I never feel that I've truly arrived in Paris until I've set out on a long walk. Along the Seine, through the Jardin du Luxembourg or across the Isle St. Louis and into the Marais, a serious trek seems to be the best way to say hello, exchange pleasantries and get reacquainted with the city. So on that first morning, pull on the boots and out the door we go, crossing the Seine at the Pont du Carrousel and on to the Tuileries.
If one needs to make a formal introduction or re-ignite an affair with Paris, the Le Nôtre designed gardens seem to be the perfect place. With the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the Place de la Concord all on ready view, it's as if the city has accessorized with her most valued baubles.
Is that the statues you can hear whispering to each other or the chairs? Perhaps the ghost of Marie Antoinette?
Arriving at the Place de la Concorde, fingers numb from clicking away with my camera. But pas de problème.
Need a rest? The lovely Hotel Bristol is just a bit farther. After a hot cup of tea, I'm recharged and warm, ready for more.
Do you have a favorite Paris walk?