« Roaming is human, strolling is Parisian », Victor Hugo.
Paris is the place where people like walking without knowing where to go, we call this “strolling”. Why Paris? Simply because this city is overflowing with charm and history. We like being lost in the narrow and lively streets, admiring the architecture all around us.
At the end of the First World War, strolling in Paris became widespread. During Les Années Folles, ( “the Roaring Twenties”) a movement of euphoria overwhelmed France and people started to rediscover the taste of living. Paris was at the centre of this joy, the United States invested in culture and artists and painters were back.
The Montparnasse and Montmartre districts, meeting places of intellectuals, represented this renewed” joie de vivre” and became the most famous and visited places of Paris. Thus, Parisians started to walk in the streets again, roaming and enjoying Paris.
From then on, this city became typical and well known for this activity, and if you have already been there, you must have probably done it.
So, where can we stroll in Paris?
Here are some beautiful places where you can take a walk and enjoy strolling.
Sunny days are coming back; you can enjoy nature at Le Jardin des Plantes and admire the flowers and trees. This colourful landscape will cheer you up.
Le Marais is the perfect place to get lost in the streets and discover the street art world. If you want to know more about this, you can book a visit on http://monbeauparis.com/paris-walking-tours/3-the-marais-street-art-polaroid-semi-private-tour. We like this place so much because of the joyful atmosphere and its elegance, and you can spend hours walking there.
You can also enjoy the Haussmann-style buildings at the Grands Boulevards between the Place of Republic and the Opera. During the nights, bars are open and you can appreciate the Parisian nightlife.
Don’t forget to go to Saint Germain des Prés district, the place when Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir used to go and meet at the Café De Flore surrounded by intellectuals and artists, painters, musicians, etc.
Finally, Montmartre, famous for its basilica of Sacré Coeur, is the gastronomic and cultural place, you can find many restaurants and theatres there. If you walk on the streets, you will meet singers playing acoustic guitar.
We hope you will spend a great day in Paris strolling!
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