Streetwise Maps STREETWISE Map Paris
Description Streetwise Maps STREETWISE Map Paris
There are more clichés about Paris than there are tourists at the Louvre, but the fact is that underneath each overused hackneyed cliché is a glistening kernel of truth. The City of Light, the City of Love and the City of Romance, familiar platitudes, but once you experience it for yourself you understand why. There is a je ne sais quoi allure to this city that beguiles, but never completely reveals what makes it so universally appealing. Artists, poets, writers, and composers have tried to define exactly what it is about this place, and yet they succeed only to a point. Perhaps it is as elusive as defining love, for to be in Paris entails experiencing love, about someone, something, some place. In the words of Cole Porter...
I love Paris in the springtime
When the trees along the allées in the Tuileries turn green with new leaves and the Carrousel Gardens are a carpet of color from the fresh plantings, a unique design every spring. Children rent wooden sailboats to race, Parisians stretch in the warmth grateful for the breath of calm in the city, kiosks serve short café noir under the plane trees and the multitude of sculptures seem to gleam in the spring sunshine.
I love Paris in the fall
As the trees turn yellow setting off the deep bronze of the Eiffel Tower. Viewing the tower from the Trocadero is so utterly familiar, a postcard that we’ve seen a thousand times, and yet actually standing there gazing up at this graceful spire rising up across the Seine makes you gasp at how truly beautiful it really is. Even more spectacular is when the tower is illuminated at night, along with hundreds of other monuments, glowing against the deep blue evening sky.
I love Paris in the winter
Even when it drizzles and the sky remains dark grey. The bit of sun that does appear is particularly welcome in Notre Dame where the Rose window filters it into a multitude of colors. Glance up at the gargoyles looking miserable, condemned to perch in the wet, while you can escape to Angelina’s and the comfort of the most luxurious hot chocolate ever invented.
I love Paris in the summer
When it’s warm and slow and empty, most residents having fled for points south and west. The city takes on an abandoned air leaving you to loll along streets that are normally bustling with chic pedestrians. The Ferris wheel adjacent to Place de la Concorde gives you a bird’s eye view across the city, from Sacre Coeur to the Tour Montparnasse. Ride it once for the view, twice for the breeze and a third time for the thrill of being on top of one of the greatest cities on earth. It’s a truly unforgettable experience.
There is so much to do - you know the big ones, the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, Sacre Coeur, St. Germain des Pres, the Left Bank, the Right Bank, the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs Elysées, the Opéra- but don’t miss the fun of discovering the small ones, the ones off the beaten path. Nothing like taking your time strolling thru the turn of the century mansion that houses Musée Marmottan then enjoying a café and patisserie in the museums jewel box café.
Wandering aimlessly is romantic. Getting lost isn’t romantic. In fact there are few things that can drain the romance out of a situation faster than realizing that you’re hopelessly lost. So take your travel map and put it away if you want to wander, but have no fear that your wandering will turn into a lost odyssey. You can always pull out the STREETWISE® Paris Map and get yourself pointed back in the right direction.
Paris is not without faults. Sometimes people can be rude, but that’s the case anywhere in the world - be it a large city or small village. You get what you give. And in the case of Paris, as with any true love, you accept the flaws with the charms, the weaknesses with the strengths. In the end the true beauty of Paris will surpass any blemish. Life from a Parisian perspective is beautiful. But that’s another cliché, isn’t it? To view our Paris map in more detail click here.
Don't visit this amazing city without a pocket size STREETWISE® Map of Paris France. Below you will find other STREETWISE® maps to compliment your Paris city map.
STREETWISE® Paris Map 2011
Main Paris Street Map 1:14,000
Paris Metro Map N/A
Map of France N/A
8.5 inches by 4 inches
8.5 inches by 38 inches
Paris Map ISBN
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