Walking Around Paris, France At My Own Pace

3 years ago, I went to Paris with a Bus full of 50 Young Party-centric tourists, on a mad-dash through Europe, to see 14 cities, in only 30 days!! This meant Paris was relegated to 1 day of Eiffel Tower, view the city through the windows of the bus, and get out.

Needless to say, this wasn't a great experience to actually see or experience any of Europe, or Paris for that matter.

So this time around, after living in Kyiv, Ukraine for 2.5 months, It was time to pay a little visit to Paris, and see, feel and experience everything at my own pace.

Walking The Streets of Paris

Upon arriving in Paris from Kyiv, I took a quick breather of 1 hour, then began my 20km walk around Paris on day 1.

Upon arriving to Paris, I took a quick break and began exploring Paris right away!

Gare Du Nord, the metro station where the trains run to, and where my Hotel was located

Gare Du Nord, the metro station where the trains run to, and where my Hotel was located

Gare Du Nord Train station

Gare Du Nord Train station

A large collective of African immigrants was something of a novelty to see in Paris

A large collective of African immigrants was something of a novelty to see in Paris

25 Hours Hotel in Paris

25 Hours Hotel in Paris

A Lexus as a Taxi in Paris

A Lexus as a Taxi in Paris

The relatively more expensive taxi cars, as opposed to Kyiv (where I just came from, which have very inexpensive models of cars)

The relatively more expensive taxi cars, as opposed to Kyiv (where I just came from, which have very inexpensive models of cars)

Police patrol the streets of Paris, to prevent any further terrorist attacks

Police patrol the streets of Paris, to prevent any further terrorist attacks

A man cooks corn, and popcorn on the streets of Paris

A man cooks corn, and popcorn on the streets of Paris

Walking around the streets of Paris

Walking around the streets of Paris

An armored Police officer in Paris patrols the streets

An armored Police officer in Paris patrols the streets

Riding a scooter in Paris is much more feasible, than in Kyiv or Toronto

Riding a scooter in Paris is much more feasible, than in Kyiv or Toronto

A man listens to music while sitting on a bench in Paris

A man listens to music while sitting on a bench in Paris

A religious man (unknown religion) looks at me, as I attempt to take a telephoto of him

A religious man (unknown religion) looks at me, as I attempt to take a telephoto of him

Exploring the characteristic Parisian streets

Exploring the characteristic Parisian streets

A corner building featuring 7 floors in Paris

A corner building featuring 7 floors in Paris

I decided to step into this Artisan Boulanger Parissier, to see what they were baking

I decided to step into this Artisan Boulanger Parissier, to see what they were baking

The delicious foods prepared in french bakeries - eventually carried over to the rest of Europe through cultural expansion (as far as Russia even)

The delicious foods prepared in french bakeries – eventually carried over to the rest of Europe through cultural expansion (as far as Russia even)

The delicious foods prepared in french bakeries - eventually carried over to the rest of Europe through cultural expansion (as far as Russia even)

The delicious foods prepared in french bakeries – eventually carried over to the rest of Europe through cultural expansion (as far as Russia even)

The narrow, 18th century high-rise buildings overshadow the streets of Paris in the evening

The narrow, 18th century high-rise buildings overshadow the streets of Paris in the evening

A narrow street faces towards something of interest in Paris

A narrow street faces towards something of interest in Paris

Parisians sit on the sidewalks and have a casual drink in the evening

Parisians sit on the sidewalks and have a casual drink in the evening

Porte Saint-Denis in Paris, built in 1675.

Porte Saint-Denis in Paris, built in 1675.

The beautiful architecture of Paris, features some really stunning rooftops

The beautiful architecture of Paris, features some really stunning rooftops

A man performs routine maintenance in Paris

A man performs routine maintenance in Paris

 

Aux Fruits D'or convenience shop in Paris

Aux Fruits D'or convenience shop in Paris

Crossing the streets of Paris

Crossing the streets of Paris

An interesting Thai restaurant in Paris. France and Thailand have an interesting history together.

Bike sharing, as well as electric scooter sharing in Paris is massively popular!

Bike sharing, as well as electric scooter sharing in Paris is massively popular!

