As I think many of you know by now, we have moved to the 7th arrondissement of Paris. That’s right, the same district that’s home to the Eiffel Tower, the Musée d’Orsay, and the Invalides.
So the question is, for YOUR next visit, how can you do it like a local (and not like a tourist)?
And now that we’ve settled in, we figured we’d dedicate today’s episode to the neighbourhood – from a local’s perspective. Featuring the best games to play (pétanque of course), the streets to find, and the best secrets, it’s all in the episode.
So, you can listen to it below, or keep scrolling for the main points. Enjoy.
No time to listen? Fair enough (though you’re missing out!). Here are the main tips.
A great way to separate yourself from the tourists, get your hands on a set of this ancient Roman ball game and find some space on the Champ de Mars or the Invalides. That’s me below, I’m a man of my word 🙂
Walk the five best streets
The best five streets, according to me, are: rue Cler, rue du Bac, rue Grenelle, rue Saint Dominique (the cover image for this post), and rue de Varenne (great doors here, see below). If you’re new to Paris, these are a great place to start.
Pick your parks!
Sure, the Champ de Mars is world class… and if you’re a teenager then you should absolutely hang out on the Esplanade des Invalides. But why not take it to the next level and try the gardens of the Rodin museum, or the mysterious Jardin Catherine Labouré (pictured below)?
Learn the secrets of the seventh
If you follow The Earful Tower on social media you’ll surely already know all this! But be sure to check out the places I mentioned in today’s episode, like the Deyrolle taxidermy shop, the 19th century pharmacy on avenue de la Bourdonnais (pictured below), and the bakery on rue Saint Dominique. And if you know how to get into the gardens of the local town hall, get in touch!
That’s all for now! As always, this show exists thanks to the members. Today’s bonus features for Patrons include HOURS of my videos from the seventh that you haven’t seen yet, plus deeper dives into the district’s history, its buildings, and my fave things to do. Plus pics and addresses for everything mentioned above and much, much more.
Here’s a glimpse at part of today’s 12-page scroll!
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