Strolling in Paris: my 3 favorite routes
Today I invite you to join me for a walk in Paris! I am about to share with you my 3 favorite routes that make me enjoy the French capital every single time:
Le Louvre – Le Pont des Arts – rue Bonaparte – Saint Germain Des Prés – Rue de Rennes – La Tour Montparnasse
This is probably the most scenic and most Parisian itinerary, a walk through the centuries.
For me, the Louvre is the most magnificent view I’ve ever seen and I simply cannot get enough of admiring it. I’m crossing le Pont des Arts because I have some sentiment about it since my early youth years. (Due to its specificity, it is not advisable to pass on it with stiletto heels).
It brings me to one of my favorite Parisian Left Bank streets – Bonaparte, narrow, small and full of beautiful windows of galleries, independent designers, bistros and … Paris. Little by little I reach the Boulevard Saint-Germain – on my left is the eponymous church, on the right is the mythic Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots. The Heart of the 6th district. Walking opportunities here are practically endless and when I have more time I can spend the whole day strolling around and discover hidden treasures. When I’m in a hurry, the itinerary is clear: I’m going to Rue de Rennes – the shoes street! I walk along it, drawn by a clear goal: The Montparnasse tower and the 14th district.
Hôtel de Ville – rue de Rivoli – rue des Pyramides – Rue Saint Honoré – Rue Royale – Place de la Concorde
From Hôtel de Ville in the 4th arrondissement I head to Rivoli Street. This is one of the busiest itineraries I walk among a mix of Parisians in a hurry and visitors of the city. Along the Rivoli landscapes are changing very quickly: shops – emblematic facades – monuments. Almost instinctively, I always turn right on the street of the Pyramids and take on St.-Honoré street. For me, it’s one of the most distinguished places on the Right Bank, the boutiques’ street, mix of high-end brands and mass fashion, Colette, the crowds of tourists and the black limousines with darkened windows. The street, where you are constantly tempted to take the first cross-street, because there plenty of amazing surprises here: Vendôme Square, La Madeleine, Cambon Street. This is the walk where I always buy macarons from Pierre Hermé or chocolates from Pierre Marcolini. This is the route of the mythical Vogue Fashion Night Out, which takes place once a year. My final goal here Is the majestic monument of Obelisk and La Grande Roue.
Avenue Montaigne – Pont d’Alma – avenue Rapp – Rue Saint Dominique – Invalides
This is the most glamorous route that takes a bit from both sides of the Seine. It starts from Avenue Montaigne, famous for the boutiques of the biggest luxury fashion houses, synonymous with the glamor and luxury of one of the palaces with the most beautiful facades – Plaza Athénée. I continue via Pont d’Alma, crossing the Seine and enjoying the view of the Eiffel Tower. I walk past the Bulgarian Embassy, and then I enter the 7th district. A disctrict where, at every step, you feel the tranquil beauty of Paris, of sometimes ago, the splendid glamor of Napoleon’s latest home, the Invalides, and the Rodin Museum. The area of one of the chicest 5-star hotels I’ve been to – Le Cinq Codet.
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