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What you will do
Of course this is Paris in all its wealth, but with it comes a sense of space along large avenues and squares, and a great deal of beauty which peaks at the majestic Esplanade du Trocédaro, and its view on the Eiffel Tower and the Champ-de-Mars.
You'll notice that the drawing of this itinerary is highly symmetrical, like a butterfly spreading its wings, meaning you can follow it in both directions in an equivalent manner.
You can extend the itinerary by visiting either the 16th district, or cross the river and get to the Museum of the Sewers of Paris, the Museum of the Quai Branly, and the Eiffel Tower, or even head uphill towards the Place de l'Etoile and the Champs-Elysées.
Step by step
- We may start near the Pont de l'Alma (Alma-Marceau subway station on line 9). Du Président-Wilson avenue then goes left when one's begin to follow Marceau avenue towards the Place de l'Etoile. 1
- Opposite the Palace of Tokyo, cross Brignolle garden then go around Rochembeau square and take the beautiful Pierre-1er-de-Serbie avenue to the left, up to Iéna subway station. Guimet museum's main entrance is right on the other side of d'Iéna avenue, but the entrance of the Buddhist Pantheon is a little further away, on the right. 2
- Follow d'Iéna avenue towards the Place de l'Etoile, up to the square of the United States which you'll cross from East to West. At the left of the statues of Washington and La Fayette, take Galileo street which will lead you to the prestigious Kleber avenue. Follow it in the same direction until the Trocadéro. 3
- In the Trocadéro gardens, if you're with children, you may try the Cinéaqua aquarium - which is however rather expansive and not so big. Back to Chaillot Palace, take du Commandant-Schloesing street on the left, and turn right into Pétrarque street, which will itself make a turn left. Then turn right into Scheffet street and finally left into Louis-David street before getting to de la Tour street. You may go there more directly from the Trocédaro, through Paul-Doumer avenue, but the proposed detour enables you to discover a few nice bourgeois gardens. 4
- Turn right into Gavarni street then right again into Passy street. Now turn left into Chernovitz street. Come Raynouard street, take the little opposite passageway on the right, in the continuity of Lyautey street, to get to the park of Passy. From there, turn left to get to des Eaux street. Passy subway station (line 6), and bus 72 (towards the Hôtel de Ville) are close by. 5