From Abbesses, one the deepest metro stations in Paris, walk up the Butte Montmartre. Along the way, rest at a bench in the small planted garden of Square Jehan-Rictus, as you attempt to decipher “I love you” written in over 300 hundred different languages. Windmills, washing boats and countless impressionist scenes await as you meander towards the mysterious Mist Alley (“Allée des Brouillards”).
The Sacré Coeur Basilica, sitting atop the Montmartre Hill, has one of the best vistas in Paris. It is a bit of a hike up the winding streets and the 222 steps. But you’ll be rewarded by beautiful houses, churches, parks and even a vineyard in Paris! This walk provides opportunities to sample caricatures by the local artists. Who knows, you might even have time to stop for a drink and a show at the Cabaret Le Lapin Agile.
Discover the Paris village of la Butte aux Cailles with its low rise houses and laid back atmosphere. Cobble streets and passageways wind their ways from quiet villas to local restaurants, bakeries, brasseries and family run shops. From small public gardens, to old buildings such as the Romanesque Byzantine Church Sainte Anne, or the Place de la Commune de Paris where the 1871 Paris uprising was fought, history quietly accompanies your steps far from the tourist crowds.
Left bank (rive gauche) or right bank (rive droite) of the Seine River? This long walk (or jog) will take you from the Eiffel Tower across Paris, all the way to the Latin Quarter. Cross bridges to discover imposing palaces, museums and gardens as you discover the riverside of Paris. From the Tuileries gardens, to the National Assembly, rest along the banks as tour boats and stately barges sail by.
Walk the nooks of the old Roman city of Lutetia at the heart of Paris. Marvel at the learned professors (and reveling students) of one of Europe’s oldest medieval universities, the Sorbonne. The Latin Quarter is home of Notre Dame Cathedral, the Pantheon, cobblestone streets, countless churches and even the Great Mosque of Paris. Streets are lined with bookstores (from mangas to scholarly tomes), cafés and hole in the wall party hotspots.