View of Champs Elysees with cyclists-May 8 is first Sunday pedestrian opening
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Paris Begins Another Fresh Air Tradition

View of Champs Elysees with cyclists-May 8 is first Sunday pedestrian openingCurrently, Paris closes particular neighborhood streets on Sundays. The Paris City Council has now added a famous avenue to the list. Below you will find links to maps of those neighborhoods, information on new neighborhoods being added this summer and details about the Champs-Elysées.

The exclusive Avenue des Champs-Elysées receives a breath of fresh air when certain dignitaries visit or during a special event. Beginning May 8, the avenue begins a new Paris tradition between noon and 8 pm when the Champs-Elysées opens to pedestrians and cyclists between Place de la Concorde and intersection of George V and rue Washington (more details on the Champs-Elysées map). The city council of Paris voted in February 2016 that the first Sunday of every month beginning May 8 would be strictly for pedestrians. Click on the small arrow at the top of this map to find the names of the neighborhood areas.

Example of Map for Paris Respire every Sunday; the Marais - more information http://www.paris.fr/parisrespire
Example of a neighborhood map for Paris Respire every Sunday; the Marais – more information http://www.paris.fr/parisrespire

Paris Respire
Nine new areas of the city now fall under the Sunday/holiday parameters of “Paris Respire” (Let Paris Breathe/Breathing in Paris). The council plans to open those areas this summer 2016.

The map “Paris Respire” on the mayor’s website shows the current areas in green and the areas marked for summer opening in blue. These areas are closed to traffic every Sunday and holiday (except for residents carrying proper ID). The web page provides more details about the areas (in French). A neighborhood map (free download) is available for each area as well on their page.

The current Sunday/holiday closures:
Berges de la Seine (Right bank along the Seine) 9 am to 5 pm
Quartier Sentier 10 am to 6 pm and until 7 pm in the summer
Quartier du Marais 10 am to 6 pm and 7:30 pm in the summer
Quartier Mouffetard  10 am to 6 pm all year
Quartier rue des Martyrs 10 am to 2 pm
Quartier avenue Trudaine 2 pm to 6 pm and until 7 pm in the summer
Quartier Canal Saint-Martin 10 am to 6 pm and until 8 pm in the summer
Quartier d’Aligre 10 am to 2 pm
Bois de Vincennes 9 am to 6 pm and until 8 pm in the summer
Quartier rue Daguerre 10 am to 6 pm
Bois de Boulogne 9 am to 6 pm
Quartier rue du Poteau 10 am to 2 pm
Quartier de Montmartre 11 am to 6 pm

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!