5th Arrondissement: a Medieval hike

That seventh grade history teacher left an impression, when he brought clay and paper and paints to his classroom, told his students about the Middle Ages, and then instructed them to research a medieval city and build a model.  This former seventh grader was, thus, delighted to learn that Paris has some streets in the 5th Arrondissement that survive that period. So, we might skip the museums in the 5th and  just work the streets.

Looking for Rue Mouffetard seems to turn up the history.

Medieval walk through arr 5 and Latin Quarter

Looking forward to coloring in my path on the map that appears at the bottom of this wiki page:  http://wikitravel.org/en/Paris/5th_arrondissement

Sources for this hike include:




The tour ends at Montparnasse where a modern tower and observation deck is available for tall building views of Paris. One of the reviews suggested that the greatest value of this tower view is that the tower itself is nowhere to be seen. We might have a greater interest in the Montparnasse Cemetery which will be a free admission and where we can see some famous French names laid to rest, including Emil Durkheim and Simone de Beauvoir.

The tour could well start at Shakespeare and Company, a place that’s on my Paris bucket list because of James Joyce and other stories.   https://shakespeareandcompany.com/  It really vies for attention as the English language book source and stopping off or starting off point (over the American Library of Paris) because of its close proximity to the first five arrondissements.  But there are 15 more to go.

~BobKat on


About Photography and Copyright

resized fire skyBlogger/photographers are especially confident when the lighting is good, the scenery is amazing, and the camera adequately reflects those variables. Yet, the world of commerce jealously protects creative works, including architectural and design works, really including anything that marks a commercial enterprise. Many bloggers have one eye toward personal expression and another  eye toward monetizing that expression at some future point.

And trip planners like myself only have maps and other people’s pictures to go by, until the trip is underway.  Two challenges exist for photographers: 1) liking and wanting  to use other people’s pictures and 2)  planning to take original pictures once the trip is underway.

As for the first point, it is prudent to scour every page looking for a copyright signal from the author. Open source photography is the general rule for sources of shareable images; additionally a derivative photo-sharer must pay particular attention to whatever disclaimers appear on the Wikipedia images (where one should tread lightly because anyone can claim they own something on the page) or other open source page.

As for the second point, well, it might not be sufficient to take the tourist picture using ones own camera, either!

Search terms:  tourist pictures of pictures and copyright

Top result: http://blog.kenkaminesky.com/photography-copyright-and-the-law/

Second top result says:

Most photographers (and licensees) think property releases are required for publishing photos of buildings because of a slight misunderstanding of a key aspect of copyright and trademark law: the mistaken assumption that what applies to photos of people, applies to copyrighted or trademarked works, like buildings.

The source of this misunderstanding is the copyright: buildings are made from architectural designs, and such designs are copyrighted by definition, exactly the same way photos are. Also like photos, architectural drawings don’t have to necessarily be registered to be protected. So, technically, items such as buildings are protected by copyright protection, as any other item would be. The part that’s misunderstood, is that “any” use of a photo of a copyrighted item does not itself constitute a violation of that copyright.

The protections that copyrights provide usually come down to some economic measurement: is the display of a photo somehow having an economic effect on the copyright owner’s ability to sell his product? Does it diminish its value? Similarly, is the use of the photo somehow enabling the user to benefit economically? That is, just as the “good will” of a well-recognized logo may help with the perceived value of a product that bears it, a “good design” (regardless of whether it’s recognized) can have a positive economic effect on the user’s ability to sell his wares. The question of whether any given use violates a copyright is judged on how closely one can attribute the use of the photo of the item in question with any of the hypothetical effects listed above.



4th Arrondissement: Le Marais Neighborhood, Notre Dame Cathedral

The Marais Neighborhood is one to see, if you only have a weekend in Paris.  It covers both the third and the fourth arrondissements as well as the Seine River.


photo credit: http://www.paris-promenades.com/

Some great photos of Marais streets, and lots of other destinations in Paris are here:


Marais neighborhood photos show up with the search term “open source photos,” but I don’t see instructions at aparisguide.com on how to credit the author, so you’ll need to follow the link and look at his pics at his site.  I look forward to photographing Marais myself. Those who have gone before me talk about its visual and cultural variety, its historical contrast to the big Haussmann boulevards in other parts of the city, its old Jewish neighborhood, its beauty and aristocratic past.

A day in the 4th arronidissement could also include a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral, an iconic Paris destination with ongoing traditional Catholic activities.


The tourists also have a place at Notre Dame; the details are in French:   http://www.notredamedeparis.fr/en/visites/informations-pratiques/les-tours-et-la-crypte/

But plenty of sites talk about climbing the towers … the nearly 400 steps are broken up by a gift shop/book store about half way up.








3rd Arrondissement: Foucault’s Pendulum and the Original Statue of Liberty plus old friends

Paris_3e_arr_jmsThird Arr Day.pngMusée des Arts et Métiers, http://www.arts-et-metiers.net/musee/visitor-information

Fun to return to the third arrondissement after I’d found a few of the big destinations with other questions.  A whole day makes sense in this little pocket.

The Bastille monument (and five converging streets) is at the lower right and facing the Seine.

The Marais neighborhood is a textured group of nationalities attitudes, foods, histories and is in both the 3rd and the 4th arrondissements.  More on it tomorrow.

The Picasso museum is here in the 3rd arr. and likely the first stop of a day in the 3rd arr. just to avoid the longest lines.

There’s Les Halles and the new find, Musée des Arts et Métiers.

