Paris by Métro: Place Monge

Marche=Markets
Marche=Markets

Place Monge at a Glance

Line=7

Arrondissement=5th

Sights Within 1 Kilometer:

North

Arénes de Lutéce-130m

Arab World Institute-800m

Île Saint Louis-1km

East

Grande Mosque of Paris-300m

Jardin des Plantes-700m

Seine/Quais-900m

South

Place Monge Market-38m

West

Rue Mouffetard-230m

Hemingway’s Home-270m

Philippe Auguste Wall-450m

Saint-Étienne-du-Mont-600m

Panthéon-750m

Sorbonne/Latin Quarter-1km

Jardin de Luxembourg-1km

Sight Details

North

Arénes de Lutéce: There is not much left from this Roman Arena, but it is a unique sight to visit.  As you stand in the center, imagine you were a gladiator waiting for his fate to be revealed.

Arab World Institute: The goal of the institute is to build an understanding between different cultures.  The unique architecture holds art, history, and a library to bring people together by banishing the lack of knowledge about the culture.

Île St. Louis: This island is home to the best ice cream in Paris: Berthillon.  Walking the streets, you feel like you are in a village making it is easy to forget that you are in the city center.  Hear the accordion player in the background as you window shop with your glacé in hand.

East

Grande Mosque of Paris: Inside the mosque you will find a charming café.  The pastries are 2 euros and the tea is 2.50 Euros.  The tea is a nice combination of mint and chai.  Look around and you will feel like you are in Morocco.  The mosque has a lush garden area with blue tiles that appear to be meditative waters.  This is a place perfect for reflection and thought.

Jardin des Plantes: Greenery surrounds you in this escape from the city.  The garden has a nice combination of trees, flowers, and other activities.  Take a walk through the zoo, or visit the natural history museum.  Maybe you can even join those practicing tai chi.

Seine/Quais: If you walk north, you will eventually run into the Seine.  Find a good spot on the Pont de Sully and watch the ebb and flow of people travel down the river.  The quays along the Seine are perfect for strolling or a picnic.  Life is good watching the world go by on water.

South

Place Monge Market: Markets look so inviting in the rain with their covered roofs and warm lights.  I find this market to be one of my favorites in Paris.  It is small enough not to be overwhelming, but it was bustling, so I knew the produce was good quality.  The smell of roasted chicken permeates the little enclosures until you walk past a cheese stand. Then, a new odor takes over.  Visit this market on Wednesday, Friday, or Sunday.

West

Rue Mouffetard: The street is lined with fromageries, boulangeries, and every other “geries” you could wish for.  The restaurants have character whether it is German style or a true French bistro.  You could also consider grabbing a sandwich and finding a nice park bench to hold you as you chomp on your baguette.  I would not recommend visiting this street on Monday since most shops are closed up.

Hemingway’s Home: If you are fan of Hemingway or have read A Moveable Feast, stop by 74 Rue Cardinal Lemoine to see where he lived with Hadley.  Step back in time as you imagine an apartment without heat or a toilet.  Hemingway even used a slop bucket at times.  Close your eyes and hear the noise of the drunkards stumbling around after their cheap brandies back in the 20s.  Can you smell the odor?

Philippe Auguste Wall: If you want to see a peak into historical Paris, continue down the street to see a glimpse of the old Paris wall.  The Louvre was a fortress and its wall protected it from invasion.  This segment of the wall is part of what is left from the original.

Saint Étienne du Mont: The church is closed on Mondays, but open every other day.  If you look above the door you will see Saint Etienne being stoned, hence being the patron saint for headaches and migraines.  Although the church is named after Saint Etienne, it contains the relics of Saint Genevieve.  She is the patron saint of Paris. You may also recognize this sight from Midnight in Paris.  Perhaps a stop on the steps at midnight will take you back to the 1920s.

Panthéon: The Panthéon is the resting place for many famous French such as Voltaire, Marie Curie ,and Victor Hugo.

Sorbonne/Latin Quarter: The Latin Quarter is best known for the two major boulevards: St. Michel and St. Germain des Prés which are a little beyond the Sorbonne.  There is plenty of shopping and eating to be done on these streets, but sneaking in and out of the side streets reveals a picturesque, hidden side of the Latin Quarter.  The area gets its name from the Latin-speaking students of the Sorbonne.

Jardin de Luxembourg: The gardens flowing out from the palace are one of the many living rooms for the Parisians.  While pacing through the gardens you may come across a group of older men playing pétanque, a little tike riding a pony, children chasing their sailboats on the pond with their sticks, or a fountain revealing danger for two lovers.

Suggested Walk:

This walk is a bit long, but it gives you a variety of sights in a loop.  I suggest going on this route the day the Place Monge Market is open, otherwise, I would not walk back to Place Monge.


