I came upon my photographs from Paris and I remembered I stopped with episode 3.
After showing you one of my favourite areas in the city – the 11th arrondissement (le 11ème) – and taking you for a walk through Le Marais and Saint-Germain-des-Prés, it is about time to show you my number one favourite area in Paris: the 7th arrondissement (le 7ème).
Situated on the Rive Gauche (the left bank of the Seine), it includes some of Paris’s major tourist attractions, such as the Eiffel Tower, Hôtel des Invalides (Napoléon’s resting place) and Musée d’Orsay. A significant number of French national institutions, ministries and diplomatic embassies are also to be found in the area.
The arrondissement became home to the French upper class in the 17th century, when the high nobility started to move from the central and crowded Marais to the clearer, less populated and less polluted “Faubourg Saint-Germain“, as this area used to be called.
This might explain why, to this date, le 7ème is France’s second richest district in average income and Paris’ first.
However, all the above have absolutely nothing to do with with why I like le 7ème so much. On the contrary, being home to the Eiffel Tower makes it unpleasantly crowded during the day and the fact that there are so many institutions here means that parts of the area are rather “dead” as soon as the working day is over. And that a lot of rich Parisians live here is also of no interest to me.
But once you find yourself in the less touristic parts of this arrondissement, you`ll know why it`s my number one in the entire Paris. The labyrinth of small streets bringing you to the Seine (in Musée d’Orsay`s area), the extremely beautiful architecture, the exquisite shops with their coloured wooden façades, the people I`ve seen – these are my reasons.
And now some photos from that part of le 7ème closer to the Eiffel Tower, a bit different from what you`ve seen above, but which nonetheless makes this arrondissement complete:
I hope you have enjoyed the walk! I know I did and the fact that we ended it with a lunch at Les Cocottes – a place I had read about on this blog – made it perfect.