Paris in the Springtime, 2001
Printable Maps of Paris
by Rick Swallow
Street maps of Paris are free at many locations in Paris such as the Tourist Information Bureau in the Louvre, CityRama bus tours, etc.
Any reputable travel shop in the US will have Michelin Maps, and their Paris street map is excellent though quite large. I hang one on the
wall while in Paris.
I have chosen to put the maps on this separate page because they are large files and I didn't want to slow down the loading of the weekly
pages. I can't speak for you poor PC users whose computers are simply not equipped to deal with images as the Mac is, but you Mac
users can simply slide the Netscape page (You are using Netscape, a far superior browser than Internet Explorer, aren't you?) to one side
a little, grab, drag and drop any of the maps you want to print out onto your desktop. A .jpg image will appear there. Just grab it and drop it
back on the Netscape browser and Voila! The only thing on the page is the image you dropped there and you can now print it!
First, a couple of geography tidbits about Paris. The city is quite ancient, having
been visited by Julius Caesar in 53 B.C., though then known as "Lutetia." Oops,
sorry. That was history.
The picture here is of the 20 arrondissements of Paris. They are like districts
and the snail-like spiral was laid out by Baron Haussmann at the direction of
Napoleon III. Street signs, which typically are mounted high on the sides of
buildings, frequently have "arrt.4" or "arrt.8" etc., on them to let you know where
you are, because any one street may change its name literally from block to
The Seine flows East to West ultimately emptying into the "English Channel" at
La Havre. Given that, here's a little river/nautical information. A River's banks are
named while facing downstream, labelled River Left and River Right. The
famous "Left Bank" or "Rive Gauche" of Paris is, then--yep, you guessed it--at the
bottom or south side of this map or on your left as you float merrily downstream
through Paris on the Seine.. We have then, Rive Gauche and Rive Droite.
Note the two islands which split the flow of the Seine through the city. The left (and largest) island, Île de la Cité upon which Notre-Dame
is located, contains a brass plaque in the pavement outside the West door which is called kilomètre zéroand marks the spot from which
all distances in France are measured. The island is almost split evenly between the 1st and 4th arr. The second and quite smaller island
is the Île St Louis and it is completely within the 4th arr.
On this first map, I have indicated my flat. Roman Numerals depict the following:
I. The Louvre with it's long grey/green arms (on the map) pointing WNW.
II. The Musée D'Orsay, once a Gare (railway station)
III. The Jardin des Tuileries
IV. Place de la Concorde
V. Hôtel des Invalides, and the small black "+" just to the right is Musée Rodin and the infamous "Thinker"
VI. Champs Êlysée
VII. Arc de Triomphe
VIII. Place du Trocadero
IX. Grand Palais
X. Petit Palais
Eiffel Tower. Leaves its own mark. From IV (Concorde) to VII (Arc de Triomphe) is 1.1 miles.
This second map shows a window slight to the right exposing the Île de la Cité and Île St Louis in the Seine and the Latin Quarter
(5th and 6th Arrondissements). Labelled with Roman Numberals are:
I. Notre-Dame on Île de la Cité
II. Île St Louis
III. The Palace of Luxembourg
IV. The Pantheon
V. Grand Palais
VI. Petit Palais
VII. Tour Montparnasse
I've provided the map below only to show the high-speed highway, the Peripherique, which more-or-less defines what is, and what is not, in Paris.
It's the best shot of my Michelin Map that I took. You can see the outline of the Peripherique plainly.
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