It is said, according to rumours, that the XVIth arrondissement, lacks of hustle and bustle. Yet it remains one of the most garnished district in museums, monuments and great sports venue off all kinds, being one of the most visited of the capital. Let's take a cultural stroll of the most famous but also more concealed gems of the biggest arrondissement of Paris.
Let's start by spanning the Seine through a magnificent way in, with the Bir Hakeim bridge and its Passy viaduct where many movies were shot. It is the starting point of one of the prettiest promenade on the Seine of Paris, on the Swan Island, leading you until the Statue of Liberty. You won't get to New York, but to the replica of the American Lady, offered by the United States, and facing its sister lighting the world, towards West. Going up the Berton street, that forgot to evolve with the centuries, lost in the XIXth, you can catch sight of the Balzac House, the French author being today a museum where you can pleasantly wander in. Going on the Rue des Vignes, Vines Street, look up, and you will have the chance to appreciate one of the most refined and delicate architecture of some buildings facades, as in many other streets of the XVIth arrondissement. It's no wonder why most embassies picked this neighbourhood to settle in.
Passing through the gardens of Ranelagh, created by the reinventor of the city during the Second Empire, the Baron Haussmann, you will enter in the famous Bois de Boulogne, former hunting field of the kings of France, and now the leisure place of the whole of Paris West, but also the location of the great sports venues of the capital. At its south gate, the football of the Paris-Saint-Germain sets on fire the lawn of the Parc des Princes, the rugby of the Stade Français inflames the rows of the Jean Bouin Stadium, the greatest tennis players set alight the courts of Roland Garros, and the strides and rides impassion the horse racecourses of Auteuil and Longchamp.
After such an abundance of sport fervour, take a rest in the tranquillity of the bucolic alleys, ambling near the lakes, cascades, ponds, and streams of the Bois de Boulogne to reach the Jardin d'Acclimatation. Exotic Animals and plants brought back from the colonies were here to acclimatize to the continental climate until the 1950s, when it turned into an amusement and strolling park, very popular these days. Going through the Avenue Foch, we will finish this grand tour of the XVIe arrondissement at the Trocadéro. You are know on the edge of the Seven Museum hill, assembly of the Marine Museum, Museum of Man, Asian Arts Museum, Modern Art Museum, the Cité of Architecture and Heritage, and finally the Palais de Tokyo. Overlooking the capital, this square offers one of the most beautiful panoramas of Paris, the Champ de Mars spreading in front of you, dominated by the Eiffel Tower, and carrying around your look in the fantastic places of the city, until the hills of Montmartre and the Père Lachaise cemetery.
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