A castle-like tower points into the sky, through the narrow streets of Paris

A castle-like tower points into the sky, through the narrow streets of Paris

Under the Châtelet - Les Halles. A beautiful piece of innovation

Under the Châtelet – Les Halles. A beautiful piece of innovation

A Lego Notre-Dame

A Lego Notre-Dame

Under the Châtelet - Les Halles

Under the Châtelet – Les Halles

The gothic Église Saint-Eustache (church)

The gothic Église Saint-Eustache (church)

The gothic Église Saint-Eustache (church)

The gothic Église Saint-Eustache (church)

The narrow streets of Paris were not built for the cars of today, but they have been accommodated to fit properly

The narrow streets of Paris were not built for the cars of today, but they have been accommodated to fit properly

Crossing the Pont Neuf

Crossing the Pont Neuf, opened in 1607

Leonidas posing in the sunset of Paris

Leonidas posing in the sunset of Paris

The sunset touches down over the horizon of Paris (I completely didnt realize that I was shooting JPEG instead of RAW)

The sunset touches down over the horizon of Paris (I completely didnt realize that I was shooting JPEG instead of RAW)

Tourist boats travel along the Seine during Sunset

Tourist boats travel along the Seine during Sunset

A boat of tourists sailing down the Seine

A boat of tourists sailing down the Seine

Statue of Henry the 4th along the Pont Neuf

Statue of Henry the 4th along the Pont Neuf

Parisians sit and enjoy the sunset

Parisians sit and enjoy the sunset

The Institut de France

The Institut de France

The Institut de France, headquarters of the 5 French intellectual academies

The Institut de France, headquarters of the 5 French intellectual academies

The beautiful Parisian architecture in the background of the Pont Neuf

The beautiful Parisian architecture in the background of the Pont Neuf

l'École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts (National School of Fine Arts)

l'École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts (National School of Fine Arts)

Facing the Montparnasse Tower in Paris

Facing the Montparnasse Tower in Paris

A building that was previously a church?

A building that was previously a church?

The lighting on the streets of paris at Dusk

The lighting on the streets of Paris at Dusk

A convenience store in Paris at night

A convenience store in Paris at night

Statue de Pasteur, famed Artist in the 19th century Paris

Statue de Pasteur, famed Artist in the 19th century Paris

The Esplanade Jacques Chaban-Delmas facing the Musée de l'Armée

The Esplanade Jacques Chaban-Delmas facing the Musée de l'Armée

The Musée de l'Armée (I didn't have enough time to visit this place, unfortunately)

The Musée de l'Armée (I didn't have enough time to visit this place, unfortunately)

Directions for popular destinations in Paris

Directions for popular destinations in Paris

Statues at the Place du Trocadero

Statues at the Place du Trocadero

Statues at the Place du Trocadero

Statues at the Place du Trocadero

The Next Day in Paris

After a long walk through the streets of Paris the night before, it was time to do it all over again the following day.

Despite being a city of extreme wealth and luxury, Paris still faces problems that have been difficult to solve for centuries.

Despite being a city of extreme wealth and luxury, Paris still faces problems that have been difficult to solve for centuries.

The beautiful walkways in between buildings in Paris

The beautiful walkways in between buildings in Paris

A view of Paris at noon, from the Sacré-Cœur

A view of Paris at noon, from the Sacré-Cœur

An onslaught of tourists visit Paris every single day, without end - A view of Paris at noon, from the Sacré-Cœur

An onslaught of tourists visit Paris every single day, without end – A view of Paris at noon, from the Sacré-Cœur

Entertainers play music in Montmarte

Entertainers play music in Montmarte

Oil on canvas paintings for sale in Montmarte

Oil on canvas paintings for sale in Montmarte

Oil on canvas paintings for sale in Montmarte

Oil on canvas paintings for sale in Montmarte

A cafe in the artsy district of Paris

A cafe in the artsy district of Paris

A mausoleum along the streets of Paris

A mausoleum along the streets of Paris

An interesting Windmill restaurant in Paris

An interesting Windmill restaurant in Paris

The Simpsons as art on the walls of Paris

The Simpsons as art on the walls of Paris

The "I Love You" Wall in Montmarte

The “I Love You” Wall in Montmarte

Entering the Red Light District in Paris (Boulevard De Clichy)

