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EXPLORING THE LATIN QUARTER, THE OLDEST ARRONDISSEMENT IN PARIS – PART 2

The magnificent Pantheon is a Latin Quarter landmark.

As we’ve seen from our Part One exploration of the Latin Quarter, there’s enough to keep anyone occupied for many days, as well as taking time to simply sit and enjoy people-watching, and the atmosphere of the area in a local café.  This Quartier also offers a wide selection of accommodation, as well as excellent public transport to take you anywhere across Paris, and beyond.  We left our scrutiny of this fascinating neighbourhood at the Curie Museum, from where we can continue on our way.

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EXPLORING THE LATIN QUARTER, THE OLDEST ARRONDISSEMENT IN PARIS – PART 1

Looking across to the Latin Quarter from the top of Notre Dame.

A city as ancient and as large as Paris has an almost overwhelming number of sights to take in.  Fortunately, one advantage that Paris has, is that so many of its attractions are within the Périphérique, or ring-road, that defines the arrondissements, or districts, from the areas outside that.  As well, Paris has a wonderful, and very accessible, public transport system that makes exploring the city practical and efficient.  If you had to nominate one arrondissement that has a concentration, and indeed a richness, of treasures, it would surely be the 5th arrondissement, a large part of which is the Latin Quarter.  It has long been one of our favourite areas of Paris, and we are still exploring its many attractions as they evolve along with the city itself.

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PARIS NAVIGO PASSES – THE BEST WAY TO EXPLORE THE CITY, AND BEYOND. HOW TO GET AROUND PARIS LIKE A LOCAL

Pais is a huge city, and fortunately has an excellent public transport system to allow you to explore it.

About 5 or 6 years ago, I wrote a blog story about the Paris Navigo Pass and its uses.  It is indeed the only way to get around Paris these days.  Since then, its use has expanded to include the relatively new tram system that circles the city.  I know from conversations I have with friends and colleagues that there are still many visitors who don’t know about this transport card, or only restrict themselves to using it on the metro trains.  Somehow, they don’t tend to use the bus system, or extend their travels to explore the outer edges of Paris.  In response to a number of enquiries to demystify the Navigo network, I’ll explain how it all works.

 

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ART NOUVEAU RESTAURANTS OF THE BELLE EPOQUE IN PARIS

Restaurant La Tour d’Argent in the Latin Quarter, overlooking the River Seine.

One of the great attractions with Paris is that it is, as everyone knows, a great food destination.  Whether it’s the many outdoor produce markets (some sources say 69, others say over 80!), or the wide variety of bistros, brasseries, restaurants and famous landmarks such as La Tour d’Argent that boast impressive Michelin stars, the city has more dining options than can ever be explored in a lifetime.  As well as great food, a number of Parisian restaurants are historic gems with fabulous interiors that are an attraction in themselves.

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THE ELEGANCE AND LUXURY OF AVENUE MONTAIGNE, PARIS

Christian Dior, 30 Avenue Montaigne.

For anyone with an interest in high fashion, it’s generally acknowledged that Paris is a world leader, if not the leader, in haute couture.  For decades, the top street for Parisian couture houses was the Faubourg St Honore.  It was his desire to assert his own vision and originality that Christian Dior opened his couture house in 1947 on Avenue Montaigne, rather than the Faubourg St Honore.  Since then, this short road has gradually seen many of the top fashion houses establish themselves here, and nothing says “fashionista” more than an address on Avenue Montaigne.

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