Hello all! I’m Allison from A Traveling Book. I decided that for my travel themed post I would do a destination post. I reread a favorite book of mine (Anna and the French Kiss) and wrote down all the places that Anna visited in Paris, France. I would really love to visit Paris and follow Anna’s (and Etienne’s) footsteps. I hope you all enjoy!
The Latin Quarter (75005 Paris, France)
“My new neighborhood is the Latin Quarter, or the fifth arrondissement” (19).
I have been to the Latin Quarter and it’s tons of fun! I loved walking around and looking through all the touristy shops. I also tried a crepe here from one of the street vendors and LOVED it.
Saint Etienne du Mont (Place Sainte-Geneviève, 75005 Paris, France)
“An absolute beast of a cathedral. Four thick columns hold up a Gothic façade of imposing statues and rose windows and intricate carvings. A skinny bell tower stretches all the way into the inky blackness of the night sky.” (78).
I haven’t visited this church in real life, but it sounds absolutely beautiful.
St. Michel Street– Boulevard Saint Michel
“In between the rue St. Michael and the rue St. Jacques” (80).
The Seine River
“The River Seine. The lights of the city bob in the ripples of the water” (82).
I got to walk along the Seine on a walking tour in Paris and it was so fun. It’s such a beautiful place to visit. I loved walking along the Seine like Anna did.
“Notre-Dame… the building is like a great ship steaming down river. Massive. Monstrous. Majestic… Mounds of green vines spill down the walls and into the water, completing the fairytale” (82).
OHHH. The Notre-Dame. This place is AMAZING. When I went in high school we visited the church as the first thing we did when we got to Paris and then we later came back for a walking ghost story tour. It was so much fun and I loved seeing the church in the night and during the day.
Point Zero (Parvis Notre-Dame – Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France)
“I’m surprised to find myself standing in the middle of a small stone circle in the center, directly between my feet, is a coppery-bronze octagon with a star. Words are engraved in the stone around it: Point Zero Des Routes De France” (84).
Honestly my trip in Paris would START at Point Zero. What a fun, magical, and exciting place to be. I would love to start my trip with making a wish on Point Zero and wishing for the best. I think this part of Paris is a definite MUST.
The Eiffel Tower
“I have ridden the elevators to the top of La Tour Eiffel” (95).
Paris is most well known for this structure. The Eiffel Tower is a must. It’s one of the top tourist attractions in Paris and it’s a must. When I went to Paris we got to go to the top and it was amazing seeing the whole city of Paris all below you especially at night when the whole city is lit up.
Arc de Triomphe ( Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France)
“I have walked the viewing platform of L’Arc de Triomphe” (95).
A definite must if you visit Paris. Haha. Nothing much to say, but you must visit. It’s one of those tourist things that you just have to do when you’re in Paris.
Cimetière du Pere-Lachaise (16 Rue du Repos, 75020 Paris, France)
“The five of us are traipsing through the Cimetière du Pere-Lachaise, located on a hillside overlooking Paris” (128).
OH, gosh. A cemetery in Paris would be so fun to visit. It’s not on the top of my list of places to visit, but when you’re in Paris… you should see as much as you can! And if Anna and Etienne did it… Haha.
Rue de Ecoles (Rue des Écoles, 75005 Paris, France)
“It’s the man who runs the theater on rue des Ecoles, the little one with the red-and-white lights” (159).
THIS THEATER. It’s Anna’s favorite and I would need to visit. It’s one of the places Anna spent a lot of time in so I would definitely have to visit.
The Panthéon (Place du Panthéon, 75005 Paris, France)
“A pantheon means it’s a place for tombs-of famous people, people important to the nation” (168).
Also a must see if you’re in Paris. Haha.
Shakespeare and Company (37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris, France)
“It starts drizzling, so we pop into a bookshop across from Notre-Dame. The yellow-and-green sign reads Shakespeare and Company.”
I NEED to visit this bookstore if I go to Paris again. It sounds absolutely amazing and looks even more amazing.
Thanks Allison for guest posting!