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A bigger mob than normal this morning, it’s good to see that even with tough “winter is coming…” there are still runners who are keen to see the sights!
We picked a pretty good day for it too, with it turning out to be a bright sunny day, and by the end, it was actually almost a little too hot, if there is such a thing in Autumn.
Plus, it’s Armistice Day, which means that we get Paris to ourselves while the world takes a day off.
Coming along for today’s tour was Colin from Ireland, who’s in Paris on business but still finding time to get out on a run; then Toni from the States, who has a plane to catch! And Bruce and Cathy, also from the States, in Paris for the last leg of their European holiday.
Starting from Pont Neuf we took a stretch break at the one-and-only Notre-Dame Cathedral, then moving on to Rive Gauche and the Latin Quarter, we touched Montaigne’s shoe at La Sorbonne, then up the hill to the magnificent Panthéon and Luxembourg Gardens (where we took a quick chance for a photo).
Back to the Seine to see Les Invalides, The Eiffel Tower, Pont Alexandre III, Le Petit and Grand Palais’., the Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde, La Madeleine, l’Assemblée Nationale, the Tuileries Gardens and, finally, the Louvre and Pont des Arts.
Lots to get done in a very short 10k run!
See you in Paris!
Woke up to the worst news ever: It’s raining. Oh, and the world seems to be falling apart… No bother, the running tour must go on!!!
Today’s the first day that it’s rained on the running tour, and I was skeptical as to whether or not anyone would show up.
Only the brave, it would seem!
Then, a little after 10 o’clock, Eliza shows up. Top effort!! Stoked to have someone along to join me in the rain.
Eliza’s from Germany, and has recently moved to Paris to study, and the rain is nothing to her, apparently…
She’s better than me!
We ran past the Notre-Dame Cathedral then onto the Latin Quarter, La Sorbonne, the magnificent Panthéon, Luxembourg Gardens and Le Sénat and Church of Saint-Sulpice.
Eliza was a bit strapped for time, so we cut the tour a few k’s short, checking out the Louvre and Pont des Arts.
It actually turned out to be a really nice run!! Maybe the world isn’t ending after all.
Thanks for joining me Eliza!
Another magnificent morning in Paris, with that beautiful autumn chill in the air, perfect for running, perfect for a running tour!
Michel and Laura, a lovely couple from from the U.S., got in touch with me via the RunParis.fr webpage to set up a private running tour during their four day stay here in the City of Lights. They’d heard about running tours in the past and were very excited for this to be their first try at it.
Michel and Laura loved the run, and left some very kind comments on the tour at our facebook page and on tripadvisor too! For my part it was a real pleasure to have them along, it’s for folks like Michel and Laura that doing the tours for free is a real thrill for me.
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Today’s Friday Free-day tour of Paris was a long one!
Starting out at the usual meeting spot at the statue to Henry III on Pont Neuf, and after checking out Notre-Dame Cathedral, then heading over to Rive Gauche. Copped a little bit of unexpected drizzle around Le Panthéon to cool things down after the run up the slope of La Sorbonne. Back downhill and through the lovely Luxembourg Gardens, past Le Sénat, and onwards to Church of Saint-Sulpice.
Made a beeline through some crowded smaller streets, running towards Musée Rodin and Les Invalides, and then onwards to the one and only Eiffel Tower.
Next, the run went back west along the banks of The Seine to the ornate Pont Alexandre III, with excellent views of Les Invalides, the Eiffel tower and the Petit and Grand Palais.
Running down the Champs-Élysées with the busy Arc de Triomphe in the background, the run headed back towards Concorde and Tuileries Gardens, with views of La Madeleine and l’Assemblée Nationale.
Through the gorgeous Tuileries and then running past The Louvre, then a straight shot back to Île de la Cité, where it all began.
A much bigger run than expected, but with a surprising amount packed into the amount of time it took.
Some lessons learned for next week’s run might be a shortening of the long run through the 7eme arrondissement to shorten things up, and to make sure I don’t run into the gates at Les Invalides!!
The run took a little under one and a half hours to cover the longer than expected fourteen kilometers.
Loved the run, but next week might be trimmed!