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On a rainy afternoon, in Paris, you can go and check out exhibitions in museums and art galleries, go to the movies, sit comfortably and read a book in a cafe or enjoy any of so many other indoors activities.
But, if, like me, you'd rather go for a walk, you could do worse than go and explore the many covered streets in central Paris, known as passages. That is exactly what I did on Thursday. I made lots of photographs along the way and Google used some of them to automagically create this video. The other photos, you can see in the story I have highlighted on my Instagram page, over at https://instagram.com/photowalkparis
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Coudn't have said it better.
+Mee Ming Wong knows what the Photowalk Paris experience is like and describes it beautifully. Until next time, Mee Ming!
Paris Love

It takes a moment to fall in love with Paris but it takes a longer time to figure out why?

Despite the intoxicating encroachment of modernity, Paris remains a place of unique historical beauty for the past two thousand years, more enduring than any other capital city in the world.

Paris has a beauty that is permanent, obvious for all to enjoy at a glance but the magic of Paris are the fleeting, ephemeral events of the everyday. The vibrancy is of the life there, where on any given day, simultaneously there are concerts, festivals, art exhibitions, films and culinary concertos, to name a few.

Paris is a city for walking, for the simple pleasure of walking, perfectly expressed by the French verb “flâner “ to stroll and saunter, stopping often to look, s'arrêtant souvent pour regarder.

Many streets are crowded with people, walking, hurrying somewhere. The flâneur never walks to go somewhere and never in a hurry; because he knows that walking towards nowhere in particular will always lead him somewhere. Paris is a city of discovery, the beauty of hidden corners that many pass by unnoticed.

For the few who still walk, just to walk, it is the best way to see Paris.

Seeing Paris in a short time is seeing the attractive cover of a book, taking the time in Paris is reading the beautiful story. You can judge Paris by its cover but the story is so much more enchanting.

That is Paris’ way, to turn nothings into somethings, and fill a void we all have, the richness of living fully.


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A few months ago, we were sharing photographs of what a walk from Parc de Belleville (North-eastern Paris) to Place de la Bastille (much more central) could look like:
https://plus.google.com/+PhotowalkParis/posts/b4dZwoTfiFM

Here is a similar take on that idea, but in video this time. And shorter, though not necessarily because it was a fair bit colder ;)
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLuNj4qJHfdukUuZhCogeFjMo6R9yYqZKI

Photographs and video by +Thomas Paris.
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There's more to life than just walking and that's why I tend to make stops in comfy places, such as the ones +Mee Ming Wong will show you in this video.

Ping me (+Thomas Paris) if you'd like me to show you some of these.
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Beaubourg to Bon Marché (Le)

It was very hot but that won't stop us, will it? This time, it was a walk from Centre George Pompidou (the famous contemporary art museum) to Le Bon Marché department store and its glass and metal architecture. And lots of beautiful things in between the two ;)

Photography by +Thomas Paris
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P2P

Another sunny day and a longer walk through Paris. This time, from Pyrénées (metro station) to Printemps (department store), taking the scenic route.

Photography by +Thomas Paris
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B2B : Belleville to Bastille

About two and a half hours, this time. A couple of public gardens, a cemetery, quite a few churches and many bars and restaurants. Sounds like a plan?

Photography by +Thomas Paris
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Another sunny day, another walk through Paris. This one was a bit shorter, only about an hour, as I had a photo event planned in the afternoon. But this walk could easily be expanded further North. I'll probably do another walk starting from Opéra Garnier at some point, to show one such option.

Photographs by +Thomas Paris
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Not quite two and a half hours from Buttes Chaumont to Butte Montmartre (the latter famous for Sacré Cœur Basilica). Paris really is a very walkable city.

Photos by +Thomas Paris
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Even on a cloudy day, Paris is beautiful.
Here's an example, walking from Belleville (north east) to Les Halles (centre). In just a couple of hours, many different ambiances, lots of beautiful buildings and plenty of places to stop for a drink or a meal.

Photos by +Thomas Paris
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