Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Paris went to run with Stockholm! .............................. With Hanna of Stockholm Running Tours

Hanna of Stockholm Running Tours and Paris Running Tour
In front of the Kungliga Slottet (the Royal Palace)
8:45 AM - Hanna is one of the two founders of Stockholm Running Tours and proposes making discover the magnificent city of Stockholm by running.

Do you remember when London came to run with Paris ?

This time, it is Paris which decided to run with Stockholm!
A Running Tour, it is really the best way to begin a stay in a city. Thank you Hanna!

Hanna of Stockholm Running Tours and Paris Running Tour -
In the background, the 
Stadshuset of Stockholm (City Hall of Stockholm)

Stockholm is a very beautiful city. Our guide Hanna showed us magnificent buildings, monuments and points of view...

Paris Running Tour in Stockholm - In the background the Kungliga Slottet (The Royal Palace)

In front of the Riksdagshuset (The Parliament House, seat of the parliament of Sweden)

...but also revealed us some of its secret corners:

The Järnpojke (the little boy who looks at the moon), the smallest monument of Stockholm.
The inhabitants often take care of him: small scarf in winter, etc.

The smallest street in Stockholm

If you are in Stockholm, do not hesitate, do a sport visit of Stockholm with 
Stockholm Running Tours !

You will visit a city, click on Go! Running Tours, there is certainly a Running Tour for you.

And of course, if you are in Paris, it is with pleasure that Paris Running Tour will share with you a beautiful stroll by running : )

In front of the Kungliga Dramatiska Teatern (Royal Dramatic Theatre)

Merci Hanna !

The route of the tour:

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Two early morning runs to discover Paris, with Agnes

Agnes - Pont au Change - La Conciergerie
Thursday 3 July 5:55 AM, Saturday 5 July 7:33 AM - Agnes lives in Los Angeles. Among the numerous visits which she foresaw to know Paris, Agnes included two Paris Running Tours, two morning visits to fully enjoy the capital.
Indeed, it is a good means to understand the city landscape, discover numerous sites, to know its history and its architecture but also to apprehend its places, streets and squares in a sport way.

First morning:
A few minutes after the sunrise, a start not far from the Opera. Let us go to see the Eiffel Tower.
Place of Concorde, we begin to see the tower far off:

Agnes - Place de la Concorde - Behind the Obelisk, far off, the Eiffel Tower (notice the preparations for the National Day, on July 14th, with the stands which are going to welcome the government for the parade)

Let us get closer. Place of the Alma, the Eiffel Tower is more and more visible:

Agnes - Place de l'Alma with the Flame of Liberty, an exact replica of the Statue of Liberty's flame and underneath, the famous tunnel of Alma
In the background, the Eiffel tower

Now, let us go to the Esplanade of the Trocadéro, one of the best locations to see the Eiffel Tower:

Agnes - "Esplanade du Trocadéro" - The Eiffel tower, very close!

Look at the landscape visible since the Esplanade, with in the background, on the left, Notre Dame, the Pantheon and the dome of the Invalides:

Let us go towards Notre Dame. After a few kilometers of running, we can see the Cathedral, closer this time, since the bridge of the Carrousel:

Agnes - Bridge if the Carrousel - Far off, on the Island of "La Cité", the Saint-chapel and Notre Dame

Second morning:
Small rain this morning.
Today, we are going to admire Notre Dame and the Pantheon. Let us cross the Bridge of the Arts (with a small "Hello" to the Eiffel Tower, far off):

Agnes - "Pont des Arts" - Far off, the Eiffel tower

We join the Pantheon and greet the great man recently arrived:

Agnes - The Panthéon

The Pantheon in restoration, as we can see it with these scaffolds on the photo, welcomes the exhibition of the artist JR.

We follow our route to finally find the Cathedral "Notre Dame de Paris":

Agnes - Notre Dame - Notice on the ground, the marks which testify of the presence of a street (which existed until the middle of 19th century. Under the feet of Agnes, the mark of a church, Sainte Genevieve des Ardens)

Before finishing our run, we cross another church, the Church Saint Eustache (built from 1532 till 1633):

Agnes - Church Saint Eustache

Funny detail, before the construction of the current church, stood a chapel (built at the beginning of the XIIIth century). This chapel was dedicated to Saint Agnès!

Merci Agnes !

The routes of the tours:

Thursday, July 3, 2014

With Laura, meeting Geneviève, Patroness of Paris and model of resistance

Laura - Notre-Dame
3:53 PM - Laura lives in Oklahoma where she is an active member of a group of runners, Runhers, who promotes a healthy and sports life, notably thanks to the running.

Program of this afternoon: a discovery of the Paris Left bank.

The University of "La Sorbonne":

Laura - University of "la Sorbonne" - "Rue Saint-Jacques"
Discover a sight of Sorbonne and its history in this other article

The "rue du Cardinal Lemoine", where we met the house of the Irish writer James Joyce:

Laura - "71 rue du Cardinal Lemoine"
James Joyce wrote his novel "Ulysses" here.
Not far, one of Ernest Hemingway's houses (remember this article)

The beautiful "Place de la Contrescarpe":

Laura - "Place de la Contrescarpe"

The "Jardin des Plantes"from where we can see the huge skeleton of a whale, behind the windows of the Gallery of Paleontology:

Laura - Gallery of Paleontology and Compared Anatomy of the National Natural History Museum

During our run, in the garden of Luxembourg, we crossed Geneviève, the Patroness of Paris:

Laura - "Sainte Geneviève" (see also this article)

Geneviève, daughter of a Frankish father and a Gallo-Roman mother, would have been a municipal member of the council of Paris.
According to the tradition, Geneviève, in the year 451, would have prevented Attila and his Huns from invading Paris by encouraging its inhabitants to the resistance.

Geneviève, model of courage and endurance for Laura who is successively going to run the Chicago marathon then the one of New York this fall.

Go Laura!

The route of the tour:
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