Gare du Nord Paris
Memorial Plaque apartment of Victor Hugo in Paris
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Paris and its region
Avoid the tourist areas to enjoy the deep soul of the capital
Paris beyond the clichés, where old villages have become districts whilst preserving their stamp, streets with the colours of China, Senegal or Japan, and peaceful walks away from the usual tourist trails. Your itinerary takes you to unknown places (even to many Parisians), emblematic of the city’s great people and history. From typical Parisian ambiance to exotic neighborhoods and the best-renovated spaces of the capital, this is a stay that will change your view of the city of lights.
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Walk in the footsteps of the great figures of the capital: Maison de Balzac and Maison de Clémenceau can be visited around Promenade de Passy in the very chic 16th arrondissement. For lovers of art and painting, the Gustave Moreau Museum and the Museum of Romantic Life (with its adorable garden) await in SoPi, “South Pigalle”, one of the city’s liveliest areas. End proceddings in style at the Maison de Victor Hugo on Place des Vosges before spending a lively evening in the Marais.
The 13th arrondissement offers numerous short walks through old villages agglomerated in Paris. Admire the charming houses on Rue Daviel, drink water from the superb Fontaine de l’Albien in Place Paul Verlaine and admire the architecture of the Butte-aux-Cailles lido. A stone’s throw away, Chinatown is crammed with restaurants and Asian shops. Spend the afternoon on the banks of the Seine, on the BNF side and the City of Fashion and Design, near Austerlitz. End the evening on a barge towards Bastille.
Stroll through the Goutte d’Or to discover its frescoes on Rue Léon and Rue de la Goutte d’Or. Grab some food at the Dejean market, with the colours of Africa, then picnic in the Square Marcel Bleustein Blanchet (formerly Parc de la Turlure). Visit the Saint-Vincent quarter, with its intimate and peaceful cemetery and wild garden in summer. End proceedings in style dining and spending an evening here, or on the lively banks of Canal Saint-Martin. A little more tucked away but not too far, Rue des Petites Écuries is crammed with small bars.
Discover the marché de la rue Daguerre, pedestrianised and lively, in the district of Denfert-Rochereau. Then take a stroll in Montsouris Park, without forgetting to explore the adjacent streets (Saint-Yves, Georges Braque and Villa Seurat), where you will find some artists’ houses. Next, go to appreciate the architectural diversity of the Cité internationale universitaire, where each house represents a country! The student quarter is a must, you will find lots of spots to spend the evening. Unless you prefer the prospect of a show in one of the many theatres in Montparnasse.
Visit Japan in Paris! The quarter of la rue Sainte-Anne is full of unique restaurants and shops in the capital. You can even take classes in Ikebana (the art of floral composition) or just admire the creations. End with the House of Culture of Japan in Paris, before a visit to Quai Branly, dedicated to world cultures and exoticism. End your stay by strolling along Allée des Cygnes where you can admire the statues of freedom under the setting sun.
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