Let’s take a walk, shall we? We’ve already chatted about the top ten things to see in Paris. And last week I showed you the Paris Metro system and a few key stops to know about to get around town. However, Paris is such a gorgeous city and it’s not too hard to actually walk most of the city. The metro system is excellent and easy, but if you’re taking a once-in-a-lifetime trip, may I suggest taking a walk through Paris.
So today, come along with me! Let’s walk through the City of Light!
We are going to hop on the subway and head to the Eiffel Tower to start. Although you can get off at Bir-Hakeim we’re going to use the Champs de Mars stop. Pop up from the metro and you’ll be right at Musée de l’Homme. Walk a little bit (most likely you can just follow the crowds) and you are at probably the most popular attraction in Paris! And there is a reason. It is beautiful.
And the view from the top is incredible. If you only have one chance to visit this wonderful city, pay to go to the top. It is worth it! Since you are touring with me, enjoy the view!
Now that you’ve got a pretty incredible view of the city, let’s continue our walk. If you are so inclined, there is a beautiful little pathway to the right of the tower with some pretty fabulous apartments. Nothing super famous about it (excpet being next to the Eiffel Tower) but it’s so beautiful it’s almost magical.
Once you’ve explored the area a bit we’ll start the bulk of our walk today. At the end of the big grassy park take a left. Walk and walk and walk until you hit George V or the Champs Elysées. There you’ll be able to see the biggest roundabout in Paris that is a pain to drive around. You know it’s big when your GPS says “enter the roundabout 8th exit.”
After we’ve been able to go up the Arc and have a fabulous view of the Champs Elysées, we’re going to take a walk down it. Enjoy the beautiful shops, the cobblestone streets and the pretty lights. It’s one of the wealthiest streets in Paris and I’m sure you see why!
Once we’ve walked the length of the Champs Elysées, we have two choices. We could just keep walking all the way to the Place de la Concorde or catch a bike ride. We did that this last time in Paris, my mom, her friend, and me. We felt so bad for the driver — that is not a light load!! But it got us there quicker than walking and we could still see the city as we passed (as opposed to the metro). Not a bad choice! (sorry for the bad photo – but just to give you an idea of what I’m talking about!)
Once you’re at the Place de la Concord you’ll want to jump off and take a look at the little plaque that labels where Marie Antoinette & others were beheaded during the French Revolution. It’s a tiny little plaque. Maybe they’re not so proud of their revolution history? Still, for history nerds like me, it’s fun to see.
Then we’ll keep walking straight ahead entering the Tuileries garden. It’s such a beautiful walk. We’ll take a stop for a bit though, because we’ve been walking for a while and I’m sure we could use a break. Let’s pop into Angelina’s, the beautiful little tea room that was frequented by the likes of Coco Chanel & Audrey Hepburn. I’ll take one chocolat chaud, s’il vous plait! We’ve earned this one, ladies. Enjoy it.
Now that we’re refreshed, let’s continue our walk into the Louvre. We can tour around if you like or just hit the hot spots like the crown jewels or the Mona Lisa (called La Joconde in French). If you’re an art lover, we can stay here a bit longer. If you’re like me, we’ll just hit up the spots we know/understand, and bounce. Of course, photos in front of the pyramids, that’s a must!
Let’s continue along the Seine River a bit and cross at Pont Neuf – the oldest bridge in Paris. Once we’ve crossed we’ll be in the heart of Paris, where it all began, Île de la Cité . Here is where you will find the Conciergerie (where Marie Antoinette was imprisoned), Notre Dame, and Saint Chapelle. Let’s tour Notre Dame, shall we?
Magnificent, isn’t it? It not the prettiest cathedral I’ve ever seen in France, but it’s really cool to see how it was built and the fact that it was done so long ago. It’s amazing they were able to create such beauty. After we’ve done our photo ops and taken a (free!) tour, let’s cross the bridge heading the other direction, away from the Louvre. Just across, tucked behind some trees, you’ll find Shakespeare and Company. Let’s go inside, grab a book and sit a while.
Well, I think that’s it for today. I think we’ve seen quite a lot and had a nice long walking day around the city. I’m so glad you’ve joined me!! If you’re blessed enough to be in Paris more than one day, I would definitely recommend seeing Sacre Coeur. It has an incredible view of the city, the Opera Garnier because it’s amazing and Versailles because it’s magnificent.
I hope you enjoyed our walking tour today. Next week I think I’ll take you on a tour of the Paris Opera House — the Opera Garnier — because I have some pretty pictures and I never shared them!! It is a must-see in my opinion in Paris.
Now go have some cake because you walked a lot today! 😉
Check out more posts about visiting Paris!
- Part one: Visit Paris: What to see and Where to Go
- Part two: Getting Around Paris
- Part Four: Where to stay in Paris