"The 14th Arrondissement" Walking Around Tip by ForestqueenNYC
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UPDATE SEPTEMBER 22, 2011 I wrote this tip in 2006 not realizing that I would be returning every year since. I am once again staying in the 14th arrondissement and it has become a second home to me. If you find a hotel in this area that you like don't hesitate to stay here because people say it's too far out. It isn't. And it is a lot more peaceful than staying in the madness of the tourist area during high season. By the way there has not been a demonstration here in the last three years. So not to worry about that.
My six months in Paris were spent living in the 14th arrondissement. My apartment was right at Place Denfer Rochereau which is unfortunately where most of the demonstrations started. It is a fabulous location as far as transportation is concerned because, in addition to several bus lines, there are the Metro lines 5 and 6 and the RER B. It is also an easy walk to Montparnasse, Saint-Germaine de Pres, Boulevard Saint Michelle, Jardin du Luxembourg, and many other locations.
On the map it looks like it is pretty far from the center. It isn't. I often walked from here to le Marais, les Halles, the Eiffel Tower, and many other places. Just get yourself a good pair of walking shoes or take public transportation.
There are fewer tourists here so you will experience more of a flavor of normal Paris life.
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