A Parisian experience
The banks of the Seine on the Left Bank were made a pedestrian area in 2013 and people took to them straight away. Now, the Paris council has pedestrianised the Right Bank too, an initiative that some – mostly drivers – aren’t keen on.
It has to be said that strolling along the Seine without having to worry about the noise, danger and pollution of cars is pretty special. We went down to this brand new area and took advantage of the calm to take some shots of the Left Bank as we had never really seen it before.
Here’s our photo report!
And we finally found the time to get down there! Here’s our photo report…
We went down to both to see what they offer visitors, and it turns out that the experiences are very different indeed. Check out our photos…
and the new Grand Museum of Perfume more...
Over the years, this venerable restaurant has become a complex that fills an entire building near place de la Concorde, with an upstairs bar, a 300m² Art Nouveau museum spread over three floors, sumptuous reception rooms, an 80-seat theatre, a gift shop, a café…
We had a good look round, and for anyone interested in Art Nouveau it’s a unique feast for the eyes, less than thirty minutes from our hotels.
Here’s all the info.
and the Maxim’s Museum more...
Our last walk went in search of greenery along Paris’ old railway, la Petite Ceinture. This time we’re staying on our home turf and discovering all the great things around rue Saint-André-des-Arts, not far from our hotels – its little shops, loads of culture, great bars and restaurants and all the special touches that make Paris so special!
Here’s our photo report.
It’s like we couldn’t see the wood for the trees – although the Pantheon is directly in front of the Hôtel des Grands Hommes and the Hôtel les Dames du Panthéon, strangely we had never visited it for the blog!
And now that the major part of the renovation is finished, visits to the dome have restarted with great views of Paris… and our hotels!
Here’s out photo report!
Before the metro was invented in the mid-1800s, Paris had a circular railway called ‘la petite ceinture‘ (the little belt) that transported up to 14 million people per day. However, once underground trains arrived in the city, la petite ceinture fell out of favour and by 1935 it had closed to travellers, transporting only freight. Even that stopped twenty years ago, but interest in the land occupied by the railway never subsided.
Now, the various sites are slowly being transformed into walkways, gardens and allotments. We went on a walk across the Left Bank to enjoy the new green spaces created on the site of the railway, seek out the hidden areas where it goes beneath ground and enjoy the architecture of Paris along the way. It turned out to be a great walk with quite a few lovely surprises!
Here’s our photo report, with a map so you won’t miss anything or get lost!
The Delacroix Museum (managed by the Louvre) is just a few minutes away in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, a fountain bears his name in the Jardin du Luxembourg and his last works adorn the Chapel of the Holy Angels in Saint-Sulpice church.
We went searching and found Delacroix… everywhere! Here’s our report.
Visiting anywhere in Paris is always amazing, but what if you could do it like a VIP, without the crowds?
The Opéra Garnier, empty, just for you! No-one to get in the way of your photos!
Here’s our visit…
The Eiffel Tower. A majestic monument over 300 metres high with breathtaking views of course, but what if there was more to see, secret areas that most visitors can’t access?
We decided to go on a special guided visit that includes a vast bunker attached to the Tower that used to be a TV studio, the machine room for the lifts and a last stop on top of the Michelin-starred restaurant the Jules Verne!
And of course, all this is just a short distance from our hotels! Here’s our photo report of this very special visit.