Saturday, August 9, 2014

Prepare marathons by visiting Paris

Nicole and Dan with Paris Running Tour - Palais Royal - Photo Frédéric Poirier
8:04 AM - Nicole and Dan live in New York. They are two regular runners. Nicole participates regularly in competitions.
On holidays in Paris, Nicole prepares her next races: the Chicago marathon and, three weeks later, the New York marathon. 
Running so close marathons? Yes, with a non-exhausting good training, it is possible.

So what is better than a Paris Running Tour to combine regular training and discovery-visit of Paris?

Nicole and Dan - Avenue of New York in Paris

Little break avenue de New York. New York, one of Nicole's objectives. 
Is there also an avenue of Paris in New York? No, but there is an avenue of Paris in Chicago, Paris Avenue.

Let us run in the paths of the garden of the Trocadéro:

Dan and Nicole - Gardens of the Trocadéro - In the background, the "Palais de Chaillot"

then along the river Seine:

Dan and Nicole - Left Bank, "quai Branly" (Branly pier)

The perspectives are often very beautiful in Paris, it deserves some stops:

Dan and Nicole - "Champs Elysées" (Paris Marathon start!)

Nicole and Dan - The "Palais Royal"

Nicole and Dan - The garden of the "Palais Royal"


Merci Dan and Nicole !


Since then, Nicole realized a time of 3:31 in Chicago then, only three weeks later, 3:40 in New York. Fantastic!


Bravo Nicole! 


The route of the tour:

Monday, August 4, 2014

Zigzags from Nation to Trocadero, 11 miles by running in Paris with Anne

Anne - "Place des Vosges"
9:09 AM - Anne from Washington D.C. (USA) is a regular runner (look at her blog). In this first Monday of August, we had decided to cross Paris by running from east to west. We left a place near the square of "Nation" with the objective to reach "Palais de Chaillot" to take advantage of the beautiful view on the Eiffel Tower offered by the "Esplanade of the Trocadéro".
To go there by the shortest route? No, no, we chose to make a lot of zigzags to be able to appreciate Paris in all its magnificence. In the end, nearly 11 miles of an attractive tourist and sports route.

First photo stop: the "Place des Vosges". Very quiet this morning (photo above).
Read here the funny short story of the statue of Louis XIII situated in the center of the garden. 
Did you know that this Royal place was renamed "Place des Vosges" because this department in the east of France was the first one to pay the tax during the Revolution?

From "Place des Vosges", to join the street Saint Antoine, we took the magnificent shortcut offered by the Hotel of Sully:

Anne - "Hôtel de Sully"

Still in the "Marais" (right bank), we are going to penetrate the Philippe Auguste's Paris (by postern Saint-Paul). Indeed, king Philippe Auguste, at the end of the 12th century, before leaving for his third crusade, made build an important protective wall around Paris. Numerous parts of this surrounding wall are still visible nowadays. Below, the longest preserved portion of the wall.
Discover here another massive part of the wall, left bank this time, as well as plans representing Paris of this time.

Anne - Well of Phillippe Auguste - 12th century (Behind the wall, "Lycée" Charlemagne - High school)

Let us cross the Seine to visit the Island of "La Cité". Look (photo below) at the installations of "Paris-Plages" (Paris-beaches), right bank. Do you see the small red Eiffel Tower? We had spoken about it here and here.

Anne - "Paris-Plages"

Back right bank, surprise! A metro entrance (Palais-Royal station):

Anne - "Métro Palais-Royal" ("Le kiosque des Noctambules" - Jean-Michel Othoniel)

Compare this modern art subway entrance installed in 2000 with those created one hundred years earlier, representative of the "Art nouveau" movement: see here some examples of these metro entrances created in 1900. As a matter of fact, the other entrance of the same station, Palais-Royal, just in front of the Louvre, is typically "Art nouveau".

Zigzag, small detour on left bank, "Quai Anatole France". Just in the opposite, the garden of the Tuileries which we are quickly going to join...

Anne - "Quai Anatole France"

...crossing the footbridge Léopold-Sédar-Senghor, which gives us a beautiful view on, from left to right, the Louvre, Notre-Dame and the Orsay museum:

Anne - Footbridge Léopold-Sédar-Senghor

In the garden of the Tuileries, here is a new example of modern art that we meet, a tree in bronze!