Entering the Red Light District in Paris (Boulevard De Clichy)

Souvenirs for Sale in the Red Light District (Boulevard De Clichy)

Souvenirs for Sale in the Red Light District in Paris (Boulevard De Clichy)

Dozens of shops sell sex-related content in the red light district of Paris

Dozens of shops sell sex-related content in the red light district of Paris (Boulevard De Clichy)

The World-Famous Moulin Rouge

The World-Famous Moulin Rouge

A statue in the center of Boulevard de Clichy

A statue in the center of Boulevard de Clichy

Stalingrad station? (Stalingrad is a historical city that was invaded by Nazi Germany in WW2)

Stalingrad station? (Stalingrad is a historical city in Russia that was invaded by Nazi Germany in WW2)

A single metro station in Paris

A single metro station in Paris

Preparing food at Five Guys burger restaurant in Paris

Preparing food at Five Guys burger restaurant in Paris

An old school Porche on the streets of Paris

An old school Porche on the streets of Paris

The Arc De Triomphe (Arc of Triumph)

Built in 1806 to commemorate the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. The Russian Imperial Army, as well as Hitler's army both marched their armies through these arches.

Leonidas standing in front of Arc Du Triuomphe

Leonidas standing in front of Arc Du Triuomphe

The absolutely stunning sculptures on the Arc Du Triomphe

The absolutely stunning sculptures on the Arc Du Triomphe

The absolutely stunning sculptures on the Arc Du Triomphe

The absolutely stunning sculptures on the Arc Du Triomphe

The absolutely stunning sculptures on the Arc Du Triomphe

The absolutely stunning sculptures on the Arc Du Triomphe

The absolutely stunning sculptures on the Arc Du Triomphe

The absolutely stunning sculptures on the Arc Du Triomphe

The absolutely stunning sculptures on the Arc Du Triomphe

The absolutely stunning sculptures on the Arc Du Triomphe

The absolutely stunning sculptures on the Arc Du Triomphe

The absolutely stunning sculptures on the Arc Du Triomphe

Continuing Through The Streets of Paris

Along the way, there were fancy cars, beautiful sights, and interesting events that took place.

A Bugatti Veyron on the streets of Paris

A Bugatti Veyron on the streets of Paris

The Palais de Tokyo dedicated to Modern and Contemporary Art

The Palais de Tokyo dedicated to Modern and Contemporary Art

A guitar circle forms for middle aged Parisians

A guitar circle forms for middle aged Parisians

Iranian awareness march in Paris

Iranian awareness march in Paris

A couple gets married in Paris, a very expensive endeavor

A couple gets married in Paris, a very expensive endeavor

The Jardins Du Trocadero on a hot sunny day

The Jardins Du Trocadero on a hot sunny day

Waiting for the next bus outside the Musée de l'Armée

Waiting for the next bus outside the Musée de l'Armée

The High-tech buildings around Gare de La Défense

Military patrol around Gare de La Défense

Military patrol around Gare de La Défense

A panorama of Gare de La Défense

A panorama of Gare de La Défense

Leonidas looking cool at Gare de La Défense

Leonidas looking cool at Gare de La Défense

Cafes Around Paris

Parisians and tourists alike, enjoy sitting outside Cafes and restaurants, and people-watching. While I don't particularly recommend this activity, because of car pollution, and general street noise, it's very much a cultural thing.

Les Volcans Cafe in Paris

Les Volcans (the volcanoes) Cafe in Paris

Le Magnum Bar & Restaurant in Paris

Le Magnum Bar & Restaurant in Paris

Ma Cave Fleury cafe and bar

Ma Cave Fleury cafe and bar

A large conglomeration sits outside a bar, restaurant in Paris

A large conglomeration sits outside a bar, restaurant in Paris

Le Bonaparte Restaurant

Le Bonaparte Restaurant

Les Deux Magots Restaurant (The Two Magots?)

Les Deux Magots Restaurant (The Two Magots?)

