Walks in Paris will be simple if you stay at the boutique hotel Degres de Notre
Dame right in the heart of the action, within sight of Notre Dame Cathedral on
one side and an easy walk to the Pantheon and the Latin Quarter on the other
side. The hotel might be tiny by most standards, but the Hotel Degres de Notre
Dame offers a continental breakfast and an English speaking staff that includes
manager Cecile who is exceedingly helpful. She will help you with good local
information, maps of the city and she will ease your stay in the walkable city of
Walk one block north of the hotel and you are at the Cathedral of Notre Dame
and the island within the seine. This landmark can help to distinguish all other
features on the maps and it can act as your guide to all of Paris; the 200-foot
high towers of the Gothic cathedral built in 1163 are visible from several blocks
From the hotel you can walk through the grounds of the Cathedral to Saint
Chapelle, a church built in 1240 to house holy relics, including the crown of
thorns, and now famed for its stained glass windows. From there go along the
seine to the Louvre.
An alternative is to walk to the boat dock on the seine and take the Batobus tour
boats where 14 Euros gives you two days of on and off stops at eight locations
of significance on the Seine. This could be one of the best bargains in Paris and
will give you a great overview of the city.
In June, darkness falls at about 10:00 PM in Paris,
lengthening your day of sightseeing.
An afternoon Paris walk will give you four to eight
hours of daylight, enough to catch a lengthy hike and
include a sunset from one of the 30 or more bridges
that cross the Seine in the center of the city.
The first walk could start at the Notre Dame
Cathedral and take you to the Musee du Louvre,
walking through the gardens to the Place de la
Concorde and its Egyptian obelisk. Continue along
the Avenue des Champs-Elysees and through a
gauntlet of sidewalk restaurants and upscale shops
including a gigantic Sephorus.
The avenue ends at a rotary around the Arc de
Triomphe. From there a walk down Avenue Kleber
to the Trocadero will give you a great view of the
Eiffel Tower. From the Eiffel Tower a walk through
the Champ de Mars Park and then to Avenue de
Tourville will take you to the Mussee D' Larmee,
Napoleon's tomb and to the Musee d Orsay. From
there a walk along the Seine will take you back to the
Cathedral de Notre Dame.
With a 14 Euro, two-day Batoboat ticket you could
combine walking and the boat's handy docks on the
river to make the same trip with less walking.
Another walk from the Hotel Degres de Notre Dame
will take you through the Latin Quarter. This one may
best be done at twilight when the clubs and
restaurants start to hum with music and the
excitement of pick-up bands of clarinet, guitar, and
violin that try to capture a Django Reinhardt,
Stephane Grapelli mood.
The Sorbonne and Pantheon mark this area of
clubs, restaurants, and lively nightlife.
Another small hotel in the Latin Quarter, the
Observatoire Luxembourg, just across from the
Garden of Luxembourg on the Boulevard
Saint-Michel, gives good access to the heart of Paris
and although small, will offer friendly service and
convenience to the Metro at the Luxembourg station
or to walks along the Seine.
Another Paris Walk in the Montmartre to the
Basilica of Sacre Coeur (Sacred Heart) starts after
a bus or subway ride to the vicinity of Gare du
Norde, Gare St Lazare, or the Blanche Metro
Station near Boulevard de Clichy, easily identified
landmarks on the maps.
The Sacre Coeur is the highest point in Paris and
from the steps of the basilica you can get a great
view of the city.
Walk to the Moulin Rouge on Boulevard de
Clichy and visit the cabaret that has for over a
hundred years held performances.
Toulouse-Lautrec left a record of the turn of the
century Moulin Rouge performers with his paintings, a
style that remains with glitter and the feathers of the
Many other guided tours by bike, walking , or Segway
Twilight Walks in Paris
Paris: Made for Walking Paris may be the ultimate walkable city. So
much history and great architecture located in a small area along the River Seine
makes Paris ideal for those that like to walk. If you combine the boats that cruise
the Seine with the buses that make loops through the heart of the city and if you
use the Cathedral of Notre Dame as a central landmark, you can easily navigate
the city and visit many of the historic sites in four or five walking trips.
Dining is a great
experienced in Paris, not
only for the French
cuisine of several
regions but for the many
Chinese and other ethnic
Another Paris walk takes in the area
between the Boulevards St Michel,
Raspail, and St Germain where
uncountable restaurants offer every kind
of dining experience imaginable.
For Provence favorites try Le Chat Que Peche
on the pedestrian-only street near the Gothic
St. Severin Church. Their limited menu
includes mussel in cream sauce, their wines,
Cotes Du Rhone.
Best Bargain: Boat Tours on the Seine River
Combine the walking tours with a two-day ticket
on the Batobus boat cruise on the Seine.
The boat cruise allows you get on and off at eight
stops on the Seine that are a short walk to
museums and sites of historic importance.
Notre Dame Cathedral
on the Island within the
Seine makes a handy
landmark with a fabulous
interior. Grounds close
dinner cruise and
sightseeing trips on the
Paris Walks, Walking Tours of Paris, France
Walking Tours of Paris
Dozens of restaurants compete for
business with colorful displays on the
pedestrian-only streets near the Gothic
church of St.Severin.
Paris is a walkers city even in the rain. Hotel lobbies, Coffee Shops,
Restaurants, Churches, and dozens of museums let us duck in out of
the Paris mist.
landmark. The two day pass on the boat is a great bargain. When you
combine Paris walking with a boat ride you can see much of the
Four Paris Walks
Shopping on the
Many other guided
tours by bike, walking
available, check links
Paris walking tours take you through the historic
city where you can combine the boats that cruise
the Seine with the buses that make loops through
the heart of the city.
A Paris Vacation offers museums in the city of Paris, boat tours on the Seine, Bus tours, and trains that serve
the outlying regions.
Paris offers sightseeing, shopping and museums in the center along the Seine. The tourist buses and boats
make sightseeing loops through the city with stops at important sites, gardens and museums.
March, April, May, and June are good times to go to Paris for walking the city, museum visits, biking outlying
regions, and the culinary vacation. The weather in Paris is temperate from March to May (50-75 F) and the
city will not be too crowded.
July and August are high season and the time when many Paris shops close for vacation. Accommodations
could be scarce in June July August. some restaurants and shops close the month of August.
Weather is good in September October, great months to visit Paris.
Showers could come in any month but will be of short duration. Snow is rare
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