Squares

Unfortunately, nothing remains of the Bastille itself. Today, the "Colonne de Juillet" is standing in the middle of the square. The famous prison was destroyed, but the today busy square is the center of a lively area, during daytime as well as night time, with shops of all sorts, art galeries, bars and restaurants and of course the modern Bastille Opera.

Located at the limit between the 17th and the 8th area, not far from the Arc de Triomphe that you can see from there, this Place is charming because of the numerous florist shops grouped in its center. A bit of freshness in this busy but nice area, full of shops, restaurants and business people.

No need to introduce this old and mythic place , dominated by the nice Opera (architect Garnier), just cleaned. It's located at the crossing between busy avenues, full of shops, restaurants and cinemas. It's also a business center. As most of the big squares, it's just spoiled by too much trafic.

First, it's important to know that in French, "Place"is the word for "Square", because you might need to use it, or at least, you'll see it everywhere, and you don't want to be confused, missing precious time in misunderstanding.. The most secluded, and the oldest square of Paris. First called Place Royale, it was built by Henry IV from 1605 to 1612. It was inaugurated on the occasion of Louis XIII and Anne d'Autriche wedding, two years after the assassination of Henry IV. It's a quasi-square …

The most precious. You're not far either from the stations Madeleine, Tuileries or Pyramides, but the best (and easiest) is to walk from Place de l'Opera through Rue de la Paix straight to Place Vendôme, the jewellers square. You can admire the last creations from Boucheron, Van Cleef and Arpels, and so many more. In the middle of the square is a nice column made from the melted guns of the enemy. This is an other of Napoleon's ideas!

The most impressive: Surrounded by great places (Avenue des Champs-Elysées, Jardins des Tuileries, Hôtel Crillon, etc...), it's located in the axis "Arc de Triomphe, Louvre and Arche de la Defense ". In its center is erected the Obelisque, offered by the Egyptians to Napoleon. There are also nice fountains filling that big space, which is nice to see very early morning (when the traffic is low) or at night, with all the monuments, streets and car lights.

Probably the smallest of Paris. So small in fact that you won't find it on any maps. You'll find instead the Rue de Furstemberg, a small street in the midde of which stands quitely and peacefully this little square! A flower shop, a Delacroix museum next to it and it's about all you can find! But it's so cute, quite secluted, with a big tree and a few lamposts, that it's been painted by a few artists.

When you arrive in thit square, you're impressed by the size of the Madeleine Chuch, standing massively in the middle. You can enter the monument, and ask God for a bit of clemency in advance, because you know you're not going to resist the temptation of all the luxury shops surrounding the house of Lord! For the food, you'll find traiteurs like Fauchon, Hédiard, and chocolate shop like Marquise de Sévigné; for the clothes, names like Cerrutti, Ralph Lauren, Kenzo and …

This little square is a real unavoidable touristic attraction, at the top of Montmartre, a few steps away from the Sacred Heart Basilica. Most of the time, it's packed with a curious crowd from all over the world, souvenir shops, and painters (from all over the world as well!) with their material to make a quick portrait, or their naïve paintings of Paris to sell, but there are a few moments in the day where you can catch the place in its bare and romantic atmosphere, like early morning …

The heart of "The Latin quarter", the students area, the Paris of the 1960's! This square is right next to the Place Saint Michel, quite famous as well with its nice fountain, meeting point of a lot of people! It's still the students area, because all the parisians universities are concentrated in the 5th and 6th areas (La Sorbonne is divided in about ten different buildings, the historical ones in these areas, and the more modern ones in others), but it's also a very touristy area, very …

You're facing the Georges Pompidou center, named as well Beaubourg, a masterpiece of modernity, especially for the time it was built, in 1980, where take place a lot of art exhibitions and cultural activities. The atmosphere around here is specific, with street performers, and a mix of all sort of people, students, tourists, parisians of all age, families and, I have to admit, some dodgy caracters also. Les Halles, just nearby, is famous to drag drug dealers. But you shouldn't be affraid, …

This Place is the frontier between two areas of Paris, the 1st and the 4th. It's close to the Seine and surrounded by two beautiful theatres: the Theatre de la Ville, also named Theatre Sarah Bernard, and the Theatre du Châtelet. Their programs include a lot of contemporary dance. In the center of the square stands a foutain with egyptian statues. You're 5 minutes away from the Tour Saint Jacques, the unique and beautiful remains of a church, which has just been restaured. It's a great exemple …

"Etoile" means "star", and if it's the second name of this square (which is round!), it's because of its shape: the Arc de Triomphe in the middle, an uninterrupted flow of vehicules turning around it, and 12 avenues starting from that point and going in all directions, like the lights of a star! But the star of those avenues is the Champs-Elysées of course, that you can walk down after climbing the Arc de Triomphe stairs. And, if after a few purchases in shops and a few rests in …