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Destination Paris

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Sketches of Paris

Jean-Paul Martin
Sketches of Paris
Sketches of Paris

D estination Paris is not another Paris guidebook, just a Parisian's impressions of the city where he lives. It will give you an idea of the places I enjoy going to, of the monuments I love or dislike. It is very personal and, consequently, partial and incomplete. #▲

Montmartre

Jean-Paul Martin
Montmartre
Montmartre

You cannot miss Montmartre since the basilica in the North of Paris can be seen from (nearly) all parts of the city. You can like it or find it totally kitsch but from the steps, you will be able to see the whole of Paris and try to spot its main monuments (and you will turn you back to this monstrosity!). So, have a look and then walk around in the small streets of Montmartre which once was a very popular (that is where the people worked and lived) district of Paris .

Rosa Parks in the North of Paris

Jean-Paul Martin
Rosa Parks in the North of Paris
Rosa Parks in the North of Paris

This is not an area where you will find many tourists! But I love the North of Paris with its old buildings and the tracks leading to the Gare du Nord (North Station). And it is not so surprising to find this homage to Rosa Parks in this popular area where her name has recently been given to a train station. And do not forget that Paris has always been a city where people have been able to say no!

Montparnasse Cemetery

Jean-Paul Martin
Montparnasse Cemetery
Montparnasse Cemetery

Visi tors seem to love our Parisian cemeteries! I really do not understand why since I always found churchyards in Anglo-Saxon countries less austere and more respectful of the environment! Perhaps people like the exuberance of some monuments and sculptures. Montparnasse Cemetery cannot take pride in so many distinguished residents as Père Lachaise but it has a lot of trees which make it pleasant to cross when going to the South of Paris. And quite surprising tombs as well.

The Luxembourg Garden

Jean-Paul Martin
The Luxembourg Garden
The Luxembourg Garden

I am lucky to live very near the Luxembourg Garden around the French Senate. It is a favorite place for adults and children alike. There, you will meet joggers, kids playing with their toy sailboats, al sort of people practicing tennis and mature men playing boules. You can have a go at all this or simply relax and read, far from the noisy Boulevard Saint-Michel. But finding a chair is not so easy in summer.

The Eiffel Tower

Jean-Paul Martin
The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower

Parisians, who are a bit snobbish in a way, do not visit the Eiffel Tower much. They seem to be taken aback by the number of tourists and souvenir sellers. Well, I do go there sometimes. I love the setting and the view you can enjoy on the Trocadero. The monuments itself is quite amazing and has been a symbol of Paris since 1889. Well, for those who love figures, it is 324 meters high and has 1,665 steps to the top. It is the second monument for the number of visitors (7 millions) behind Notre-Dame (where admission is free of charge). You will find thousands of pictures of the Eiffel Tower, including...