Cafe Des Officiers (Officers Cafe) in Paris at night

Cafe Des Officiers (Officers Cafe) in Paris at night

A waiter serves food at a cafe in Montmarte

A waiter serves food at a cafe in Montmarte

Religion, Churches & Christianity in Paris

Like any good Christian European nation, Paris features an abundance of lavish, intricate, luxurious, and wonderfully built relics to Christianity.

The first church that I came across while venturing through the streets of Paris

The first church that I came across while venturing through the streets of Paris. Saint-Eugène Sainte-Cécile Church

A plane flies high above Paris and this church

A plane flies high above Paris and Saint-Eugène Sainte-Cécile Church

Inside, Parisians pray to their god

Inside, Parisians pray to their god inside Saint-Eugène Sainte-Cécile Church

Parisian churches are considered of "Gothic" design

Parisian churches are considered of “Gothic” design. Inside Saint-Eugène Sainte-Cécile Church

The ultra-gothic rooftops of another church

The ultra-gothic rooftops of another church in Paris

Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés

The Sacré-Cœur, completed in 1914

The Sacré-Cœur, completed in 1914

Bronze statues adorn the entrances to the Sacré-Cœur

Bronze statues adorn the entrances to the Sacré-Cœur

A statue of Jesus at the Sacré-Cœur

A statue of Jesus at the Sacré-Cœur

Inside the Sacré-Cœur

Inside the Sacré-Cœur

A friar holds a baby inside the Sacré-Cœur

A friar holds a baby inside the Sacré-Cœur

A glass mosaic inside the Sacré-Cœur

A glass mosaic inside the Sacré-Cœur

Worshippers at the feet of the virgin? inside the Sacré-Cœur

Worshippers at the feet of the virgin? inside the Sacré-Cœur

The large towers that surround the Sacré-Cœur

The large towers that surround the Sacré-Cœur

Paroisse Saint Jean de Montmartre church

Paroisse Saint Jean de Montmartre church

Around the Louvre Museum

The Louvre is the world largest art museum, encompassing more art that one can possible ever remember. I took photos of art that appeals to me. Mainly classical art that depicts life in the past, or anything else that is interesting (I don't know the names of any of the painters or paintings).

Walking towards the Louvre

Walking towards the Louvre

Entering the Louvre

Entering the Louvre

The beautiful statues that adorn the walls of the Louvre

The beautiful statues that adorn the walls of the Louvre

A Ferris wheel sits just in front of the Louvre

A Ferris wheel sits just in front of the Louvre

View of the City of Luxemburg from the baths of Mansfeld (taken on 3 June 1684) by Adam Frans van der Meulen

View of the City of Luxemburg from the baths of Mansfeld (taken on 3 June 1684) by Adam Frans van der Meulen

The city and the harbor of Toulon by Joseph Vernet

The city and the harbor of Toulon by Joseph Vernet

Le Pont du Gard, painted by Hubert Robert for King Louis XVI in 1786

Le Pont du Gard, painted by Hubert Robert for King Louis XVI in 1786

Ancient roman architecture

Ancient roman architecture

Hubert Robert - The Arc de Triomphe and the Theatre of Orange

Hubert Robert – The Arc de Triomphe and the Theatre of Orange

Interior of the Temple of Diana at Nimes - Hubert Robert (1783)

Interior of the Temple of Diana at Nimes – Hubert Robert (1783)

Entrance Of The Port Of Marseille by Claude-joseph Vernet

Entrance Of The Port Of Marseille by Claude-Joseph Vernet

Demolition of the Houses on the Pont Notre-Dame in 1786 – Hubert Robert

View of Avignon, from the right bank of the Rhône, near Villeneuve by Claude-Joseph Vernet, 1757

View of Avignon, from the right bank of the Rhône, near Villeneuve by Claude-Joseph Vernet, 1757

The Bridge and the Castel Sant'Angelo by Claude-Joseph Vernet

The Bridge and the Castel Sant'Angelo by Claude-Joseph Vernet

Le lion de Florence - The lion of Floren by Nicolas Andre Monsiau, 1801

Le lion de Florence – The lion of Floren by Nicolas Andre Monsiau, 1801

Beach at low tide (Plage à marée basse) by Eugène Isabey

Beach at low tide (Plage à marée basse) by Eugène Isabey

The burial of Titian during the plague in Venice 1576 by Alexandre Jean-Baptiste Hesse

