For this day, I would suggest to go out of the old city of Paris to see something different: modern architecture and a natural park in the program!
Grande Arche de la Defense
Take the metro 1 and exit at the Esplanade de La Défense, and take a walk to the Grande Arche (15 min).
La Grande Arche has the shape of a cube (110x110x110 m). It was inaugurated in July 1989 for the bicentennial of the French revolution (1789). It forms a historical axe with the important monuments of Paris (Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde, Louvre). This building forms another axe with the the highest structures in Paris: Tour Eiffel and the Montparnasse tower. It is located in the major business district La Defense.
Then take the metro 1 (direction chateau de Vincennes) and exit at les Salons to take a walk to Louis Vuitton foundation.
Fondation de Louis Vuitton
|Metro||Les sablons (Metro 1)|
Louis Vuitton foundation is an art museum and cultural center sponsored by LVMH. The building is really impressing, designed by a very famous architect Frank Gehry.
The Louis Vuitton foundation is located in the Bois de Boulogne. The Bois de Boulogne is a large public park located in the west of the Paris, not too far from the Defense. It was created in 1852 for the Emperor Napoleon III. The Bois de Boulogne the second largest park in Paris after the Bois de Vincennes (East of Paris. It is approximately 845 ha which is almost 2.5 times the area of Central Park in New York.
There are two botanical gardens, the chateau de Bagatelle, the Pré-Catelan, an amusement park and a zoo in the Jardin d’Acclimatation. There are also greenhouses, Jardin des Serres d’auteil and the hippodrome de Lomchamp (horse racing tracks).
Rolland Garros is held every year in the tennis stadium there too.
Barque au lac
If you have the energy to walk half an hour from the Louis Vuitton foundation, you can go to the lake on the east of the Bois de Boulogne. There you can rent a boat and do an hour trip around the lake in the park.
Chalet des îles au lac du bois de Boulogne
Porte de la Muette 75016 Paris
|Price||12 € / hour|
|Metro||station rue de la pompe (9)
Henri Martin (RER C)
Place des Vosges
The place des Vosges is the oldest planned square in Paris (17th century) with the first European program of royal city planning as a prototype. It was originally designed for the king and the queen. It is famous for its red brick with strips quoins over vaulted arcades that stand on square pillars. The north side was built with vaulted ceilings where you can find today art galleries and cafes. It was also a place for the nobility to chat and served as a meeting place for them until the revolution. Victor Hugo, one of the greatest French writers (Les Misérables) used to live in this square. Now his house can be visited, it’s a museum devoted to his memory.
As du Falafel
If you see a long line waiting in the Rue des Rosiers, It is most likely the As du Falafel. If you want to try a good falafel pita sandwich, this is where you have to go! It is more certainly where I had the best falafel! Don’t worry about the line, you’ll get your sandwich faster than you expect!
Don’t miss the chance of having THE fast entry card that allows you to visit museums and attraction for free: the Paris Pass here. You can read about it in another post on Saving on sightseeing in Paris.
Read other posts on Paris:
- Guide for spending one week in Paris: day 1, day 2, day 3, day 4, day 5, day 6, day 7
- Before going to Paris
- How to get around in Paris
- Saving on sightseeing in Paris