Bourges – A Pretty French Provincial Backwater

"Cathedral St Etienne Bourges"

Hiking Holidays in France Neglected but Pretty French Provincial Backwater France is one of the most visited countries in the world, but there are many French regions that certainly do not feel that way. The truth is that the flow of visitors to France is very unevenly distributed – like the rain in Spain, say, or wealth in the US.

While Paris and much of coastal France are positively soaked, the appropriately named

Bourges – A Pretty French Provincial Backwater

The Flooded Marais de Bourges

Marais de Bourgues near Paris

Easy Hiking in France Marais de Bourges The Marais de Bourges is a unique landscape: 135 hectares of marshland, criss-crossed by a dense network of footpaths, and all that in spitting distance to the centre of one of France’s oldest cities.

We had been eager to explore this area for quite some time and were naturally disappointed on being told at the Bourges tourism office that a walk would be

The Flooded Marais de Bourges

The Importance of Being Hemingway

"Fitzgerald and Hemingway"

Being Hemingway

This is a postscript to last week’s Hemingway walk in Paris. It also doubles up, incidentally, as our St Valentine’s Day post. After all, it does involve a story of two people who disappeared in the toilet for some private business. Even though they were both men. And even though only one of them actually let his trousers down.

Intrigued? I thought so. Okay then, here goes.

Two Men

The Importance of Being Hemingway

Themed Paris Urban Walk – Hemingway’s Latin Quarter

"Jardin de Luxembourg Paris"

Paris Urban Walk III – A Hemingway Walk

 

The first two episodes in this short series of Paris walks took their cues from paintings and historic photos. This Paris urban walk shall be guided by words. Hemingway’s Moveable Feast

I would like to invite you to follow me on a literary walk through the Paris of Ernest Hemingway – or rather: the small corner of it that he describes

Themed Paris Urban Walk – Hemingway’s Latin Quarter

Themed Paris Urban Walk – The Belleville of Edith Piaf

"Garden stairway of Belleville Pari"

Paris Urban Walk II – An Edith Piaf Walk The Poetry of Poverty Having invited you for a Paris urban walk through some of the picture-prettiest parts of Paris the last time around, today Easy Hiker will take you away from the sunny side of the street.

“All cities are beautiful but their beauty is grim”, says the American poet Christopher Morley. But some cities as well as some neighbourhoods are certainly

Themed Paris Urban Walk – The Belleville of Edith Piaf

Themed Paris Urban Walk – The Artists of Montmartre

"themed urban Paris walk in Montmartre"

Paris Urban Walk I Walking Paris – The Artists of Montmartre

The Parisian district of Montmartre has a unique position in art history. During one relatively short period in the late 19th and early 20th century, altogether not much longer than 20 years, nearly all the greatest painters of their time lived and painted here.

Hundreds of world-famous works of art were created in the process – in what is, by

Themed Paris Urban Walk – The Artists of Montmartre

Themed Urban Walks in Paris

"street in Montmartre"

Urban Walking in Paris Let’s do Some Themed Urban Walks in Paris There are times and occasions when it becomes simply impossible to have a civilized encounter with nature. When temperatures hover just above freezing, the wind is howling and the wet cold seeps under your skin, you would not dream of going on a “pleasure hike” any more than you would want to go fishing in a hurricane.

This is the time

Themed Urban Walks in Paris

A Walk in Cold Drizzly Romantic Paris

"Les Invalides in Paris in wintry haze"

Walking in Paris

Unable to plan a day hike recently, the Easy Hikers decided instead to take a short walk in a cold drizzly romantic Paris, following the “trail” most couples would do along the Avenue des Champs–Élysées leading up to the Concorde and the Jardins des Tuileries.

Cold Drizzly Romantic Paris

The grey wintry haze fails to hide the charm of the golden domed Invalides

Planning

A Walk in Cold Drizzly Romantic Paris

The Small Outdoors in Paris

"view of La Defense from hiking trail"

Walking in Paris – Part 3 The Small Outdoors in Paris Bois de Boulogne and Bois de Vincennes

Today, for the final part of our short series on Parisian parks*, where you can discover the small outdoors in Paris, I am going to take you a little bit further out. So far out in fact that what we shall be visiting is no longer a parc but a bois.

Although strictly

The Small Outdoors in Paris

Some More Walking in Paris

"Parc de Belleville Paris"

Walking in Paris – Part 2

For part two of our post on about walking in Paris in its parks, we take you a little further out of the city centre.

Parc des Buttes Chaumont

Where?

In the northeast of the city, a couple of blocks away from the Canal de la Villette.

How to get there?

Metro Botzaris or Buttes Chaumont.

Some More Walking in Paris