What if you took advantage of your stay at Montmartre Residence to visit Paris by bike ?
Discover the capital and live an unforgettable experience during which you will be able to discover the Parisian streets in complete safety thanks to its bicycle facilities. We have prepared a bike itinerary for you, ideal to discover the emblematic places and monuments of Paris.
2 hours itinerary "Discovery along the water"
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A) Your itinerary starts at the Centre Pompidou, more commonly known as "Beaubourg".
The Centre Pompidou has one of the most important museum collections in Europe and offers its visitors an ever-changing panorama of modern and contemporary art. Admire the very atypical building of the Centre Pompidou imagined by the architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers. The visual signature of the structure is provided by the escalator, the "caterpillar", thought as a vertical street outside. This building, very controversial at the time, corresponds to the desire of President Pompidou to break with the elitist image of museums and create, in the heart of Paris, an original cultural institution.
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B) Walk down Rue Saint Martin to the Pont Notre Dame and the Ile de la Cité. Continue on Rue de La Cité and admire on your left the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral.
Unfortunately, since the fire of the Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris in April 2019, the building and its surroundings are closed to the public until the end of the security and consolidation of the building. However, you will still be able to contemplate the Cathedral from the small streets of the Ile de la Cité, from the quays and from the various bridges that dot the Seine.
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C) Cross the Petit Pont and turn right on the Quai Saint Michel. You are on the quays of the Seine, spanned by several bridges and footbridges : Pont St Michel, Pont des Arts, Pont du Carrousel, Pont Royal... Excellent spots to take pictures ! Continue along the quay to the Musée d'Orsay.
The history of the Musée d'Orsay is unusual, indeed the building took place in the old Orsay station.
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D) Continue on the Quai Anatole France to join the Quai d'Orsay until you come across, on your left, the Eiffel Tower, that we no longer present to you !
E) The route continues along the Seine, to reach the Pont de Grenelle where you can find the Statute of Liberty.
On the Ile aux Cygnes, this replica of the Statue of Liberty dates from 1885 and was offered to France by the American Committee of Paris to celebrate the centenary of the French Revolution.
F) Take the Pont de Grenelle and turn right on Avenue Du Président Kennedy. When you cross the Iéna bridge on your right, take the time to stop at the Trocadero gardens on your left.
Then take the road back from the Place de Varsovie and continue on the Avenue de New York, in the direction of the Concorde. On your way you will meet on your right the Pont de l'Alma and on your left the Flame of Liberty.
This flame was offered in 1987 by the International Herald Tribune newspaper, during the American bicentennial, to symbolize the friendship between the French and American peoples. It is a life-size reproduction of the torch held by the Statue of Liberty in New York. The flame was transformed in 1997 into a memorial to Princess Diana following her fatal car accident in the Alma Bridge tunnel, located below the monument.
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G) Continue on Cour Albert I and walk past the Pont des Invalides. Continue straight on Cour la Reine, on your right is the Pont Alexandre III, on your left the Grand and Petit Palais. Pedal straight ahead until you cross the Place de la Concorde.
Inaugurated on the occasion of the Universal Exhibition of 1900 and classified as a historical monument, the Alexandre III bridge is one of the most emblematic of the capital, by its architecture and its geographical situation. Its four extremities are composed of monumental pylons of 17 meters high which represent the fame of Arts, Sciences, Commerce and Industry. The Alexandre III bridge connects the Invalides on one side, to the Grand and Petit Palais on the other. The panoramic view that the bridge offers on these buildings, on the Eiffel Tower and on the Seine, make it a very popular place to walk.
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H) Continue on the Quai des Tuileries, on your left is the Jardins des Tuileries, named after the tile factories that stood where Queen Catherine de Medicis had built the palace in 1564. The garden is a place of walk and culture for Parisians and tourists.
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I) Ride along the quays to the famous Louvre Museum where this bike ride ends. Take the opportunity to walk back to the main courtyard to better appreciate the architecture of the building and discover the famous Louvre Pyramid !
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