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, 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:


Thursday, May 15, 2014

In front of the Embassy of Texas in Paris with Kristina

Kristina - Alexandre III bridge - "La fillette à la coquille" (the girl with the shell), sculpted by Léopold Morice
9:55 AM - Kristina lives just in front of Manhattan (New York). We ran and discovered Paris on a beautiful morning of May.
The magnificent Alexandre III bridge presents numerous groups of statues. Some evoke diverse representations of the Fame, others, France in various periods of its history.
The girl with the shell, which we can see on the photo above, is a member of numerous statues bound to the marine world (the Nereid, the child and the fantastic fish, dolphins and other shells).
It is a pity people hung on to it padlocks (look at the hands of the statue by enlarging the photo)..

Very close to the place where we started our running, Place Vendôme, we met the Embassy of Texas!

Kristina - "Embassy of Texas"

Embassy of Texas?
Yes, read the plaque which we can see on the building behind Kristina:


It is written:
"Embassy of Texas. In 1842-1843 this building was the seat of the Embassy of the Republic of Texas in Paris. With the Franco-Texan Treaty of 29 September 1839 France became the first nation to recognize the Republic of Texas, an independant state between 1836 and 1845."

A little farther, after having run in the magnificent Garden of the Tuileries,


Kristina - Jardin des Tuileries

It is in front of another place of political representation that we stop:

Kristina - Palais de l'Elysée - "La Grille du Coq"

The Palace of "Elysée", official residence of the President of the French Republic.
Look at the railing which closes the garden of the Palace south side: it is the Railing of the Gallic cockerel. Remember, we had spoken about this cock here.
By continuing our road towards the Eiffel Tower, we pass by a street the name of which evokes a city well known by Kristina:

Kristina - Avenue de New-York

In 1918, this way is named Avenue of Tokio (with one "i" as it was the custom at the beginning of the 20th century). At the end of the World War I, the avenue receives this name because Japan was an ally of France.
In 1945, the avenue of Tokio is renamed avenue of New York, the most populated city of the United States, the country which participated in the France liberation (Japan having become an enemy during the World War II).
The Palace of Tokyo, very close, built for the World Fair of 1937, kept its name.

We were lucky! By going to the Eiffel Tower, the cannons of the garden of Trocadéro throw their powerful water jets:

Kristina - Jardin du Trocadéro

Merci Kristina !

The route of the tour:


Monday, May 12, 2014

In front of the Commercial court of Paris with Dave

Dave - Bridge Notre Dame - In the background, on the left, the Commerce Court of Paris and on the right, the Conciergerie
Thursday 1st May - 8:03 AM, Monday 12th May - 8:01 AM - Dave comes from the beautiful city of Ottawa in Canada. 
Two mornings to discover Paris in a sports way. A dive through the different layers of history which offers Paris.
Paris is a city which was never destroyed contrary to Berlin (at the end of the war in 1945), Lisbon (earthquake of 1755) or London (fire of 1666), other leading cities. 
Paris can thus present as well Roman vestiges as buildings of the Middle Age either the numerous royal creations (among others!). Succession of architectural fashions, urbanistic traditions and most of the time a research for urban harmony.

See, for example, above, the Commercial court ("Tribunal de Commerce"), in front of which we stopped. Let us look at it just in front:

"Tribunal de Commerce" of Paris

Something bizarre, no? 
The dome is not in the center of the building but on the right side!
Architect's whim? No, will of urban harmony. The dome is so placed to close on the South side the perspective of the Boulevard Sevastopol (perspective ended in the North by the train station of "Gare de l'Est").
The Commercial court is finished in 1864 while the Boulevard is inaugurated in 1858.

Look at the precise alignment of the boulevard and the court:

"Tribunal de Commerce de Paris" and Boulevard Sébastopol

Let us pursue our running in the Middle Age Paris, with the magnificent Abbey of Cluny, now the National Museum of the Middle Age (and its Lady and the Unicorn famous tapestries):

Dave - "Abbaye de Cluny"

and the two old houses of the street François Miron:

Dave - "Rue François Miron"

Look at the wooden beams of the facade. These facades are rare in Paris. In fact, some old Parisian Middle age houses are hidden by renovations of facade.
In 1967, The timber framings which we see here were cleared of the plaster which recovered them.
Look at the buildings at the beginning of the 20th century:


Indeed, in 1607, protective measures against the fires were decreed, in particular the obligation to cover with plaster timber framings (these measures were strengthened in 1667 because of the big fire of London in 1666!)

Now, let us admire the beautiful perspective offered by the Soufflot street:

Dave, "Rue Soufflot" (in the background, the Senate and the Eiffel Tower far off) - At the top of the Soufflot street, the Pantheon (The street name is the one of Jacques-Germain Soufflot, architect of the Pantheon)

Merci Dave !

The routes of the tours:


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Chestnut trees in flowers, place Dauphine, with Lena

Lena - Place Dauphine
11:03 AM - Lena comes from Sweden. While running, we discovered a Paris colored by the spring.
Look at the photo above where the Place Dauphine shows proudly its chestnut trees in flower.
Created shortly after the "Place des Vosges" (at that time, Place Royale), the Place Dauphine owes its name to the son of king, the "Dauphin", future Louis XIII, son of Henri IV whose we can see the statue on the west of the Place.
Beautiful small quiet square, opened on the Justice Palace, it was until 1874 a square closed by a third side of buildings. The Place was then a complete triangle.


Before and after

Here are the buildings which constituted the basis of the triangle:


Place Dauphine before 1874 - East side - No trees at the time!

Other beautiful trees and vegetables accompanied our route:

The oldest tree in Paris


Lena - Locust tree (Robinia pseudoacacia) planted in 1602 (Square René Viviani)

The plant wall which covers a part of the buildings of the Quai Branly Museum


Lena - Plant wall created in 2004 by Patrick Blanc (Administrative buildings of the Quai Branly Museum)

The trees which follow the new banks of the Seine


Lena - Banks of the river Seine (left bank) - In the background, the Eiffel Tower




Merci Lena !


The route of the tour :


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