Last Updated on June 8, 2023 by Tamara Bee

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Paris Travel Guide: Get Off The Beaten Path (Part I)

Every Paris travel guide appears to have something to contribute to the already extensive information available on such widely known spots as the Louvre and  d’Orsay museums, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Eiffel Tower.

Yet what about off the beaten path places in Paris? Like finding the quaint areas of the 19th century Paris? Or visiting the inn developed for the poor people by Nicholas Flamel in the 15th century (yes, that’s the very same Nicholas Flamel discussed in Harry Potter)?

In my reckoning, there’s an absolutely interesting way of discovering Paris, which is to take the much less touristy path aka my Off The Beaten Path in Paris (Paris Tour Guide). It’s the one I take  when I go to the beautiful French capitol city.

Let’s assume you are as eager as I am to find out something new concerning Paris, as well as taking a peek at simply 2 of its less-well-known jewels. The next time you take a trip to Paris, you’ll be the one leading the way and know what to do in Paris that is off the beaten path!

What To Do In Paris?

The Lutice Arena, Paris
The Lutece Arena

The Lutece Arena, a blast from the past.

Before Paris ended up being Paris, the city was the funding of the area inhabited by the Parisii, the Gallic tribe after which Paris will certainly take its name in the 4th century A.D. There is some debate concerning the initial Celtic name of the city, yet when the Romans invaded it in 52 B.C. under Emperor Julius Caesar, they called it Lutecia (or Lutetia).

In the 2nd century A.D., the Romans constructed in its middle an amphitheater of concerning 25,000 square feet, which could hold about 16,000 spectators. Throughout the next century, gladiator fights and other less tasty games (e.g. using early Christians for lunch to beasts of prey) were held for the benefit of the regional Roman populace.

With the loss of the Roman Empire, such video games became much less popular, and also as Christianity ended up being the State faith, man-eating events discontinued to be held completely.

The arena was knocked down during the barbarian intrusions of 280 A.D., and the site later on became a burial ground. In the late 12th century, the damages were buried under a large barricade built to protect Paris. They stayed failed to remember until 1869 when they were uncovered to the best shock of all chroniclers.

At the time, the City Council determined Paris did not have the funds required to excavate as well as preserve the antique exploration, and also the advancement task which had removed the ruins was green-lighted.

Later, in 1883, the site was repurchased and also fixed up under the assistance of French writer Victor Hugo (writer of ‘Les Miserables’). A more restoration project started in 1916 which unearthed the site entirely. Vicious attempts at taking control of the site and also ruining it by unashamed, greedy, low-life real-estate programmers were combated by the local occupants in 1980.

How do you see this ancient location which still stays isn’t on most Paris Travel Guides?

Go on your own via Google maps, take the metro to the ‘Monge’ terminal, and walk to No. 47 Rue Monge. Enter the corridor, walk along the hallway as well as there you are! Right on the sandy ground of the sector where ghosts of vicious lions still stroll in search for a human victim!

A guaranteed, amazing leap in the past, almost 2,000 years ago!

The Des Jardins De Plantes and their Alpine Gardens.

Des Jardins Des Plantes

Now on to one more amazing destinations from my Paris travel guide & get off the beaten path in Paris, which I’m sure will please the interest of my plant-loving readers/friends.

In 1640 A.D., under the power of King Louis the 14th (the same king that presided over the advancement of the Versailles Palace), the Royal Garden of Medicinal Herbs opened its doors ‘to the public and also trainees’. The task had actually been green-lighted in 1626 by King Louis the 13th.

The Jardin des Plantes (Botanical Gardens), as it has been called since the French change, is actually a collection of private gardens– each with a strange beauty as well as details plants. It houses numerous old structures, consisting of the Botanical School as well as the Magny Mansion (integrated in 1650). The Botanical Gardens are a big site with a total area of regarding 2,600,000 square feet.

Each of the specific gardens is distinct and deserves your attention for each one is home to particular species of flowers, vegetables, trees, and medicinal plants. On the Botanical School’s story alone some 4,500 plants are expanded. The Rose Garden (La Roseraie) counts some 170 varieties of roses!

rose garden in Paris

Amongst these elegances, the Alpine Garden shines out. Between the Otter Basin and the Cuvier alley (Cuvier was a renowned French botanist), a 40,000 square foot parcel was defined in 1931 for the growing of a variety of hill plant species.

Today, the garden enthusiasts of the Alpine Garden have a tendency to the health and wellness of plants originating from areas as diverse as the United States, China, Japan, the Balkans, Morocco, the Caucasian hills, Spain, and also the Himalaya Mountains! An overall of some 2,000 varieties to care for.

Amongst the characteristics of the Alpine Garden is its 18th century Pistachio tree. The Botanical Gardens residence a number of historic trees: the oldest one was straight imported from the Eastern United States and also planted below in 1636 (an acacia). Among other old trees, you can likewise admire a Lebanese cedar, which was brought back to France in 1734.

A check out to the Botanical Gardens as well as its Alpine Gardens is an entire afternoon affair. Ten minutes right into the location and also its quietness will certainly make you unconcerned of the hustle-bustle of the city. You will come out of your stroll definitely ravished, marveling at the job the garden enthusiasts do to preserve this privileged setting in full bloom.

Just how do you gain access to this temple of Mother Nature?

Take the metro to the ‘Gare d’Austerlitz’ terminal. Stroll to the Austerlitz Bridge (Pont d’Austerlitz) and also you will find yourself on a semi-circular plaza (Place Valhubert). The entryway to the Botanical Gardens is here. It is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. if you would like to book a tour of the gardens or wondering what to do in Paris just click here.

And on Hemingway’s words, I leave you till Part II of this collection of “Paris Tour Guide : Off The Beaten Path”.

If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a boy, then anywhere you choose the remainder of your life it sticks with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”— Ernest Hemingway.

Listen To My Paris Podcast Episode

If you can’t wait till part 2 of my “Off the Beaten Path in Paris (Paris Travel Guide)” then listen (or watch) my podcast/vlog episode of my 1st time in beautiful Paris and the beginning of my 30K mile overland backpacking trip from Paris to Cape Town! I actually got locked in the Pere Lachaisse while visiting Jim Morrisson’s (The Doors) grave! Check it out here for more of my Paris travel guide highlights!

What other places should I add that are off the beaten path in Paris? Let me know so I can add them to part 2 of “Off The Beaten Path in Paris (Travel Guide)”. Leave your comments below.

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