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Paris is not a very big city but still …we all have our favorite places. The Marais is mine! What better place for a frog than a marsh ? That’s what Marais means in French, because that’s what it was a long time ago…

For Josephine, it’s the Paris Opera, and the Palais Garnier, presumably for its « rats », the name given to tiny ballerinas of this great institution, but also because bees live on the roof of this monument! And the Opera house even has beehives ! Their honey is for sale in their boutique if you go visit the place … Josephine’s has cousins that live on the roof of the Grand Palais too…

Paris is a bit like a big snail. The districts of the capital are numbered from the center, the first district turning clockwise outwardly, up until the twentieth district. This whole area is surrounded by a ring road called the peripherique and beyond are the suburbs. We’ll explain that a bit further on…

Paris was born from its heart, the Ile de la Cite and Ile Saint-Louis, and grew out from there, over the centuries, first by the Left Bank. Thus, Lutetia , the name borne by the capital at the end of antiquity, became what is now a very small part of the 1st, 4th, 5th and 6th districts. This is where you will find, naturally, the oldest remains of the capital, from the Lutetia arena to Notre Dame and on through the Place des Vosges …

Ah yes … the Left Bank, the whole part of which is located south of the river Seine. Thus, the river flows from east and west and the Left Bank is the part that is on your left as you follow the river current. The Right Bank is facing north and counts 37 bridges crossing Paris to bring these two sides together. The oldest bridge now, paradoxically bears the name of Pont Neuf. It is the bridge that lies at the western tip of Ile de la Cite where the Notre Dame cathedral lies.

The old Paris was gradually extended as shown on this map.

The outer districts from the 10th to the 20th are more residential and have therefore lesser monuments, with the exception of the Montmartre hill and the Sacred Heart chapel in the north (18th), La Cite des Sciences and the Children’s science museum in the Northeast ( 19th), the Pere-Lachaise cemetary also in the north-east (20th), the Catacombs in the south (14th) and the Parc Monceau in north-west (17th).

Paris also has her two “lungs”, the Bois de Vincennes to the east, and zoo (currently closed for renovation), the botanical garden and its royal castle (still relatively unknown), the Bois de Boulogne to the west (closer to us) with its Zoological Gardens, the Jardin de Bagatelle and lakes.

Beyond these spaces is what we call the banlieu , or suburbs, very chic in the west and south, more popular and working class in the north and west, but which contain real treasures. To the north, is the huge flea market, the marché aux puces ,and also the Stade de France which hosts the major football matches and most major concerts, Le Bourget private airport and the Museum of Air and Space and beyond, the French amusement park, Parc Asterix. To the east is Disneyland Paris, the south-east, the Château de Fontainebleau, the west, Versailles, and France Miniature, and finally, to the northwest, La Defence, our own small Manhattan…

The stage is set ! … Let’s get back to what we were talking about at the heart of Paris. The Kids in the City pages are full of ideas, great shopping places for clothes, toys, candy and chocolates, suggestions of restaurants where you never get bored, fascinating museums, and visits of places that will pique your interest !

 
 

concierge.paris@fourseasons.com
Four Seasons Hotel George V
31 avenue George V
75008 Paris, France
Ph.+33 1 49 52 71 07
Fax +33 1 49 52 70 05

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