A walk around Paris, France


Our hotel room was above Kult Restaurant in the front corner of the beautifully restored and newly opened Le Saint Hotel located between the Seine and Boulevard Saint-Germain in the 6th Arr., Paris, France


On our way back to the United States from the Middle East when we debarked from the ship, we stopped for two days in Paris, France – just long enough to relax and get into the “French” pace of life and enjoy the scenery, people, and wonderful food and wine.  Each day we walked over 10 miles (16 kilometers) around the heart of the city, criss-crossing the Seine on the first day, meeting an old friend from California, who is now living in Paris, for lunch in the Marais near the Place des Vosges.  It was a beautiful, warm fall day and we took just a few photographs to remember the ambience of the city on a beautiful day.



One of many cafes on Boulevard Saint-Germain with outdoor seating, Café de Flore is an old Left Bank institution – one of the city’s oldest, having opened in the 1880s, during the French Third Republic – very popular with famous writers and philosophers and artists such as Pablo Picasso, Paris, France



Down the boulevard is another well-known café, Les Doux Magots, the main “rival” of Café de Flore, having hosted many luminaries such as Jean-Paul Sarte, Simone de Beauvoir and Albert Camus, Paris, France


“Romantic, vain, convivial, petty—defining Paris is a favorite pastime of the Parisians themselves.  ‘[Paris] changes faster, alas, than a mortal’s heart,’ wrote Baudelaire.  France’s capital is home to haute couture, masterpieces of art and architecture, and temples of fine dining, but also cozy bistros, vibrant ethnic enclaves, and bohemian cafés.  One of the most visited destinations in the world, the City of Light glitters brighter than ever.” – http://www.travel.nationalgeographic.com



The Benedictine Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Pres on the Left Bank was founded in the 6th century and was the burial place of Merovingian kings of Neustria; the church gave its name to the quarter of Saint-Germain-des-Pres which is also part of the Latin Quarter, named because Latin was the main language at the University of Paris — on the land along the Seine (donated by the Church) – as Latin was the only common language among its foreign students; Paris, France



Residences and shops and restaurants along Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris, France



Charcuterie from the Basque region for sale at a street market along Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris, France



Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris, begun in 1163 and completed in 1345, is considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture (and is among the first buildings in the world to use the flying buttress) and sits at the southeastern end of Île de la Cité (island in the Seine River in the heart of Paris), France



The used-book sellers (bouquinistes) along the Seine around Notre-Dame on the Left Bank are a Parisian fixture, France



Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris is probably best known for its relation to the story of the Hunchback of Notre Dame (in the book The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo), made famous also by the numerous cartoons and movies inspired by it, Paris, France



The best pastries in the world… the window of one of many patissières we passed on our walk around Paris, France



One corner of the Place des Vosges (built by Henri IV from 1605 to 1612), the oldest planned square in Paris and one of the finest in the city, located in the Marais district, France; its most famous resident was Victor Hugo



One of several beautiful fountains in the Place des Vosges, located in the Marais district, Paris, France


4 thoughts on “A walk around Paris, France

  1. Our friends from Bend who had moved to Port Vendres ( couple we visited last September) have moved to Paris. They now live near the Arc De Triompe. Your blog gives me the impetus to Visit them again! We are currently in Utah enjoying Zion, Vermillion cliffs and Bryce Amazing sights and killer hikes FUN!!!! Be well.

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