Friday, April 22, 2011

Paris Arts and Cultural News: the Impressionists at the Hôtel de Ville in Paris

Exhibition: the Impressionists at the Hôtel de Ville in Paris
A particularly pleasant April to run in Paris... Take advantage of it, early in the morning to appreciate the beautiful light which is going to invade the city and also a little of the remaining night-freshness.
New exhibitions bloom almost everywhere in the city. Do not miss "Paris in the time of the Impressionists", free exhibition in the City hall of Paris ("Hôtel de Ville").
Numerous masterpieces of the Musée d'Orsay are grouped there under the theme of Paris in the period of the impressionists. These painters accompanied the deep changes of Paris in the 19th century. You will discover there how the city, its streets, the architecture of its buildings were completely transformed.
We recommend you this exhibition, it lasts until July 30th, 2011.

And why not complete your cultural visits by a sports route of the city with Paris Running Tour and to take advantage "dynamically" of our comments on Paris, its history and its culture?

Friday, April 15, 2011

To close a working stay in Paris, a Running tour!

Running Place Vendôme
9h43 - In this month of April, an important international company had an executive management meeting a few days in Paris. At the end of the working stay, a day of relaxation was dedicated to the visit of the capital. A sports tour of Paris was organized: there is nothing like running to fully relax. We, Vincent, Frédéric and Jean-Charles, accompanied the group of runners for a tour following the right and the left banks of the Seine, passing by the place Vendôme, the Tuileries, the Champs Elysées, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Opera Garnier.
Thanks to them!
In front of the Eiffel tower
The Eiffel tower: Did you know it? From the beginning of the Eiffel Tower, five hydraulic elevators transported the visitors. In this time, for such a height and of such weights, it was a real technical exploit. For a long time, these elevators were driven by a pilot who was outside of the cabin. He bore the cold or the heat according to the seasons... A life-size reproduction of this pilot is on one of the elevators. Try to see him through the window of the elevator:
Elevator pilot!
The route of the tour :

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Paris Competitions News: Paris Marathon!

Marathon de Paris - Start
Sunday, April,10th. 8h45.
35th Paris Marathon*. A very pleasant day of April with a big sun and, no doubt, a too warm weather for the 32 000 marathon runners left for this big crossing of Paris.
But also, a big enjoyment for the photographers who took advantage of the beautiful light which flooded Paris this morning.
To be able to relive the race (quietly), here are some photo albums of the event:
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and also some videos:
If you want to compete in Paris and if you book a tour with us, tell us and we can show you the route and help you to prepare the competition (the Paris marathon, for example). An advice on these races? Ask us! We can also help you to register. The web sites are often in French (but we can help you if you ask). Of course, if you do not want to compete in Paris and want to fully enjoy sight jogging, we are there for you. We love competition, running, but above all Paris!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Under the Arc du Carousel with Kristy

Arc du Carousel - Kristy
8:01 AM - Kristy, from Atlanta (USA), one week after running the half-marathon of Georgia, and having fully recover from the race, chose to do a sporting visit of Paris with Paris Running Tour. We explored "l'Ile de la Cité", the right bank going through "le Louvre", "les Tuileries" and the "Champs Elysées", then we rejoined the left bank to run under the arches of the Eiffel tower, we crossed "les Invalides" and went along the river Seine to finish in the Quartier Latin.
During the visit, as the armies of Napoléon, we "triumphantly" went through the "Arc du Carousel"!
Merci Kristy*!
The "Arc du Carousel":
After his victory in Austerlitz, Napoléon declared to his troops : "I will bring you back to France. You will pass through arches of triumph on your way to your homes!". Therefore were constructed the "Arc du Carousel" at the Tuileries and the majestic Arc de Triomphe at place de l'Etoile.
130 years before, Louis XIV ordered the construction of the Arcs of "la Porte Saint-Martin" and of "la Porte Saint-Denis" in the North of Paris.

Un jour de revue sous l'Empire. Hippolyte Bellangé 1862. Musée du Louvre. © Photo RMN - F. Raux
On this picture, in the background, behind the Arc du Carousel, we can see the "Palais des Tuileries", which closed the Louvre by the west side. The palace was burnt during the events of "La Commune" in 1871.

See Kristy's blog about running and healthy food, a good choice for life!

The route of the tour:

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