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Paris Overview

Paris Overview is a designed to provide you with a generalized view of the city of light. This page will help you to orient yourself in Paris as you plan your special vacation. After reading this page, return to the Paris-City of Light for more details.

Paris consists of approximately 1052 square miles. Of the estimated 12 million population of the metropolitan area, only about 2,200,000 live within the walls (i.e. the ring road known as the périphérique). The city is divide by the Seine river with the area to the north of the Seine being designated as the right bank and the area to the south of the Seine being designated as the left bank. Historically, the left bank has been the cultural and intellectual part of Paris with the universities and the right bank has been business, large department stores and politics.

The last two digits of the zipcode of a Parisian address will tell you the arrondissement or neighborhood in which the business is located. Addresses increase from east to west for the streets that run parallel to the Seine and for streets that run perpendicular to the Seine the addresses increase in size as you move away from the river.

Paris is sometimes called l’escargot or the snail and that is because of the pattern of the numbering of the arrondissements. Look at the map below and with your finger trace around the arrondissements in order and you will see the snail pattern.

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This list of attractions in each of the arrondissements can be used to help you plan your visit.

1eme
Palais Royal
Louvre
Arc de Triomphe

2eme
Passage Vivenne &
Galerie Colbert

3eme
Musée Picasso
Centre Georges Pompidou

4eme
Place des  Vosges (Marais)
Hôtel de Ville
Notre Dame

 

5eme
Latin Quarter
Panthéon
Jardin des Plantes (botanical gardens and zoo)

6eme
Luxembourg Gardens
St Germain de Près

7eme
Eiffel Tower
Ecole Militaire
Musée d’Orsay
Les Invalides

8eme
Champs Elysees

9eme
Boulevard Haussman: Galeries Lafayette and Printemps
L’Opera Garnier

 

 

 


10eme

Porte St Denis & Port Saint Martin
Gare du Nord train station11eme
Boulevard Richard Lenoire – market

12eme
Parc de Bercy
Promenade Plantée
Bois de Vincennes
Château de Vincennes

13eme
Manufacture des Gobelins (museum)

14eme
Tour Montparnasse
Montparnasse Cemetery
Catacombs

15eme
Aquaboulevard de Paris (Europe’s largest waterpark)

16eme
Bois de Boulogne
Château de Bagatelle

17eme
Parc Monceau

18eme
Basilique de Sacre Cœur
Moulin Rouge

19eme
Parc des Buttes Chaumont
Parc de la Villette

20eme
Parc de Belleville
Père Lachaise Cemetery

 

 


If your time is short, you may want to consider a guided tour. My ezine article Six Guided Tour Options provides a list of tours asa n alternative way to see the city. Tours are a nice option for single travelers, also.