Paris by Métro: Cité

Ile de la CiteCité at a Glance

Line=4

Arrondissement=4th

Tip=You may want to use the elevator when it is operating.

Sights Within 1 Kilometer:

*Website in French

Sight Details

Île de la Cité: Paris began on this island over 2,000 years ago.  The island is lively and full of tourists because of the major sights.  You are bound to hear some music as you stroll, or find a prankster hanging out by Notre-Dame.  If you look down in this area you will find Point Zero.  Every distance in France is measured from this location.

Bird and Flower Market: The flower market is open Monday through Saturday, but on Sunday you will hear the chirping of birds filling the space.  This market is found right outside the exit of the metro.

Archaeological Crypt: As time passes, dirt and dust collects building layers over the past.  The crypt shows a hidden world under the ground.  Since the island housed people over 2,000 years ago, there is history resting below our feet.  The remains feature Roman buildings along with the sewer.  Yum.

Seine/Quais: Since Île de la Cité is an island, it is surrounded by the Seine.  Find a good spot on a bridge and watch the ebb and flow of people travel down the river.  The quays along the Seine are perfect for strolling or a picnic.  Life is good watching the world go by on water.

Bouquinistes: Vintage books, posters, and affordable souvenirs can be found in the little green boxes lining the river.  You may come across an abundance of American pop culture, but if you dig through and visit several bouquinistes, you can find the perfect gift for someone else or yourself.

Palais de Justice: If you are trying to get into Sainte-Chapelle and you are confused about why you have to go through security, it is because the church is attached to the Palais de Justice.  The members of the French Supreme Court enters the building under the motto of Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité.

Sainte-Chapelle Church: This original home to the Crown of Thorns houses some of the most beautiful stained glass in the world.  Although the relic has moved down the block to Notre-Dame, the church is well worth a visit.  The color and Gothic style will shock any visitor.  The design is fluid and consistent due to the speedy construction, unlike other Gothic churches of the time period.

Conceirgerie: The former prison housed Marie-Antoinette before her date with the guillotine.

St. Séverin Church: This squat-looking church is a bit dingy on the outside, but allows for a closer view of gargoyles and stained glass.

Notre-Dame: The famous cathedral was saved by Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame.  Facing ruin, the story revived the interest in the great Gothic cathedral.  If you have energy left over after straining your neck upwards and walking around the grounds, get your workout by climbing the more than 400 steps up the tower to see the gargoyles face to face.  I think this is one of the best views of Paris.

Shakespeare and Company: Although this is not the original bookstore owned by Sylvia Beach that was frequented by James Joyce or Ernest Hemingway, it is a replica that keeps the spirit of the bookstore alive.  The originals no longer exist, but the values have been instilled in the current store.  Enjoy events where you can hear readings or maybe even see a celebrity.  If you buy a book, don’t forget to ask for the stamp inside the cover.

Sorbonne/Latin Quarter: The Latin Quarter is best known for the two major boulevards: St. Michel and St. Germain des Prés.  There is plenty of shopping and eating to be done on these streets, but sneaking in and out of the side streets reveals a picturesque, hidden side of the Latin Quarter.  I wish I could give you exact streets to walk down, but stumbling upon your own will be more enjoyable.

Hôtel de Ville: The city hall houses free exhibitions for the public.  The esplanade out front changes throughout the year.  Sometimes you will find sand while another time you might find a green space has taken over.

Pont Neuf: The bridge is not ornate, but it is known as the oldest bridge crossing the Seine in Paris.

Place Saint-Michel: The fountain has seen some challenging times in Paris history.  From uprisings against the Nazis to student demonstrations in 1968, the cove that forms Place Saint Michel has heard people standing up for what they believe in.  Venture through the streets in the surrounding area to find hidden corners of the Latin Quarter.

Cluny Museum: The former Roman baths have been converted into a museum with medieval art.  The museum is known for the tapestries called Lady and the Unicorn.  Who would have thought tapestries could be so naughty.

Deportation Memorial: Located behind Notre-Dame you will find a hidden memorial for the 200,000 people that were deported during World War II by the Vichy French.  Having a basic understanding of the occupation in France before visiting the memorial will create the context necessary for truly understanding the disgust of the time period.  As you walk through the memorial, pay close attention to how the architecture makes you feel.

Mémorial de la Shoah: Located in the Marais, this memorial educates the visitors about the holocaust while honoring the Jews that died.

Île St. Louis: This island is home to the best ice cream in Paris: Berthillon.  Walking the streets, you feel like you are in a village making it is easy to forget that you are in the city center.  Hear the accordion player in the background as you window shop with your glacé in hand.

Panthéon: The Panthéon is the resting place for many famous French such as Voltaire, Marie Curie ,and Victor Hugo.

Arab World Institute: The goal of the institute is to build an understanding between different cultures.  The unique architecture holds art, history, and a library to bring people together by banishing the lack of knowledge about the culture.

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