Paris’ Second – and Long-Forgotten – River

If you have spent any time at all in Paris, you must have crossed at least one of the bridges over the river Seine at some point. Every tourist has strolled across the Pont Neuf taking in the hue of the city's beautiful stone buildings at sunset. Incidentally, despite being called the "New Bridge" it is … Continue reading Paris’ Second – and Long-Forgotten – River

Which Is The Oldest Street in Paris?

The oldest street in Paris is the rue Saint Jacques, in the 5th arrondissement. Leading from the Île de la Cité, where Paris was founded, the rue Saint Jacques passes through the Sorbonne University, the Pantheon, Port Royal and finally reaches Denfert-Rochereau. Over two and a half kilometres (= one and a half miles) long, this … Continue reading Which Is The Oldest Street in Paris?

Le Marché aux Puces de Saint Ouen with Discover Walks

It's rare that I'll be standing outside a McDonald's at 10.45 on a Saturday morning. On this occasion, coming at the end of a full week of fun birthday festivities, the smell of greasy oil was almost enough to turn my stomach. However, the reason for standing there on this particular morning was to meet … Continue reading Le Marché aux Puces de Saint Ouen with Discover Walks

The History of Wine in Paris

Picture yourself in 18th century Paris. The streets are narrow, smelly and just as ridden with vagabonds, ragamuffins and the more-than-just-occasional four-legged rodent as they are today. Now imagine that the Eiffel Tower has not yet been constructed, nor has the Montparnasse Tower. Haussmann has not been born and thus the entirety of the city ressembled what we refer … Continue reading The History of Wine in Paris