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French newsstand on Rue Linois

First Sight of Paris

Walking out the door of the Cinéma Gaumont Pathé Beaugrenelle on Rue Linois, your pleasant walking tour of Paris officially begins.

Across the street Rue Linois, you’ll see a typical French newsstand.

French newsstand on Rue Linois
French newsstand on Rue Linois

Walking along Rue Linois towards the West, you’ll find a Vélib’ bicycle sharing station on your right and a Morris column (Colonne Morris), a cylindrical advertising column beside the Vélib’ station.

First Sight of the Eiffel Tower

If you haven’t yet seen the Eiffel Tower, then this moment will be your very first glance, pleasantly surprising. The Eiffel Tower is in the background behind the bicycle station.

A Vélib' bicycle sharing station on Rue Linois
A Vélib’ bicycle sharing station on Rue Linois with a Paris advertising column or Morris column on its right and the Eiffel Tower in the background

First Sight of the Seine

Continuing walking, you’ll see the long and wide Pont de Grenelle bridge across the River Seine.

Pont de Grenelle bridge across the River Seine
Pont de Grenelle bridge across the River Seine

Front-de-Seine2014 001” by Martin GreslouOwn work. Licence under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see and appreciate Pont de Grenelle at night.

Pont de Grenelle, Paris illuminated at night in gold against a deep blue sky
Pont de Grenelle, Paris illuminated at night in gold against a deep blue sky

Keep walking on Pont de Grenelle towards the West. The Eiffel Tower is always on your right, smiling at you; even an ordinary Métro looks extraordinary in front of the Eiffel Tower.

Paris Métro RER with the Eiffel Tower in the background
Paris Métro RER with the Eiffel Tower in the background

Replica of the Statue of Liberty

While strolling on Pont de Grenelle, you won’t miss a replica of the Statue of Liberty.

Side view of a replica of the Statue of Liberty against a deep blue sky
Side view of a replica of the Statue of Liberty against a deep blue sky

See Also: Copy of the Original Scale Model of Statue of Liberty

You have seen the Eiffel Tower—from afar; you are probably looking forward to approaching it. There are a couple of walking routes you can take towards the Tower while appreciating the scenery along the way.

Eiffel Tower Map
Eiffel Tower Map

Walk to the Eiffel Tower via Quai de Grenelle

The most direct shortcut is the Quai de Grenelle along the South Bank of the Seine towards the North. This route will fit you if you just want a quick glance and to enjoy the feeling of walking Paris streets.

A typical Paris street with buildings shining at sunset and the Eiffel Tower in the background
A typical Paris street with buildings shining at sunset and the Eiffel Tower in the background

Walk to the Eiffel Tower via Voie Georges Pompidou

You can also cross Pont de Grenelle to the North Side of the Seine and walk along Voie Georges Pompidou towards the Eiffel Tower. People always say that the North Bank is better, but you’ll have to see for yourself. This route is loved by photographers since you can film the Eiffel Tower from varied angles from afar—Distance creates beauty.

Walk to the Eiffel Tower via Île aux Cygnes

There’s a special island, Île aux Cygnes, in the middle of the Seine that separates the 15th and 16th arrondissements of Paris and goes from Pont de Grenelle to Pont de Bir-Hakeim close to the Eiffel Tower. On the island there’s a tree-lined promenade l’Allée des Cygnes. If you don’t care about the busy Paris streets and just want to relax while feeling Paris in its green, tranquility and fresh air, this is the perfect route. There’s also Pont de Rouelle in the middle that offers alternative connections to the Paris streets.

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P1040964 Paris XV île aux Cygnes rwk” by MbztOwn work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Walk to the Eiffel Tower via Beaugrenelle quartier

Then there’s a path starting anywhere inside the Beaugrenelle Quartier and you can just walk North towards the Eiffel Tower. That’s when you get to feel really close to French culture, experience the off the beaten track, and find charming surprises.

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Min Min

There are different kinds of artists. Some are more focused and others are more all-encompassing. I would count myself as the art-everywhere type of artist. To me, art is a way of looking at things, of applying creativity in my life.

I am a frequent traveler who truly appreciates every tiny beauty of life and have traveled extensively around the world. Different cities inspire me in different ways.

My passion is Paris which I have visited more than once, living as a Parisian. I have walked big streets and small alleys in Paris, and every inch of the city has given me inspiration.

When I first arrived in Paris it was as though all my senses were heightened, then as I became familiar with the city I learned to see subtleties that I missed at first.

4 thoughts on “First Sight of Paris”

  1. Thanks for those tips 🙂

    I have never used this route before, I will definitely try it.

    You can actually feel the temptation of approaching to the Tower as it pops up bigger and bigger with every picture and paragraph.

    I adore apparent disproportion of the tower to buildings, street and cars in 7th picture – it looks like someone added it there manually out of fun, and yet that is how it actually looks like for real 🙂

  2. Better have good running/walking shoes as the distance can be pretty challenging. And a bottle of water.
    But what a reward in every street corners.
    Thank you for all those indications.

  3. Thanks for this post! It is very informative and I’m quite sure that it will be very helpful. Going to Paris for the first time might be kind of frightening because you will have in front of you a new country which distribution and population are unknown to you. But with this post you will have a route to follow and have a great first day in Paris.

  4. As I can recall the first day, I arrived in Paris I was in an absolute dreamy-like state. I just wanted to gobble up everything I saw, sensed and smelled. Blissfulness. Since I had very little time I didn’t have the chance to take the route you mentioned above and it’s sure wonderful that you took the time to provide such insightful tips for experiencing Paris on foot.
    Thank you.

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