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Concentrated Paris (1st)

  Paris is the capital of France, on the Seine, in the Parisian basin. This city by itself forms a department (no. 75), which covers 105 km² and constitutes part of the Ile de France region.

It is organized like an amphitheatre of hillocks (Chaillot, Montmartre, Chaumont, Belleville, Ménilmontant, Cailles, Ste Geneviève) around a plain formed by the Seine which meanders and which a group of islands, the biggest being the Île de la Cité, separates into several branches.

Paris occupies the heart of an area where navigable rivers converge: the Seine, the Marne and the Oise.

The city brings together all the control levers of the country. It is the political and administrative centre of a centralized State.

But, even more than all that, Paris is a group of small towns, the arrondissements.

Concentrated Paris (1st)
Welcome to picturesque Paris (2nd)
The Calm of the Temple and the life of the Marais (3rd)
The chic of life on the islands (4th Arrondissement)
The neighbourhood for everyone (5th)
Pure animation! (6th)
Institutional Paris (7th)
The neighbourhood of VIPs (8th)
Shopping in an atmosphere of cabaret (9th)
The neighbourhood of the stations (10th)
The Rock'n'Roll Neighbourhood (11th)
When the modern style sets in, Nature resists (12th)
The heterogeneous neighbourhood (13th)
From Montsouris to Montparnasse (14th)
A spot of green in a densely populated Paris (15th)
Culture and history everywhere (16th)
Popular and chic! (17th)
Bohemian Montmartre according to Aznavour (18th)
The scientific and human neighbourhood (19th)
Accommodation for all (20th)

Nature/Leisurely walks: +++ Culture : +++ Shopping : +++

Are you a day person ? The first arrondissement is for you then! From dawn to dusk it is a turmoil of life and movement.

Animal sellers, booksellers, the Commodity Market, and the Bank of France, all rub shoulders along the banks of the Seine in a warm atmosphere.

This is a heterogeneous neighbourhood, where all activities are represented. The 1st Arrondissement is a neighbourhood steeped in the Economy but which also conceals some cultural treasures. If you want to enjoy these treasures, the Louvre Museum, the Palais Royal and the Jardin des Tuileries will overwhelm you.

And if you prefer shopping, the Halles forum and the Place Vendôme will delight you.

Finally, you can discover, in the magnificent roads of the Île de la Cité, its small typical restaurants which leave you with a wonderful recollection.

Routes for everyone :

for lovers of leisurely walks :

There are three stages to the visit here, from the Concorde to the Place du Châtelet. A walk around the Jardin des Tuileries will let you start the day gently, exploring the Orangery in a verdant, pleasant setting, before wandering along the paths of the Garden. On leaving, you go back to the Quai des Tuileries along Rue des Pyramides, at the level of the Pont Royal, in order to begin your walk along the embankment.

The Quai du Louvre, sprinkled with booksellers and street artists, allows you to admire the Seine and the profile of the Île de la Cité. Continuing your walk along the river, you will be surprised to hear the noise of animals. You will have reached the Quai de la Mégisserie which brings together the biggest number of animal sellers of Paris.

for lovers of culture :

For a day rich in culture, the heart of the 1st Arrondissement will surely satisfy you. On getting off at the Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre metro station, you can begin the day by discovering the Palais Royal, which houses the Council of State and the Institutional Council, "protected" by Buren's columns. The Palais Royal will enchant you with its architecture, and in this neighbourhood you can also visit the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the Musée de la Publicité, and the Musée de la Mode et des Textiles. Once you have finished this visit, you just need to cross the Place du Palais Royal to get to one of the world's most famous museums: the Louvre, with access to its different parts from the Pyramid.

for lovers of shopping :

There are two sides to the 1st Arrondissement. Firstly, luxury shopping with the Place Vendôme, where famous jewellers sell jewellery which won't leave you indifferent, and other luxury shops along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. On the other hand, the Forum des Halles, located in the Châtelet theatre neighbourhood, where the numerous shops are within everyone's means.

To remember : Les Tuileries / Le Louvre / La place Vendôme / Châtelet / Les Halles


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