The burial of Titian during the plague in Venice 1576 by Alexandre Jean-Baptiste Hesse

Meeting Between Cambyses II and Psammetichus III by Adrien Guignet

Meeting Between Cambyses II and Psammetichus III by Adrien Guignet

Looking out the window of the Louvre, from the 3rd floor

Looking out the window of the Louvre, from the 3rd floor

I couldn't find the name of this painting

I couldn't find the name of this painting

The Entrance to the Grand Canal, Venice by Canaletto, 1730

The Entrance to the Grand Canal, Venice by Canaletto, 1730

The Rialto bridge seen from the North by Bernardo bellotto (1730s)

The Rialto bridge seen from the North by Bernardo bellotto (1730s)

The Pandemonium by John Martin (1841)

The Pandemonium by John Martin (1841)

Plan of the Chartreuse of Paris by painter Eustache Le Sueur (1650's)

Plan of the Chartreuse of Paris by painter Eustache Le Sueur (1650's)

Plan of the Chartreuse of Paris by painter Eustache Le Sueur (1650's)

Plan of the Chartreuse of Paris by painter Eustache Le Sueur (1650's)

Views of Modern Rome by Giovanni Paolo Panini

Views of Modern Rome by Giovanni Paolo Panini

Views of Modern Rome by Giovanni Paolo Panini

Views of Modern Rome by Giovanni Paolo Panini

Age of the Grand Tour by painters Anthony Burgess and Francis Haskell

Age of the Grand Tour by painters Anthony Burgess and Francis Haskell

Napoleons Dining room when he became the Ruler of France

Napoleons Dining room when he became the Ruler of France

A painting by Wilhelm Steuerwaldt (1815-1871)

A painting by Wilhelm Steuerwaldt (1815-1871)

Seaport at Sunset by Claude Lorrain

Seaport at Sunset by Claude Lorrain

The Village Festival by Claude Lorrain (1639)

The Village Festival by Claude Lorrain (1639)

David crowned king by the prophet Samuel - Claude Lorrain (1625-1650)

David crowned king by the prophet Samuel – Claude Lorrain (1625-1650)

Leonidas posing with the Louvre

Leonidas posing with the Louvre

Rooftop View of Paris

For most of history, humans didn't have a birds-eye view of their surroundings, but that all changed within the last 150 years (with the invention of hot air balloons). Now you can simply stand on a tall building, and see humans, who looks like ants, run around the giant cement jungle that we built.

A view of Paris from the Grande Arche de la Defense, facing the Arc Du Triomphe

A view of Paris from the Grande Arche de la Defense, facing the Arc Du Triomphe

Paris atop the Grande Arche de la Defense

Paris atop the Grande Arche de la Defense

Paris atop the Grande Arche de la Defense

Paris atop the Grande Arche de la Defense

Montparnasse Cemetery (Cimetière du Montparnasse) from atop Montparnasse tower

Montparnasse Cemetery (Cimetière du Montparnasse) from atop Montparnasse tower

Paris atop Montparnasse Tower

Paris atop Montparnasse Tower

Paris atop Montparnasse Tower

Paris atop Montparnasse Tower

Musée de l'Armée from Atop Montparnasse

Musée de l'Armée from Atop Montparnasse

The train station that goes towards Versaille from Atop Montparnasse

The train station that goes towards Versaille from Atop Montparnasse

The train station that goes towards Versaille from atop Montparnasse

The train station that goes towards Versaille from atop Montparnasse

Church of Saint-Sulpice, Paris

Church of Saint-Sulpice, Paris

A birds-eye view of the Church of Saint-Sulpice, Paris

A birds-eye view of the Church of Saint-Sulpice, Paris

The Gardens of Luxembourg (Le Jardin du Luxembourg)

The Gardens of Luxembourg (Le Jardin du Luxembourg)

City view of Paris at Sunset

City view of Paris at Sunset

City view of Paris at Night

City view of Paris at Night

Eiffel Tower Photo Madness

Paris is most well known for its Eiffel Tower, completed in 1889, and to this day, the most popular tourist destination in the world!

