May holidays give you great opportunities to (re)discover Paris and its treasures through numerous urban wanderings to do under the sun.
From the historical and cultural walks side, the domaine national du Palais Royal (near our Astotel hotel Malte Opera – 1st arrondissement) or the Place des Vosges (South of the Hotel Le 123 Sébastopol – 4th arrondissement) are ideal places to go back in the past and learn more about Paris or France’s history. Art lovers could visit the numerous galleries available in the surrounding of these two places, or could admire the famous columns of the masterpiece “Les deux plateaux” by Daniel Buren, a contemporary work definitely anchored to the past and located right at the entrance of the Palais Royal.
Other historical place which will please a bit more to your kids, discover nearby our hotel the Le 123 Sebastopol the Nicolas Flamel’s house, famous alchemist of the 17th century (51, rue Montmorency – Le Marais, 3ème arrondissement – Metropolitan Etienne Marcel) even known by Harry Potter.
Going even further you could even surprise them by heading to the Harry Potter exhibition held until September 6, 2015 at the Cité du Cinéma (20, rue Ampère – 93413 Saint Denis – Metropolitan stop Carrefour Pleyel or RER D stop Stade de France – Saint-Denis).
Little tip: If the weather gets covered you can always visit one of the Parisian museums or indoor passages available in all the city. You will also step back in time there and discover another part of the Paris of yesteryear (eg.: musée du Louvre, Centre Pompidou, indoor passages such as the Choiseul, Jouffroy, Verdeau, Panoramas ones or the Galerie Vivienne on the right bank, easily accessible from our hotels).
The flowering trees of the month of May add even more beauty to the quaint charm of the Parisian streets. Take advantage of it to discover the different “villages” of Paris and enjoy the French countryside atmosphere right in the heart of the capital.
Discover the numerous passageways and pedestrian streets of the city:
- The passage de l’ancre, doing the link between rue de Turbigo and rue Saint Martin (3rd arrondissement – Metropolitan stop Réaumur – Sébastopol) and located nearby our hotel Le 123 Sébastopol,
- The beautiful flowery cobblestone streets such as rue des Thermopyles in the south of Paris (14th arrondissement – Metropolitan stop Pernety) or the impasse de la Cité Durmar (11th arrondissement – Metropolitan stop Ménilmontant),
- The colourful rue Crémieux (12ème arrondissement –Metropolitan stop Quai de la Rapée),
- The passage Molière and its old façades registered to the monuments historiques (3rd arrondissement – Metropolitan stop Beaubourg, linking the rue Quincampoix to the rue Saint-Martin)
- Or the numerous passageways gathering crafts and artists’ workshops located between place de la Bastille (Metropolitan stop Bastille – 11th arrondissement) and the Metropolitan stop Ledru-Rollin.
Remaining on the “countryside” of Paris, don’t miss out the markets. Here are two of our favourites:
- The marché des enfants rouges (39, rue de Bretagne – 3rd arrondissement – Metropolitan stop Filles du Calvaire, in Le Marais), the oldest indoor market of the city built around 1600 but selling now mainly exotic food. We come here then to eat on the go and escape the daily life routine.
- The birds (on sunday) and flowers (all week long) market on the île de la cité (Place Louis Lépine – 4th arrondissement – Metropolitan stop Cité).
Paris can also be discovered through a rollerblading session. The “Friday night-fever” by Pari-roller will allow you to meet Paris’ inhabitants but also to discover Paris in an unusual way with all the streets blocked for the event.
Sportive ride are also possible thanks to the Velib’s bicycles available all around the city. A very good way to discover Paris at your own speed!
Finally, confirmed walkers could find great hiking trails in the guidebook Topoguides “Paris…à pied”. The Comité départemental de la randonnée de Paris (the hiking committee of Paris) remains at your disposal to answer your questions.
However, should you prefer to relax a bit and enjoy more the French food while sunbathing, we invite you to read our articles dealing with the best terraces in Paris (see articles linked below). Otherwise feel free to download the smartphone application “Sunny chairs” (sadly in French only) that will help you to find all the best spots to sublimate your suntan while sipping a drink on a terrace.
To spend quality time with your kids and family you can also move a bit further and enjoy a day at the Foire du Trône (funfair until the 25th of May) or escape in faraway lands at the Zoo de Vincennes (both located in the 12th arrondissement – Metropolitan stop Porte de Charenton).
Photo: Rue Crémieux by ©Nthaseph 2015.