Party Earth Review The Latin Quarter around Blvd. Saint-Michel is named after the students of the Sorbonne who have populated the area since the thirteenth century, in the days when they spoke the scholarly language of Latin. Not much has changed in the last eight hundred years, since the area remains dedicated to and populated by students from around the world. The international flavor is most evident in the Chinese, Greek, Japanese, Italian, and French restaurants and specialty food stores that line the streets. Though Blvd. Saint-Michel is a broad street with recognizable store names and bustling activity, visitors will want to stray from the main square to explore ... more
Blvd. Saint-Michel and Environs
As in most major European cities, plazas in Paris are both a symbol of national pride and a great setting for people to congregate.
The plazas (or place in French) serve numerous purposes in the city. First, they are perfect for simply meeting up and figuring out how to enjoy the day in one of the greatest cities in the world. Second, they’re usually surrounded by places to eat, drink, shop, and sightsee, so there’s never any shortage of things to do. And third, they make for a welcome break from the daily grind.
Two of the most famous Paris plazas are of course Place de la Concorde at the eastern end of the Champs-Élysées and Place Charles de Gaulle on the western side. Place de la Concorde is known for its authentic Luxor Obelisk, while Charles de Gaulle is the site of the Arc de Triomphe, which honors those who fought in the French Revolutionary war and Napoleonic war. And both spots are teeming with tourists on a daily basis.
Other famous plazas in Paris include Place de la Bastille, which commemorates the former Bastille Prison that was raided during the French Revolution – and is now surrounded by cafés and bars, and the grand square in front of the Musée du Louvre, home of the most priceless artworks in the world.
Wherever people decide to hang out, sightsee, or pay homage to French history, there are multiple plazas to explore all over Paris.