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A Walking Tour of Paris

Without a particular destination in mind, just walk the city! It's so beautiful, and easily walkable. There is always something to see, a cafe to discover, artist along the Seine to watch. One of my walks began outside the Cite Metro station on line 4. You are on the Ile de la Cite, where Notre Dame Cathedral is. Walk all the way around it and marvel at the architecture; perhaps take the stairs to the top and see the gargoyles! Morning light is great around the cathedral for spectacular pictures. Make sure you go on the bridges and look back at Notre Dame - there are wonderful views from many angles. Stroll down to Place Dauphine with its old world charm and the Palais du Justice, and cross the Seine so you don't miss the statue of Victory on the Chatelet Fountain, the Tour St. Jacques, and the Hotel de Ville. Follow the Seine toward the Louvre, taking in the views from the Pont des Artes bridge of the Pont Neuf and Ile de la Cite. There are many beautiful old buildings in this area. The Louvre and its pyramid and the Tuileries Gardens shouldn't be missed! When you get to the Place de la Concorde, there is a great little crepe stand where you can have a bite to eat, and see the Champs Elysees and the Eiffel Tower in the distance. The Pont Alexandre III bridge has beautiful carvings, and the Dome des Invalides is where Napoleon is buried. If you still have time to soak in your surrounds, continue on to the Eiffel Tower for its hourly night light show. Just a few of the sights Paris has to offer, but this walk can easily take all day!

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