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Afternoon in Paris’s Posh 16th Arrondissement

Now that France’s First Lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, has given birth—to a girl on Oct. 19—perhaps you can catch a glimpse of her strolling around the neighborhood where they live, in Paris’s 16th Arrondissement. But even without a celebrity sighting, the leafy, museum-filled area is worth a visit.

Along the wide avenues of this posh, mostly residential neighborhood are sprawling 19th-century buildings, manicured gardens, and noteworthy museums.

Begin your trip at the open promenade of Esplanade du Trocadéro, very close to where Ms. Bruni-Sarkozy gave birth, for one of Paris’ best unobstructed views of the Eiffel Tower.

Then head out to the neighborhood’s fantastic museums. For modern art, head to the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, or if you love Impressionism, visit the Musée Marmottan Monet. For architecture and design buffs, there’s the Fondation Le Corbusier.

There’s no way of knowing whether you’ll spot the Premier Dame of France sitting stroller-side at a local café, but don’t let that spoil your lunch plans. Try Le Petit Retro, a bistro with hearty dishes and prix-fixe menus from €25. For dinner, splurge on haute modern French cuisine at L’Astrance.

If you’ve enjoyed your day but haven’t yet scored a presidential celeb sighting, devote a Saturday or Sunday to wandering around the 8th Arrondissement near the Élysée Palace—where the Sarkozy’s spend most of their weekends.

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