I was over in Paris for a business meeting, and as I was arriving on the Eurostar on the Wednesday afternoon for the meeting on the Thursday morning I decided to walk from Gare du Nord to my hotel in the 17th arrondissement. It seemed like a very good idea, but I had picked a hot evening with the sun still out throughtout my walk, and I did manage to build up something of a sweat doing it !
I came out of Gare du Nord at the taxi rank, turned left and then took a right on to Rue de Dunkerque, which I followed into the 9th arrondissement and up to Boulevard de Rochechouart, spotting La Basilique du Sacre Coeur de Montmartre through the buildings
as I turn left and walk through Montmartre on a line between the 9th arrondissement and the 18th arrondissement. This took me across Place Pigalle, past the Moulin Rouge
to Boulevard de Clichy, then down the Rue de Bruxelles, around the Place Adolphe Max and past the Square Hector Berlioz, which has a statue of Berlioz among playground equipment,
before going past a hotel with a plaque commemorating a stay from Emile Zola.
I came out on the Rue De Clichy and off to my right spotted a statue I wanted to get a better look at, and it was on my route, so I walked up to the Place de Clichy and the statue, which is dedicated to the defence of Paris in 1814 by the Marechal de Moncey. The six metre tall bronze statue, by Amedee Doublemard, stands on an eight foot tall pedestal, is truly stunning and, for me, very typical of the nationalism of Paris, which I admire.
The Place de Clichy is also one of the very few points in Paris where four arrondissements meet, with the 8th, 9th, 17th and 18th meeting here. I continued along Boulevard des Batignolles, and turned right into Rue des Batignolles to find the church of Saint-Marie des Batignolles at the end, which was so beautiful inside that I stayed there for some time.
I eventually came out of the church and turned left to go up Rue Legendre to find the Art Hotel Batignolles on the right.
I was very hot but it had been well worth it for all the sites I had seen.
You can see more of my photos from the walk here.