The Grand Eiffel Tower!

The Grand Eiffel Tower!

Walking along the Seine river, towards the Eiffel Tower

Leonidas Posing with the Eiffel Tower

Leonidas Posing with the Eiffel Tower

Almost under the Eiffel Tower

Almost under the Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower from Atop Montparnasse

The Eiffel Tower from Atop Montparnasse

 

The Eiffel Tower at Dusk

The Eiffel Tower at Dusk

Parisians relax on the Champs De Mars gardens facing the Eiffel Tower

Parisians relax on the Champs De Mars gardens facing the Eiffel Tower

Eiffel tower trinkets for Sale

Eiffel tower trinkets for Sale

The Eiffel Tower at Night

The Eiffel Tower at Night

Versailles Palace

One thing I never managed to see 3 years ago was Versailles. This time around, I made it my mission to check it out, especially on my last day. It was definitely a full-day expedition to get there.

The train stops towards Versailles

The train stops towards Versailles

The final stop to Versailles Chantiers

The final stop to Versailles Chantiers

The palace-like buildings as you walk towards Versailles palace

The palace-like buildings as you walk towards Versailles palace

City Hall of Versailles (Mairie de Versailles)

City Hall of Versailles (Mairie de Versailles)

Walking towards the gates of Versailles, King Louis the 14th sits atop a bronze horse

Walking towards the gates of Versailles, King Louis the 14th sits atop a bronze horse

Angelic statues at Versailles

Angelic statues at Versailles

Typical Roman-Greco statues adorn Versailles Palace

Typical Roman-Greco statues adorn Versailles Palace

The line-up to enter Versailles is 1km long

The line-up to enter Versailles is 1km long

Security keep watch at Versailles

Security keep watch at Versailles

The golden gates to Versailles

The golden gates to Versailles

A restoration project takes place on the rooftops of Versailles

A restoration project takes place on the rooftops of Versailles

The front courtyard of Versailles

The front courtyard of Versailles

Versailles in the 18th century

Versailles in the 18th century

The front gates to Versailles, circa 17th to 18th century

The front gates to Versailles, circa 17th to 18th century

The rear gardens and courtyard of Versailles, 17-18th century

The rear gardens and courtyard of Versailles, 17-18th century

The beautiful interiors of Versailles

The beautiful interiors of Versailles

The beautiful interiors of Versailles

The beautiful interiors of Versailles

Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon I and Coronation of the Empress Josephine by Jacques Louis David (1805-07)

Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon I and Coronation of the Empress Josephine by Jacques Louis David (1805-07)

The Distribution of the Eagle Standards (1810) by Jacques-Louis David

The Distribution of the Eagle Standards (1810) by Jacques-Louis David

Napoleon conquers the Algerians? Not sure

Napoleon conquers the Algerians? Not sure

The french revolution

The french revolution

A tiny portion of the gardens of Versailles

A tiny portion of the gardens of Versailles

A statue of the Greek God Neptune

A statue of the Greek God Neptune

The enormous gardens of Versailles

The enormous gardens of Versailles

The residence of Royal families in Versailles

The residence of Royal families in Versailles

The residence of Royal families in Versailles

The residence of Royal families in Versailles

The Grande Canal of Versailles

The Grande Canal of Versailles

The Grande Canal of Versailles

The Grande Canal of Versailles

The Grande Canal of Versailles

The Grande Canal of Versailles

The Grande Canal of Versailles

The Grande Canal of Versailles

Versailles in the background

Versailles in the background

A mother rows the boat for her husband and child in the Grand Canals of Versailles

A mother rows the boat for her husband and child in the Grand Canals of Versailles

Conclusion for Paris, France

Did I enjoy Paris?

Most definitely! For 4 days of constant novelty, as well as the ability to go at my own pace (very fast, while absorbing lots of history), I definitely enjoyed it.

If I decide to return sometime in the future, I will most definitely check out the tomb of Napoleon.

One thing I most definitely recommend is to visit the Montparnasse tower, you will get a MUCH better view of Paris, without the enormous wait times of the Eiffel tower.

 

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