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What to Do in Paris on Sundays

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Thursday, 6 February 2014

What to Do in Paris on Sundays

The sun finally came out in Paris on Sunday, which was perfect because my mum was visiting. We had a lovely day so I thought I would do a post on what to do in Paris on a Sunday.

Go for a morning stroll – It doesn’t necessarily matter where as long as the sun is shining. From my flat in the third arrondissement, we walked up to République and along to Canal Saint Martin where we stopped at Chez Prune for a hot drink. Then we wandered along the Canal, watched a boat pass through the various locks and just generally soaked up the peaceful and beautiful surroundings. Canal Saint Martin is great because it is not swarming with tourists. Other great places for a morning stroll include: Montmartre, the Marais, Ile Saint Louis and anywhere along the Seine.

S’il y a du soleil, une balade du matin à Paris est magnifique n’importe où ! On a promené de chez moi dans le troisième à République et Canal Saint Martin où on a pris une boisson chaude à Chez Prune. Puis on a marché le long du Canal, regardé pendant qu’un bateau passe par des écluses et apprécié le beau quartier tranquille. Le Canal Saint Martin est génial parce qu’il ne grouille pas de touristes. D’autres quartiers supers pour une balade du matin inclus : Montmartre, Le Marais, Ile Saint Louis et n’importe où à côté de la Seine. 

Eat brunch – This means something quite different to what it does in England. In France brunch is a multi-course meal starting with breakfast type foods, then lunch and dessert. On this Sunday we actually went for an untraditional brunch at bio cantine Soya. It was a vegetarian buffet consisting of salads, falafel, hummus, lasagne, rice and curries followed by mini cakes and brownies. Of course I ate too much and was so excited about the food that I forgot to take any photos until after I had eaten!

Le brunch en France est assez différent que le brunch en Angleterre. En France, le brunch consiste de plusieurs plats : on commence avec le petit déjeuner, puis on mange le déjeuner et le dessert. En fait, ce dimanche on est allé pour un brunch peu conventionnel à une cantine bio qui s’appelle Soya. C’était un buffet végétarien qui consistait des salades, du fallafel, d’houmous, de la lasagne, du riz et des curries et il y avait des minis gâteaux et brownies pour dessert. Bien sûr, j’ai trop mangé et j’étais si impatiente de manger que j’ai oublié de prendre des photos jusqu'après j’avais déjà mangé ! 

Visit a museum – A great activity for any Sunday but especially on the first Sunday of the month when many museums are free. As it was such a lovely day, we went to the Arc de Triomphe, which is the best vantage point in Paris in my opinion. From there we wandered down the Champs-Elysées and headed for the Panthéon to make the most of the free museums Sunday.

Une activité parfaite pour un dimanche, surtout le premier dimanche du mois quand l’entrée dans beaucoup de musées est gratuite. Car il faisait si beau, on est allé à l’Arc de Triomphe, qui offre le meilleur vu de Paris pour moi. Ensuite, on a promené sur l’Avenue des Champs-Elysées avant d’aller à Panthéon pour bien profiter des musées gratuits.

Enjoy a city park – Paris is absolutely full of amazing parks. We strolled through the Jardin des Tuileries where you could really tell that Sunday in Paris is family day. Other great parks include Jardin du Luxembourg, Jardin des Plantes and my personal favourite, Parc des Buttes Chaumont. If you fancy getting out of Paris, there is also Bois de Vincennes and Bois de Boulogne on the east and west edges of the city respectively, which are lovely for a Sunday walk.

Paris est une ville plein des parcs incroyable. On s’est baladé dans le Jardin des Tuileries où on pourrait vraiment voir qu’à Paris, le dimanche est réservé à la famille. Le Jardin du Luxembourg, le Jardin des Pantes et le Parc des Buttes Chaumont (mon parc favoris) sont d’autres parcs géniaux ! De plus, si on voudrait sortir des murs de Paris, le Bois de Vincennes et le Bois de Boulogne sont magnifiques pour une balade de dimanche. 

Izzie x

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