Paris is one of Europe's most popular capital cities, and whilst it is easy to get around on the metro, much more pleasure can be gained by walking. The city centre is small so you can walk from one attraction to another and enjoy the wide boulevards, the river banks, and the many parks.
There are options for more vigorous hiking and running in the Bois de Boulogne to the west and the Bois de Vincennes to the east, both easily reached by metro.
The Promenade Plantée is an unusual and attractive walking route, rising up along a former railway line to give views over the streets near the Gare de Lyon. Another unusual feature in the summer months is the Paris Plage, where a stretch of the Right Bank of the Seine is converted into a city-centre leisure space for walking, sunbathing, swimming and having fun.
Among the most attractive parks for walkers are the Jardin de Luxembourg and the Jardin des Plantes, both in the southern part of Paris. To the north is Montmartre, rising up to the famous landmark of the Sacré Coeur, second only to the Eiffel Tower as a symbol of Paris.
See also this story about a fascinating walk around one of the suburbs of Paris, from the New York Times of 27 February 2005, by Elaine Sciolino. She says: "This half-mile street, mostly uphill, is the spine of a neighborhood that offers magic in a compressed time and space." Must be worth a look next time you're in the city.
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