Anne - "L'arbre des voyelles" (bronze molding installed in 1999 - Giusseppe Pepone)

After other numerous discoveries, we finish our running as expected, Esplanade of the Trocadéro:

Anne - "Esplanade du Trocadéro"

Objective reached!

Merci Anne !

The route of the tour :


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Paris went to run with Stockholm! .............................. With Hanna of Stockholm Running Tours

Hanna of Stockholm Running Tours and Paris Running Tour
In front of the Kungliga Slottet (the Royal Palace)
8:45 AM - Hanna is one of the two founders of Stockholm Running Tours and proposes making discover the magnificent city of Stockholm by running.

Do you remember when London came to run with Paris ?

This time, it is Paris which decided to run with Stockholm!
A Running Tour, it is really the best way to begin a stay in a city. Thank you Hanna!

Hanna of Stockholm Running Tours and Paris Running Tour -
In the background, the 
Stadshuset of Stockholm (City Hall of Stockholm)

Stockholm is a very beautiful city. Our guide Hanna showed us magnificent buildings, monuments and points of view...

Paris Running Tour in Stockholm - In the background the Kungliga Slottet (The Royal Palace)


In front of the Riksdagshuset (The Parliament House, seat of the parliament of Sweden)

...but also revealed us some of its secret corners:

The Järnpojke (the little boy who looks at the moon), the smallest monument of Stockholm.
The inhabitants often take care of him: small scarf in winter, etc.


The smallest street in Stockholm

If you are in Stockholm, do not hesitate, do a sport visit of Stockholm with 
Stockholm Running Tours !

You will visit a city, click on Go! Running Tours, there is certainly a Running Tour for you.

And of course, if you are in Paris, it is with pleasure that Paris Running Tour will share with you a beautiful stroll by running : )

In front of the Kungliga Dramatiska Teatern (Royal Dramatic Theatre)


Merci Hanna !

The route of the tour:


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Two early morning runs to discover Paris, with Agnes

Agnes - Pont au Change - La Conciergerie
Thursday 3 July 5:55 AM, Saturday 5 July 7:33 AM - Agnes lives in Los Angeles. Among the numerous visits which she foresaw to know Paris, Agnes included two Paris Running Tours, two morning visits to fully enjoy the capital.
Indeed, it is a good means to understand the city landscape, discover numerous sites, to know its history and its architecture but also to apprehend its places, streets and squares in a sport way.

First morning:
A few minutes after the sunrise, a start not far from the Opera. Let us go to see the Eiffel Tower.
Place of Concorde, we begin to see the tower far off:

Agnes - Place de la Concorde - Behind the Obelisk, far off, the Eiffel Tower (notice the preparations for the National Day, on July 14th, with the stands which are going to welcome the government for the parade)

Let us get closer. Place of the Alma, the Eiffel Tower is more and more visible:

Agnes - Place de l'Alma with the Flame of Liberty, an exact replica of the Statue of Liberty's flame and underneath, the famous tunnel of Alma
In the background, the Eiffel tower

Now, let us go to the Esplanade of the Trocadéro, one of the best locations to see the Eiffel Tower:

Agnes - "Esplanade du Trocadéro" - The Eiffel tower, very close!

Look at the landscape visible since the Esplanade, with in the background, on the left, Notre Dame, the Pantheon and the dome of the Invalides:


Let us go towards Notre Dame. After a few kilometers of running, we can see the Cathedral, closer this time, since the bridge of the Carrousel:

Agnes - Bridge if the Carrousel - Far off, on the Island of "La Cité", the Saint-chapel and Notre Dame

Second morning:
Small rain this morning.
Today, we are going to admire Notre Dame and the Pantheon. Let us cross the Bridge of the Arts (with a small "Hello" to the Eiffel Tower, far off):

Agnes - "Pont des Arts" - Far off, the Eiffel tower

We join the Pantheon and greet the great man recently arrived:

Agnes - The Panthéon

The Pantheon in restoration, as we can see it with these scaffolds on the photo, welcomes the exhibition of the artist JR.

We follow our route to finally find the Cathedral "Notre Dame de Paris":

Agnes - Notre Dame - Notice on the ground, the marks which testify of the presence of a street (which existed until the middle of 19th century. Under the feet of Agnes, the mark of a church, Sainte Genevieve des Ardens)

Before finishing our run, we cross another church, the Church Saint Eustache (built from 1532 till 1633):


Agnes - Church Saint Eustache

Funny detail, before the construction of the current church, stood a chapel (built at the beginning of the XIIIth century). This chapel was dedicated to Saint Agnès!