If it’s a two-museum day (Picasso and Metiers) then a nice Batobus boat ride along the Seine might be a good way to finish.

Entrance fees at Musée Picasso:  Regular price: 12.50 €

Musée des Arts et Métiers, free entry on the first Sunday of the month and Thursdays after 6pm —  otherwise, €8 / €5.50 (job seekers, teachers, students).



A 14.7K Friday – a free walking tour

Walk Friday3Here’s a Friday itinerary, developed in the process of researching and writing this blog. The goal was to stay under 10 miles, and to make the trip a circular trip that would hit sites that I absolutely want to see, but that my spouse would not enjoy at the same level.

15th (Hotel Novotel Vaugirard) (set out, after H goes to work)

5th (Shakespeare & Co) – (mid-morning Euro symbol free icon coffee and book browsing)

2nd (Le Grand Colbert) – ( Euro symbol free icon lunch) (made an on-line reservation yesterday)

9th (Galeries Lafayette Haussmann) – (free fashion show from 3-3:30) (made an on-line reservation two days ago).

16th (Trocadero) – late afternoon view of the Eiffel Tower (free)

7th (American Library in Paris) – catching up ( Euro symbol free icon for week-long pass)

15th (Hotel Novotel Vaugirard) – (sunset view of Eiffel tower) (Euro symbol free icon for beverage) (with H)

2nd Arrondissement (“Bourse”): Le Grand Colbert, Rue Montorgueil, Stohrer


Map credit: http://www.paris-promenades.com/, as uploaded to Wikimedia Commons

Delighted to learn that in the  2nd arrondissement, we find Le Grand Colbert, with affordable lunches … but with dinners that require a deposit.  If you’ve not seen the Diane Keaton/Jack Nicholson film, Something’s Gotta Give, it may mean little to you, but after … you need to attend … and try some of the roasted chicken.

Other detail of note:  Rue Montorgueil, to meet and greet some locals and to attend Stohrer, the oldest pastry shop in Paris.


1st Arrondissement (“Louvre”): Les Halles, the Louvre, the Tuileries

This map, uploaded to Wikipedia by the author of paris-promenades, shows the location of the 1st arrondissement.



Three destinations are featured here.

The first, Les Halles, is something I’ve just discovered in a dedicated search for “1st arrondissement.” It seems to have been recently re-opened after demolition of a former market, replaced by grand and somewhat controversial modern architectural:

Les Halles – this article traces some of the renewal process and includes an animate discussion of the pros and cons of the updated market:

Second and third are the Louvre and the Tuileries, situated next to one another, each with a reach history:

The Louvre, http://www.louvre.fr/en/histoirelouvres/history-louvre#tabs

The Tuileries, http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/03/13/les-tuileries-the-phantom-palace-of-paris.html


Face Cloths, Wall Sockets, Data Usage

Do not expect wash cloths or standard U.S. wall electronics in your hotel room. Doe expect to make plans for electronic data usage and cell phone use.

The cupbord was bare

  • Your Paris hotel room will not likely offer washcloths (“face cloths”). An amusing Rick Steves forum discussion considers why.
  • Additionally, electrical items will not likely operate unless you also pack an adapter.
  • If it’s a cell phone or other device that needs the outlet, make sure you leave home with a plan as to how (and whether) you will use your data.  AT&T’s budget plan ($30 per phone) allows you to text all you want and answer calls from anywhere in the world — but under this plan you will make a call or use data at your peril.
  • If you’re more connected to your apps than we plan to be, ParisAdele has explored some options:  http://parisadele.com/practical-information/using-your-mobile-phone-in-paris/


Cheap or Free

Free2Walking Tours, http://www.freetoursbyfoot.com/paris-tours/

Survey of Public Bus Lines that Pass Tourist Spots, http://www.eurocheapo.com/blog/paris-7-public-buses-that-are-great-for-cheapo-sightseeing.html

Roof top bar opens at 5 p.m. with views of Eiffel Tower, http://www.novotel.com/en/hotel-1978-novotel-paris-vaugirard-montparnasse/index.shtml

Free things to do in Paris, https://www.lonelyplanet.com/france/paris/travel-tips-and-articles/76886

Buried in the after-notes in LonelyPlanet is a reference to a free fashion show at Galeries Lafayette. Took some doing, and some searching for an English version of the home site, but — Fridays from 3-3:30 the free shows take place.  Tickets are free, but you need to get the tickets which are reservable online. It works, to  use your working email address and then your hotel’s zip code and phone number. One person can reserve up to 14 seats, free of charge; 15 or more in the group, Free becomes 10 euros @ seat.




Plan de Paris par Arrondissement

plan de parisSurely a number of choices are available, but this one seems to be the classic map of the Paris Arrondissements. About the size of a cell-phone, the pocket guide includes all the Paris streets, organized in an atlas format. Includes an overview map (with a copyright mark) that shows the main streets throughout the city.

This little book makes each arrondissement into the self-contained unit they seem to be. Populations in the arrondissements vary from around 20,000 in the center of town, to over 200,000 in the larger more suburban areas.

Indexes to this guide include lists of foreign embassies, universities, hospitals, shopping centers, town halls, markets, museums,  monuments, parks & gardens, parking, police, theatres, fair grounds, transportation.

Made in Paris, mine shipped from New York — Libraries de France, 526 East 58th Street.  The TripAdvisor forum suggests an alternative, and slightly larger, city plan. Can you find it?

A number of bloggers have discussed destination choices, with a focus on the arrondissements. Here’s one with executive summaries of each area.