré-Cœur Basilica
From the lanes one can see the Sacré-Cœur Basilica, or the Basilica of The Sacred Heart Of Paris
The Church of Saint Peter of Montmartre
At The Church of Saint Peter of Montmartre
Stained Glass work at The Church of Saint Peter of Montmartre
Beautiful stained glass work at The Church of Saint Peter of Montmartre
The Church of Saint Peter of Montmartre
According to tradition, the Church of Saint Peter of Montmartre was founded in the 3rd Century by Saint Denis, though it was much built and rebbuilt later.
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, commonly known as Sacré-Cœur Basilica
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, commonly known as Sacré-Cœur Basilica
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, commonly known as Sacré-Cœur Basilica
The Sacré-Cœur Basilica was designed by Paul Abadie, and construction began in 1875.
View from the Sacré-Cœur Basicila on Montmartre, Paris
The Sacré-Cœur Basilica is located at the summit of Montmartre and gives a grand view of Paris
Walking downhill from Montmartre
Walking back downhill from Montmartre Hill
Walking in Montmartre, Paris
And this too is a beautiful walk…
Walking in Paris
Should we go left or should we walk straight ahead…
Walking in Paris
Hmmm… I forgot which way we went…
Gare Du Nord, Paris
The Gare du Nord, or the North Station. We stayed close to this train station and that made life easy for various commutes throughout Paris
Le Marais
Around the Le Marais area of Paris, a prominent historical area.
Murciano Boulangerie, Paris
We were asked by Parisian friends to absolutely ot leave Paris without the desserts at Murciano in the Jewish Quarter or the Le Marais part of the city. And we were delighted…
L'as du Fallafel
And the Fallafel at L’As du Fallafel. A must have.
There are many places here serving Jewish and Mediterranean food. A day spent at Le Marais on a trip to Paris is a day well spent.
Le Marais, Paris
Despite the cold rain, it was fun walking through these streets…
Le Marais, Paris
Annd soaking in the old historic architecture (and the rain too)
Walking in Le Marais, Paris
This was the day in 2017 when elections were being held in France…
Walking in Le Marais, Paris
… and we were walking around the city admiring everything it had to offer.
Dinner at Le Berbere...
Paris is big on North African food, and we tried an Algerian dinner here at Le Berbere…
Leaving Paris made us sad...
Soon, on a grey morning, we had to sadly leave…
Paris Metro Map
The Paris Metro System is easy to use and very affordable. We used it extensively to get around.

How to Get Around Paris : Walk around. Use the Metro inside the city. You can also rent bicycles from many places.

13 thoughts on “Paris! Paris!”

  1. The streets look so inviting, even in the rain. And the buildings look so charming. It’s sad to see graffiti on them. 🙁
    Thank you for the great photo tour. 🙂

  2. I went to Paris back in 2007 with my cousin and a few other relatives. We spent just three days there, barely enough to even scratch the city’s surface. However, in our limited time we managed to visit not only some of Paris’s most iconic landmarks, but also quieter corners of the city. I remember going to the Pantheon, a magnificent mausoleum housing the remnants of some of the most famous people in French history, and explored the winding alleyways afterward (I don’t remember where we were going after the Pantheon). I certainly wish to return one day!

  3. To be honest, Paris is not on my bucket-list. Not a fan of France at all. But, I love all your pictures. Such prettiness and charm captured in each of them. Thank you for this lovely pictoral tour!

  4. I literally found this post very interesting and it just cast spell on me. I am soon going to visit Paris, thanks for sharing this post.

  5. I’ve never visited as many museums as I did in Paris. Solo travel in this city is somehow as romantic as travelling with a better half. My favourite memory is of a sunset cruise along the Seine with the Eiffel twinkling in the distance.


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