Stories from Paris first 3 districts

An itinerary through the center of Paris, full of little stories behind the Big One.

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What you will do

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This can take as long as a day, if you're up to. Get your breakfast and make a short morning walk in the Tuileries Garden, then spend the rest of the morning in one (or several) of the Louvre Museum's wings. Have lunch at the Carrousel du Louvre.

The afternoon will be spent walking through the history of Paris, from the medieval times to the XIXth century, through the Renaissance. It will guide you through the exquisite district known as "Le Marais" where you'll find plenty of nice places for coffee and short breaks. Then you'll be back to the 1st district, at the Palais-Royal Garden.

Step by step
  • So we begin at the Tuileries (Tuileries or Concorde subway stations on line 1). If it's rainy or cold, go straight to the Louvre. 1
  • A full visit of the Louvre would take at least 1 day, if not 2. We suggest focusing on a few famous paintings, or if you've already been to the museum, on one of its wing. 2
  • Exit the museum and, if you want to, have lunch at the Carrousel du Louvre (there are shops also) then take de Rivoli street, go past the Place du Palais-Royal and turn right into de l'Amiral Coligny street, up to both the 1st district Town Hall and Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois church. 3
  • Then head to Pont-Neuf subway station and look at the banks of the Seine, then take des Bourdonnais street and, to the right, Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois street until you reach the Châtelet theater. Turn around it through Victoria avenue up to the Place du Châtelet. From here you'll be able to see Saint-Jacques tower. Take Victoria avenue again until the City Hall (the Hôtel de Ville), then turn left and find du Temple street, then, on the right, Rambuteau street. You are now in the Marais district. Continue straight ahead into the long des Francs-Bourgeois street until you find Payenne street on your left. 4
  • Now turn left into du Parc-Royal street, at the other end of Payenne street, and turn right into Vieille-du-Temple street. Enjoy being in the Marais and find Turenne street, maybe through Debeylleme street, then take Saint-Claude street following the general direction you've already took. 5
  • Take Beaumarchais boulevard up to Saint-Sébastien Froissart subway station, then turn left into rue du Pont-aux-Choux street. Back in Turenne street, go north and, before reaching des Filles-du-Calvaire street, turn left into de Bretagne street up to the Square du Temple. 6
  • Go around the Square du Temple and when you'll reach du Temple street, take it to the south until you find, on your right, de Montmorency street. 7
  • Go to Sébastopol boulevard through du Bourg-l'Abbé street, then take de Turbigo street up to Etienne-Marcel subway station and, from here, to Etienne-Marcel street. 8
  • Stay on Etienne-Marcel street up to the Place des Victoires, then take the little Vide-Gousset street ("Vide-Gousset" means "thief") to reach des Petits-Pères square. 9
  • Finally, take des Petits-Pères street then des Petits-Champs street and turn left into Vivienne street which will lead you to the Palais-Royal and its garden. 10
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