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?
How to Get Around Paris : Walk around. Use the Metro inside the city. You can also rent bicycles from many places.
12 thoughts on “Paris! Paris!”
Beautiful tour of Paris with amazing clicks Paramvir. Thanks for sharing
I walked the streets of Paris with your photographs. Brilliant photography! Loved the way you unraveled information and took us on this trip with you. Waiting to read more of your works. Cheers!
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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. 🙂
Hi Dee! Yes, raid does add to the romance, doesnt it?
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!
You must! It’s lovely…
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!
this article really very nice thank you for sharing with us .
Thank you for taking me on a virtual tour through the photographs.
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.
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.
This is a really useful guide to Paris. Loved the museums especially!