Merci Agnes !

The routes of the tours:

Thursday, July 3, 2014

With Laura, meeting Geneviève, Patroness of Paris and model of resistance

Laura - Notre-Dame
3:53 PM - Laura lives in Oklahoma where she is an active member of a group of runners, Runhers, who promotes a healthy and sports life, notably thanks to the running.

Program of this afternoon: a discovery of the Paris Left bank.

The University of "La Sorbonne":


Laura - University of "la Sorbonne" - "Rue Saint-Jacques"
Discover a sight of Sorbonne and its history in this other article

The "rue du Cardinal Lemoine", where we met the house of the Irish writer James Joyce:


Laura - "71 rue du Cardinal Lemoine"
James Joyce wrote his novel "Ulysses" here.
Not far, one of Ernest Hemingway's houses (remember this article)

The beautiful "Place de la Contrescarpe":


Laura - "Place de la Contrescarpe"

The "Jardin des Plantes"from where we can see the huge skeleton of a dinosaur, behind the windows of the Gallery of Paleontology:


Laura - Gallery of Paleontology and Compared Anatomy of the National Natural History Museum

During our run, in the garden of Luxembourg, we crossed Geneviève, the Patroness of Paris:



Laura - "Sainte Geneviève" (see also this article)

Geneviève, daughter of a Frankish father and a Gallo-Roman mother, would have been a municipal member of the council of Paris.
According to the tradition, Geneviève, in the year 451, would have prevented Attila and his Huns from invading Paris by encouraging its inhabitants to the resistance.

Geneviève, model of courage and endurance for Laura who is successively going to run the Chicago marathon then the one of New York this fall.

Go Laura!

The route of the tour:

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Meeting the American writers in Paris with Mary, Susan and Sonia

Mary, Susan, Sonia - "Esplanade des Invalides"
Thursday 26 June - 7:00 AM, Saturday 28 June - 7:33 AM - Mary, Susan and Sonia from Denver (USA) chose to discover Paris while running with Paris Running Tour.
We ran two mornings mainly on the left bank of the Seine.
Left bankBank of Paris particularly appreciated by intellectuals and artists, especially in the 1920s, 30 and 50 ...
Many American writers have lived and wrote there (remember the Woody Allen film "Midnigth in Pariswhere the hero played by Owen Wilson returns to the past to find Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and many others). 

Many places still bear witness to their presence, as this plate reveals that Edith Wharton lived in this building of the rue de Varenne:

Susan, Mary and Sonia - "53 rue de Varenne"

Edith Wharton was the first writer from the United States to come to live in France as indicated. "My years of Paris life were spent entirely in the rue de Varenne - rich years, crowded and happy years" as she wrote.

A little further, continuing our run street of Varenne, it is a French artist that we will meet this time, Auguste Rodin:

Susan, Mary, Sonia - Rodin Museum (garden and building)

From the street, behind glasses, we found the statue of the Burghers of Calais in the garden of the Rodin Museum. Find the history of "Les Bourgeois de Calais" in this article.

Continue our route around the Invalides...

Susan, Sonia, Mary - "Hôtel des Invalides" and Eiffel tower in the backgroung

...to reach the right bank and enjoy a beautiful view of the "Musée d'Orsay" and the "Hôtel de Salm", the "Palais de la Légion d'Honneur":

Susan, Mary and Sonia - Orsay Museum and Palace of the Legion of Honor

On Saturday, after a run at the foot of the Seine bridges:

Susan and Mary - "Petit Pont" and further, the "Pont Saint-Michel" (Pont=Bridge)

... we went to see one of the places where Ernest Hemingway lived in Paris:

Susan and Mary - "74 rue du Cardinal Lemoine"

Read what he wrote in his book "A Moveable Feast":
... "this is how Paris was in the early days when we were very poor and very happy."
A green door for Edith Wharton and a blue door for Ernest Hemingway... ; )
Just around the corner is the pretty little "Place de la Contrescarpe" Hemingway loved:

Susan and Mary - "Place de la Contrescarpe"

On the way back, we stopped in front of the marble standard meter of the "rue de Vaugirard":

Mary and Susan - Street of Vaugirard


Merci Mary ! Merci Susan ! Merci Sonia !

The routes of the tours:


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