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radiofanatic Sep 21st, 2006 07:02 AM

Websites with Free Walking Tours of Paris
I'm a girl who does best when having a guide in hand with walking tours showing actual roads, etc. to take. Any suggestions on where to find those for Paris? I don't like vague summaries on to go here, here, etc. I want to have a starting and stopping point with directions in between - thanks!

zeppo2 Sep 21st, 2006 07:14 AM

Look for the links to Degas' Paris walks--it's towards the bottom of the Paris superthread:;tid=34519236

Michel_Paris Sep 21st, 2006 07:19 AM

If you look for books by Thirza Valois, you will find what you want. She breaks Paris into the arrondissements, talks about the history of the area, then gives you a walking tour (start at the corner of xx and xx, turn left, at #32 you will see the house once inhabited by,etc...

kybourbon Sep 21st, 2006 07:21 AM

Here's a link for Degas' passage walk.;tid=34731940

PalenqueBob Sep 21st, 2006 07:24 AM

Yes to Degas' Paris walks posts - as good or better than guidebooks and free!

jody Sep 21st, 2006 07:38 AM

These are free too and come with a map and can be broken up into sections.

radiofanatic Sep 21st, 2006 11:55 AM

thank you for the responses so far - anyone else?

PalenqueBob Sep 21st, 2006 12:14 PM

My favorite Paris walk and one you won't need a map for is:

Start at the Louvre and walk straight as an arrow to Etoile and the Arc de Triomphe - about two miles at most, passing by many Parisian landmarks.

From the Louvre, traipse thru the Tuileries gardens, the by the Jeu de Pomme and Orangerie museums overlooking the Place de Concorde - there are benches on the Tuileries west end that are perched right over the Place de Concorde - sit here and be amazed by the seemingly chaotic stream of traffic blowing thru the square and think of all the heads that were lost to the guillotine here during the French Revolution.

Cross the Concorde, on the right side of which is the Palace of the President of France (I believe) and next to it the heavily barricaded U.S. Embassy with a falange of armored police cars and vans ubiquitously parked out front.

Then start up the Champs-Elysees, passing by the ornate Petite and Grande Palaces, remnants of a 1900 World's Exhibitions, and along the Champs, passing luxury car dealers, tacky shopping malls to the Etoile, where i think 12 streets come in, making it star-like to the Arc de Triomphe - climb it to take in a wondrous view of paris.

You can then take one of the avenues going off the Etoile a short distance down to the Eiffel Tower and then follow the Seine back to the Louvre or Left Bank heart.

Travelnut Sep 22nd, 2006 07:46 AM

pjsparlor Sep 22nd, 2006 08:16 AM


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