My favorite way to explore Paris is by foot. It is how I collect images for the print shop. I love walking through Paris because you discover things you wouldn’t normally see otherwise. In the morning, my eye will catch a window as someone opens the shutters and in the evening a café terrace just below. I can walk down the same street at a different time of the day and feel like it is a completely different street.
One of my favorite discoveries while walking through Paris is this “tout est possible” graffiti on the Left Bank. I found it at night while walking just as it was getting dark. I was able to capture it just in time. I went back the next day and it was gone. I still go back looking for that tiny street but I haven’t found it since.
It isn’t uncommon for me to walk 10 miles a day in Paris. I always find a reason to cross the Seine. It is so calming for me and a great place to watch the sunrise and sunset.
I have had my fair share of uncomfortable shoes on the streets of Paris and I feel I have learned my painful lesson. I have also been caught in the rain more times that I care to admit and in the end ruining a few pairs of shoes.
My favorite walking shoes have been the Blondo shoes. For Fall and Winter they were great because they make a variety of ankle and knee high boots. I have 5 pairs and counting! They are waterproof which is so great and I don’t have to worry about getting caught in the rain and ruining a pair of boots. The price point is between $125 - $200.
Sneakers are trendy in Paris and great walking shoes. Leave your athletic sneakers at home and think cute and comfortable at the same time. I love these from Madewell.
Skip the heels and trade them in for ballet flats. Your feet will thank you! I love my blondo flats and the Yosi Samara ones are great. I have walked miles in each of these and they have worked out so well. The Yosi Samara ones are not waterproof but provide a great cushion for walking. Both are under $100.
This is one of the areas I have spent the most time in over the past few years. I love the Marais and I can usually be found here on a Sunday for a stroll. I marked all of my favorite spots down for you. Download and save the map for your next trip to Paris.
Exploring the 1st arrondissement and around the Louvre. You can reach this whole area on foot. Don’t miss Palais Royal and grab a coffee at Café Kitsuné.