Top 10 Sights in Paris Countdown #10

Let’s start a leisurely wandering tour through narrow Paris streets, so slippery when it rains… for they might lead us onto a surprise landmark like the famous Louvre Museum or the majestic Eiffel Tower itself! I hope you enjoy walking because this is the best way to discover “the most beautiful city in the world.”

#10 Les Halles

“The Stomach of Paris.” Yes, Paris does have a stomach, just like any other beautiful woman and just like all the rest of us! Am I breaking a myth here? Not guilty! Emile Zola, French writer of the XIXth century was the one who first described the old central market of Paris as the stomach of the city. Farmers would go there to sell their fresh products, vegetables, meats etc. Imagine the hustle and bustle in that area!

Les Halles
[Picture credited to Nicolas Vigier]

Today, it’s much less hectic, and has cleaned up nicely you’ll be happy to learn. Now called “Les Halles”, it is filled with lots of little stores both within its shopping center partly located underground, but also outside, in the surrounding streets. Isn’t that a great way to start our little tour of Paris? Shopping time! Men, don’t roll your eyes! Just enjoy the grand finale of your Paris experience and make your ladies happy!

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