Paris intrigues me with its beauty but more than anything else, I love discovering the layers of generations of lives and events of Paris. Wandering the streets of this venerable city, you walk past so many painted doors. I’m fascinated by these portals into the place where Parisians live and work.
We decided to stay in a different area on our recent trip. I love the Latin Quarter, and it was difficult to choose not to base ourselves there, but it turned out for good. I explored streets new to me in the 7th arrondissement, near the Rodin Museum and the Invalides where Napoleon is buried. The Eiffel Tower decorates the distant view from here. It’s a central location to visit these sites plus so many others. We walked “home” from the Louvre one day and it wasn’t too far at all. So here’s a collection of some of the doors of this area—so varied yet each opening to possibilities and personalities and Paris life. When lights shine out onto the street, they seem to be beckoning you to come inside.
How about you? Do you have a favorite place to wander and take in the local life?
We stayed at the Hotel Varenne for a very reasonable price. It’s elegant and cozy and includes a full breakfast. You enter through a peaceful courtyard garden. I would highly recommend this hotel!
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