Keeping up with Paris without money … Part 1 here.
Strolling thru the arrondissements (city districts) will take you to discover some of the most beautiful historic monuments of Paris. Paris has a total of 20 arrondissements. Paris is not a big city at all and with incredible public transportation you can come and go easily there.
I had some people that asked me if we rented a car while we were there. NOOOO!! You don’t need to rent a car!! Actually, if you rent it you’re gonna have so much headache with parking … it’s expensive too.
Bellow are some of the areas where we really loved to spend time while we were in Paris!! But there are so many that we would be posting for a couple more days…
We went to Montmartre – home to many famous artists such as Picasso and Vincent van Gogh. Well worth a day visit to Montmartre, it has a nice atmosphere and great energy at the artists markets.
It’s a beautiful place to discover and walk around with so much to see.
Montmartre also is a place where you can overlook all of Paris.You can come there and enjoy the scenery, watch street performances or organize a picnic.
We stopped by to have espressos at this super cute restaurant!
It is in Montmartre where Sacré Couer is situated. The basilica sits on the highest point in Paris. It’s easy to recognize from the Eiffel Tower.
The best view of Paris!
Saint-German-des-Près is the historical center of French intellectualism. This is the place where existentialism was born. At Café de Flore, Les Deux Magots, La Palette and Brasserie Lipp – it is overpriced and crowded at times but to know that Hemingway, Sartre and Camus and many others artists used to hang out in these places, it’s amazing. At the corner of the Rue Bonaparte, Sartre once lived. It is just so cultural!
Walk along the streets of Boulevard St-Germain, Rue de Seine, Rue de Rennes or Rue Bonaparte. Window shop, stop in a Boulangerie to buy a tarte and go to a Brasserie for an espresso … yumm!!
Saint-Germain is across the bridge from Notre Dame and it’s easy walking distance to the cathedral. As Samuel Johnson once said “if you are bored in St-Germain…then you’re bored with life”.
We have two favorites arrondissements in Paris: Saint-Germain-des Prés and Le Marais.
In this trip we spent more time in Le Marais than in the others arrondissements. There are so many boutiques and small specialty shops selling absolutely everything around that area. It’s so much fun to browse the vintages boutiques… I almost bought these sunglasses!! Playing supermodel… lol
There is so much life, personality and interesting people and things there. It’s a diverse place! It is the rejuvenated Jewish district of Paris with an interesting museum called the History & Art of Judaism, and it is the gay center too! You can go from the most modern boutiques and gay bars to the old Jewish quarter in the time of a few minutes.
This is the Paris that electrifies me and makes me want to go back already. The night life is amazing too!!
Don’t be afraid to get lost in Paris!!!
This absolutely gorgeous city is just too much to describe in words!!
Beijos e Tchau!
Ludmilla and Marilyn Chudda