Woman looking at a map in the Louvre on ThatLou tour for the Paris le nez en l'air story
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Wandering around Paris

Woman looking at a map in the Louvre on ThatLou tour for the Paris le nez en l'air storyWandering around Paris with your nose in the air is the idea behind a website of self-guided walks. Although it might mean you have no particular goal or end in sight, wandering and gazing around, the website with the same name gives a beginning and ending point with lots in between. Paris has plenty of great, guided and personalized walking tours. Many are listed on my Paris Walking Tours  page with more ideas on my Tours, Guides, Walks and Wheels . The Paris Mayor’s Office offers self-guided strolls and movie tours. The Paris Tourist Office has plenty as well (their links are on the pages listed above).

But I needed a selection of self-guided walks that I could choose from in a pinch. While looking for a group activity for visiting Toastmasters to Paris, I found “Paris le nez en l’air” (Paris with your nose in the air, literally translated) thanks to Topito, a website with thirty-two activities for a Paris visitor or a Parisian.

Paris le nez en l’air site was one of the suggestions and I investigated further. “Philippe” has written numerous itineraries. They are free to use. The walks include anecdotes, maps and surprises. If you want to turn it into a treasure hunt, the clues and answers are given under “Solutions”. If your French is limited be sure to use Google Translate  to read about these walks. The hardest part will be trying to decide which one to is the most interesting!

In addition to what you find in the guidebooks, he provides anecdotes, big and small, about Paris and French history. He recommends that you print out the itinerary, wear good shoes, bring something to write with, a Paris map and head off for some fun!

Translating and adapting from his website, Philippe says he grew up in Paris and although he lives in a suburb now, he still loves the city. He thinks these walks will be a fun distraction from the everyday things. He thinks the visitor using these itineraries will leave with a good image of Paris and good memories of their visit.

Philippe imagines his site as a message in a bottle; something you find, and share; a common desire to enjoy the city with all the others who find his site and take the self-guided tours.

At the bottom of the website is the PayPal “Faire un don” (Make a donation). From the appearance and depth of this website, the donation will be worth it for the work “Philippe” has put into building the site.

A list of the walks:
Balade n°1 – Autour de l’Institut
Balade n°2 – La traversée de Montmartre
Balade n°3 – Batignolles/Gare St Lazare
Balade n°4 – Des Buttes Chaumont au Parc de Belleville
Balade n°5 – Autour du 19è arrondissement
Balade n°7 – Dans le 18è arrondissement
Balade n°8 – De Bercy à la Bastille
Balade n°9 – De Malesherbes aux Batignolles
Balade n°10 – Le 7ème arrondissement, quartier des ministères et de la politique
Balade n°11 – Le 5ème arrondissement
Balade n°12 – Le 15ème arrondissement, de Balard à Montparnasse
Balade n°13 – Le 6ème arrondissement, quartier des Arts et des Lettres
Balade n°14 – Le 20ème arrondissement, Ménilmontant
Balade n°15 – Du Luxembourg à la place d’Italie
Balade n°16 – La Grande Traversée Ouest/Est
Balade n°17 – Autour de Notre-Dame de Paris
Balade n°18 – De la Bibliothèque F.Mitterrand à Denfert-Rochereau
Balade n°19 – Du Palais-Royal à l’Hôtel de Ville
Balade n°20 – De Montparnasse au quai Voltaire
Balade n°21 – Autour de l’Opéra
Balade n°22 – De la Place des Vosges à l’Hôtel de Sens
Balade n°23 – De Bastille à République
Balade n°24 – Autour du Panthéon
Balade n°25 – Du Luxembourg à l’Institut
Balade n°26 – Autour de de Notre-Dame de Paris (variante)
Balade n°27 – Balade verte dans le 19è arrondissement
Balade n°28 – Derrière les Grands boulevards
Balade n°29 – De Convention à Montparnasse
Balade n°30 – De St Augustin à la rue Lafayette
Balade n°31 – De la Campagne à Paris à la place des Fêtes
Balade n°32 – Des Grands Boulevards au Sentier en passant par les passages
Balade n°33 – De Port-Royal à Censier-Daubenton
Balade n°34 – Du Centre Pompidou à l’Hôtel de Ville
Balade n°35 – De la mairie du 12è à la mairie du 11è
Balade n°36 – De la place d’Italie au quai de la Tournelle
Balade n°37 – Le 10ème arrondissement, de République à Belleville
Balade n°38 – Du Pont Alexandre III à la Tour Eiffel
Balade n°39 – De la Madeleine au Parc Monceau
Balade n°40 – De la place Maubert au Jardin des Plantes
Balade n°41 – Du Louvre à la Concorde en passant par les cours et les jardins
Balade n°42 – De la Madeleine au boulevard des Italiens
Balade n°43 – De la Muette au pont de l’Alma
Balade n°44 – De la mairie du 15è à Montparnasse
Balade n°45 – Du métro Pyrénées à République
Balade n°46 – Du Parc Montsouris aux Gobelins
Balade n°47 – De la Gare de l’Est à l’Hôtel de Ville
Balade n°48 – De la place de la Bataille de Stalingrad à la place de la République
Balade n°49 – De Montparnasse à l’Institut du Monde Arabe
Balade n°50 – La Grande traversée Nord-Sud
Balade n° 52 – De l’Odéon à l’Île St Louis
Balade n° 53 – Du Luxembourg au Quai Voltaire
Balade n° 54 – De l’Île St Louis au Centre Pompidou
Balade n°55 De la Poterne des Peupliers à l’Observatoire
Balade n°56 – De l’Arc de Triomphe à la Madeleine
Balade n°57 – Autour du Trocadero
Balade n°58 – De la porte de Clichy à Marx Dormoy
Balade n°59 – De l’Ecole Militaire au parc Georges Brassens
Balade n°60 – L’autre traversée de Montmartre
Balade n°61 – De Daumesnil à Gambetta
Balade n°62 – De De la Gare de l’Est au Centre Pompidou
Balade n°6 – Le quartier de l’Europe
Balade n°63 – De la place d’Aligre à la Gare de Lyon
Balade n°64 – de la Conciergerie au Panthéon
Balade n°65 – De la Place Monge à la gare d’Austerlitz
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This Web site and and its blog articles are for travelers to Paris who are looking for advice from someone who lives in Paris. These tips are "for Parisians at heart". Many people would like to visit, some can and some cannot - so I will help you enjoy a glimpse of the city and its surroundings. This project has been ongoing since 2002. Prior to living in Paris (since 1992) my European history began in the early 70s with three years in Wiesbaden, Germany. My next foray onto the Continent was in the mid-80s after graduation from the University of Florida (where I met Erik): traveling around Europe and UK with my friend, Margie, hitchhiking around and working in Ireland. After living and working as a journalist in Sweden for four years, traveling on boats, the Trans-Siberian Railway, local trains and planes took Erik and I around the world. I began working as a flight attendant in 1990 for American Airlines, based in Chicago. We moved to Paris, France in 1992 where I commuted between Paris and Chicago for my flight attendant/stewardess job. Finally my inner voice said "Stop!" and I left American Airlines six weeks shy of 20 years January 1, 2010. Now that is over and I am back working as a journalist and photographer full time on Colleensparis.com - My videos are posted on YouTube on the colleensparis youtube channel. and I am active in Toastmasters 75. Enjoy!