Heritage, nature, street-art… How about a weekend in Paris?

16:25 April 29, 2022

Tourism in the suburbs, why not? This spring two new Guides du routard are dedicated to him: “Great Paris North, from La Villette to Saint-Denis” Y “Adventures in the Paris Region”. Since the two confinements and the (re)discovery of the restricted perimeter around the house, several collections have been interested in this new land of exploration, such asAround Paris: 20 rides within reach of your Navigo pass (Hachette, 2021). “The movement is underway, we are at the beginning of a new perception of Île-de-France as a getaway destination”notes Renaud Charles, editor-in-chief of the Guide to the great Parisiansrepublished a year ago, and from the Enlarge your Paris website.

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Proof that the market is not yet fully mature, the two Routards have been financed by the local authorities, Plaine Commune (93) for the first, up to 20,000 euros, and the regional tourism committee for the second. . But the momentum is on. “Greater Northern Paris” it was imagined with a view to the 2024 Olympic Games, as well as the candidacy of the city of Saint-Denis for the title of European Capital of Culture in 2028. The basilica of Saint-Denis, necropolis of the kings of France, stands out as its venue . crush number one. “The workshops offered as part of the needle reconstruction site make me think of the adventure of the fortified castle of Guédelon, in Yonne”, says Philippe Gloaguen, founder of Le Routard. Warning to lovers of the Middle Ages, the next stone sculpture initiation session will take place next Sunday, May 8 at 3:00 p.m. (8 to 13 euros, book at exploreparis.com). Another gem, a walk along the Saint-Denis canal and its Street Art Avenue.

west picnic areas

“Adventures in the Paris Region” offers 35 “adventures” through the Île-de-France. The guide is added to a homonymous application, free and suitable for children from 5 to 12 years old. “The idea was to offer a change of family atmosphere outside the 20 districts, knowing that our horizon has changed: wanting to go far is no longer systematic”says Marie Burin des Roziers, editorial director of Le Routard. Fun missions are launched on themes related to heritage, architecture or nature. The experience that most attracted him: a canoe descent on the Loing, a river still wild in places, in Seine-et-Marne. Also, instead of recommending restaurants, this guide offers a selection of bakeries along with great picnic spots.

Our routes start where tourists usually stop

In Hauts-de-Seine, we spread out our tablecloth in Rothschild Park, in Boulogne, after visiting the Paul-Belmondo museum, sculptor and father of the late Bébel. At Rueil-Malmaison, the lawn takes on a more imperial twist in the English-style park of the Château de Bois-Préau, a free-access annex to Malmaison for Joséphine. All these activities can be done without a car, accessible by train, RER, bus.

Since 2017, the editions of Parigramme have been organizing walks… on foot, from the interior of Paris to neighboring cities. “Our itineraries start where tourists usually stop”, recalls its author, Nicolas Le Goff, who defines himself as an urban smuggler. just updated “The Other Paris, ten walks through the neighborhoods that reinvent the Orient”, embellished with new cultural spaces such as the Digital Lavoir, in the old baths of Gentilly, in Val-de-Marne. This guide was recently translated into English and is sold in museum bookstores. This shows that the suburban destination is not limited to residents of Ile-de-France and can also attract foreign tourists.

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