Thursday, January 1, 2015

The Parisian running competitions in 2015

Start of the Paris Marathon de Paris 2010
Happy New Year 2015 ! A new year for the running competitions in Paris
It is always a great pleasure to run on the Parisian roadway freed of cars, to be able to run on the avenue of the Opera or at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, in the woods of Boulogne and Vincennes (which belong to Paris), to go down the Champs Elysées running the first kilometer of the marathon...
As every year now, we propose the 2015 list of the Parisian competitions, all those which take place in Paris.
DISCOVER THE LIST => HERE

Happy New Year!

Friday, August 22, 2014

"Place des Victoires" with Kristine

Kristine - Garden of the "Palais Royal"
10:05 AM - Kristine comes from New York. Very sports, she chose to take advantage of her stay in Paris to do a Running Tour and so combine sport and discovery of Paris.
We left Grand boulevards to join the Eiffel Tower.

At first, we ran in more intimate places as the garden of the Palais Royal (above) or the magnificent Parisian covered passages:


We often spoke about them in this blog but it is always a great pleasure to discover these passages again.

The second part of the route led us towards less "confidential" but great amazing places, as the banks of the Seine...


Kristine - Banks of the River Seine (right bank, at the level of the "Jardin des Tuileries")

... or of course, the Eiffel tower:

Kristine - Eiffel tower since the Avenue of the President Wilson

Along the way, we crossed the magnificent "Place des Victoires" with the Statue of king Louis XIV, the Sun King.

Kristine - Place des Victoires

This square, created in 1685, was named "Place des Victoires" in honor of the military victories of Louis XIV. Do you know that the place saw successively four different monuments:
  • from 1686 till 1792, a standing statue of Louis XIV
  • from 1792 till 1810, a wooden pyramid
  • from 1810 till 1828, a statue of General Desaix
  • and since 1828, the current statue, an equestrian statue of Louis XIV.
The first statue was melted in 1792 to make canons during the revolution. It represented King Louis XIV standing...


... on a base representing four overcome nations (Spain, the Empire, Brandenburg and Holland):


This base is visible in the Puget courtyard in the Louvre.
We can even see it without entering the Louvre since the passage which connects the street of Rivoli with the Louvre Pyramid (remember the photo 12 in this article: here).

Merci Kristine ! 

The route of the tour:

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:

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