Paris is a bon vivant, strolling through cobbled streets with an air of nonchalance, sprinkling fairy dust in its wake. It inspires and awes, never taking itself too seriously, always willing you to discover more but never quite enough. The only fear I had on my flight was that I might find it overrated – that all those years of fantasising about the Eiffel Tower and Champs-Élysées might prove to be a cliché in real life. I was wrong. Despite everything it had to live up to, it did not disappoint.
We set out without a plan, hoping to see as much of the city in a day as possible. How it turned out was nothing less than magical. Never have I walked as much as I did on that day with not a care in the world. There’s just something in the air that energises you and keeps you going, helping you discover stamina you never knew you had. Paree took us in and nudged us in the right direction, setting out a route that showed us its iconic sights, past the gurgling Siene and through quiet neighbourhoods none of the guidebooks would have thought to list on their pages.
Here’s a pictorial review of our route, in case you decide to follow in our footsteps (literally!). The starting point of this walking tour was the Quai de Montebello.