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From: Jason H. Cunningham
Date: 01-15-2015 13:16:39 pm

Subject: >Explore Paris on Foot


Explore Paris on Foot

By Jason H. Cunningham

All you really need to explore the heart of a city is your own feet. This is especially true for a city as old as Paris. The French capital has a wealth of history, and these roots still shape the paths around the Seine and beyond.

While the city does have a large selection of expensive accommodation, there are also some affordable and well-facilitated hostels. Paris does not necessarily need to cost the earth, and staying in this kind of accommodation will allow you to explore the city on foot with ease, as well as keeping the budget on track. With a stay in one of the excellent central hostels, Paris' most wonderful attractions are never more than a walk away.

Notre Dame

A great place to start a walking itinerary is around the Notre Dame. While you will no doubt find yourself awestruck by its majesty, look closely as you wander around the outside and you will notice the twists and turns of its architecture that have made it so famous over the centuries. As it is not far from the centre of the city - and within easy distance of central hostels - Paris' most famous church will also give access to the long avenues and wide bridges that cross the Seine, so it is an ideal and memorable place to begin a longer stroll.

Follow the Seine

As you leave Ile de la Cite and set your feet toward Pont des Arts, you'll need to decide whether to walk on the side of the river by the Theatre de la Ville or that nearer to the Sorbonne. Either will offer a wonderful experience. If you turn on your heel and head in the other direction, toward the Bastille, you'll be in for a good dose of historical sightseeing, but that might be best left for another day. A stroll along the river in the direction of the Eiffel Tower offers a leisurely view of historical beauty. From the Louvre to the Church of Saint Thomas d'Aquin, and from the Jardin des Tulieries to the National Assembly, on either bank you won't be disappointed.

Champs Elysees to the Eiffel Tower

The journey on foot to the Eiffel Tower will take you through gardens and squares, past cafes and statues, along the length of the Seine and under the shadow of gleaming gold monuments. When you reach the famous avenue of the Champs Elysees, you'll pass uber chic cafes and ultra high-end shops and boutiques, as well as stopping to marvel at the famous arch itself, of course. When you finally arrive at Avenue Kleber, cross the Trocadero Gardens and cast your eyes on the Eiffel Tower, you can truly say your feet have navigated across the heartbeat of this fascinating and renowned city.

This is just one of the walking itineraries you can embark on, and with a stay in any of the centrally located hostels, Paris becomes more accessible, budget friendly and wide open to exploration.

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