Unravel the incredible layers of the 2000 years of history that makes the Paris of the 21st century more complex and interesting than the tourists would ever suspect. Discover the hidden places and hot new spots in each district.
This new itinerary is the result of literally years of study and is designed for individual travellers who are well beyond being satisfied by the typical tourist traps. The idea originally came from a very experienced traveller who knew that after years of visiting Paris, he was simply scratching the surface.
He rightly assumed that the vast majority of interesting experiences are unavailable to people who don’t speak French. His challenge to me was: “I want to stop feeling like a tourist. I want to see the things you can’t find on your own. I want to properly understand Paris.”
Paris 1 to 8 is the response to this challenge. It is designed to provide the finest conquest of the city since Roman times. You can throw away the standard guide books and write your own!
Since 1860, with the extension of Paris (including faubourgs outside the wall of the “Fermiers généraux”) by Napoleon III and Haussmann, there have been 20 arrondissements, spiraling like a snail from the western side of the Ile de la Cité.
Each arrondissement is divided into four “quartiers” (basically the north west, north east, south west and south east sections of each arrondissement).
Parisians tend to identify very strongly with their own quartier, with many seldom venturing far beyond their neighbourhood on a regular basis.
Come with us and discover the background and diversity of that make Paris a far more complex and interest city than tourists realise.