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Pyramide du Louvre, Paris.

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5 reasons why Paris is cooler than London (5/5)

There we are, arrived at reason number 5 of our list. The last reason of the list but absolutely not the last thing I could think of… the variety.

I did some research and noticed that London has 32 different districts while Paris has ”only” 20. Because of the size you would assume that London would offer more variety. It’s a larger area so, more opportunities to create different neighborhoods, shops and buildings. I didn’t noticed it. Everything looked the same to me. It felt like I had walked across the same street for three days long. I have told you that I haven’t seen half as much as I wanted but still, it missed the excitement of discovering new places in such a big city.

Back to the facts. Paris has 20 districts which are also known in French as ‘arrondissements’. Besides the famous quote of Audrey Hepburn is Paris also known by a quote of King François I ”Paris is not a city, it’s a world”. And it’s more that true because, a world consists different countries, each with their own character, charisma and people. That’s why it looks like you’re traveling through Paris through a teleportation machine. Each district brings something new. Here are 5 examples of 5 different districts of Paris. I can’t pick a favorite!

Let’s start with money, power and wealth at the first district of Paris, Louvre.
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Craft shops, art galleries and also known as the Jewish Quarter. That can only be Le Marais in the 4th (and also 3th) district of Paris Hôtel-de-Ville (and Temple).
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Dance cabarets, sex shops and a great nightlife. Yes, you’re in the 9th district called Opéra at Place Pigalle.

4-December Danielle 2013 vervolg8Painters, vineyards, French history and the feeling of a little village on top of the world. It’s on top of Butte-Montmartre in the 18th district of Paris called Montmartre. 

7-My Little Dream2And last but not least is this street called Rue Mouffetard in the 5th district of Paris called Panthéon.
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You see what I mean? I hope you enjoyed my photo’s and my view of London vs. Paris. Now it’s time to leave London behind and focus on Paris again. The good news is that I have already booked a new trip to Paris. Paris Plage here I come :)

Sweet dreams or a really good morning ♥

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Louvre, Paris

Louvre 1When the sun shines on the Louvre, every photographer runs towards it, including myself. It feels like every shot you take is a good one. Because the whole square is filled with photographers, it’s hard to create an original photo out of such a touristic place. Some people overdo it a bit, but this time are all the credits for my boyfriend. When I was thinking about candy he stole my camera and took this lovely shot of the Louvre and the pyramid. I have to say that I’m a little jealous that I have not made ​​this picture myself ;) Enjoy it!  

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This guy brings photography to another level.

PhotographerWhat a ninja, I almost tripped over him! Great to see how someone is so absorbed in his work. He had knee protectors, headsets and everything! A bit excessive, but who am I to judge ;) I bet his photo’s look amazing. I had to ask for his business card. Too bad I think about that idea a bit too late. Missed opportunity, better luck next time…

Have some sweet Parisian dreams everyone or a really good morning ♥

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Palais-Royale, Paris

Palais Royale 22FYI: Palais-Royal is a former royal palace located in the 1st district of Paris, behind the Louvre and the Tuileries. Nowadays, the French Ministry of Culture, the French Council of State (Conseil d’Etat) and the Constitutional Council can be found in this beautiful building.

Especially at night, it’s a perfect place to shoot some photos! 

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The statues of the Louvre are perfection, Paris

The left lady is my favorite.

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The 20 districts of Paris!

Map of the Arrondissements of Paris from Wikipedia.When a Parisian wants to know where you’re staying in Paris, they always ask for a district, also known as an ‘Arrondissement ‘. So, when you’re visiting Paris, make sure you know in which district you’re staying. Paris is big, and the 20 districts make it well-organized for everyone.

Since January the 1st in 1860, Paris has 20 Arrondissements. Previously there were ”only” 12 Arrondissements in Paris. The earlier districts were joined with the new parts of Paris, like the 18th district of Paris, Montmartre.

The 20 districts in Paris, all have their own city hall (in French also known as Hôtel-de-Ville) and a city ​​council to keep Paris in a good balance. Across all 20 districts, Paris has 350 police offices! Each district is further divided into, mostly 4, neighborhoods (in French also known as Quartiers). Popular Quartiers are for example: Quartier Latin, Quartier des Champs-Élysées and Quartier Saint-Germain-l’Auxerrois.

If you are interested in all the names of the 20 Arrondissements of Paris, well here they are! I’ll try to take a closer look on a different district once a week.

1st Arrontissement of Paris  –  Louvre
2th Arrondissement of Paris – Bourse
3th Arrondissement of Paris – Temple
4th Arrondissement of Paris – Hôtel-de-Ville 
5th Arrondissement of Paris – Phantéon 
6th Arrondissement of Paris – Luxembourg 
7th Arrondissement of Paris – Palais-Bourbon
8th Arrondissement of Paris – Élysée
9th Arrondissement of Paris – Opéra
10th Arrondissement of Paris – Enclos-St.Laurent 
11th Arrondissement of Paris – Popincourt 
12th Arrondissement of Paris – Reuilly 
13th Arrondissement of Paris – Gobelins
14th Arrondissement of Paris – Observatoire
15th Arrondissement of Paris – Vaugirard 
16th Arrondissement of Paris – Passy
17th Arrondissement of Paris – Batignolles-Monceau
18th Arrondissement of Paris – Butte-Montmartre 
19th Arrondissement of Paris – Buttes-Chaumont
20th Arrondissement of Paris – Ménilmontant