Paris is full of hidden gardens and rooftop terraces that give the residents a lovely place to relax and to peacefully enjoy the views below in this grand metropolitian city.
Several times I had the opportunity of seeing this side of Paris and each time I was enchanted with the gracious life lived by my friends in this world famous city.
Paris is segmented into districts, called arrondissements, that corkscrew out from the 1st - which includes the Louvre - to the 20th, where you'll find Père Lachaise Cemetery. Addresses in Paris have a postal code that includes the arrondissement number at the end of their 5 digits. For instance, the postal code for Musée National du Moyen Âge (Musée de Cluny) is 75005. The "05" at the end tells you that the museum is in the 5th arrondissement. Referencing the postal codes is helpful for quickly identifying what restaurants may be close to your hotel - look for those with same 2 last digits - or getting a general idea what part of the city an attraction is located in.
Below is the link to a nice webpage with a diagram of the arrondissements and a little about each one.
The Paris districts map looks like a snail. The first one is in the center and the 20th is in the periphery.
The 'arrondissements' are a common way to identify an area in the capital.
... And an inhabitant. Those of the 16th are considered richer than somebody living in the 19th.
Initially, Paris was shared into parishs and, during the Revolution, sections. At the beginning of the 19th Century, there were 12 arrondissements.
In 1860, Napoleon 3rd decided to include within Paris the villages which are protected by the fortifications recently built and he added 8 new 'arrondissements'. Some of them have kept their village atmosphere : Montmartre for example.
Paris is wrapped in the Boulevard Peripherique which is a highway (see the special tip page on "Transportation"). Often, the quicker way passes by the Peripherique eventhough it is not the more direct one.
There is also a quay ('voies sur Berge') which crosses the Capital W - E (one way) on the right bank.
In Paris, one of the most visited cities in the world (if not the most visited), we always think about Mister Tourist and the little misgivings he may have, when losing himself in an area he's not supposed to stroll around in (as Mister Tourist never goes off the beaten path, he's way too much in a hurry, and he loves to spend hours in a queue to go up the Eiffel Tower...). So, the city of Paris has decided to poster huge maps in the middle of the unknown areas... What is up to Mister Tourist is just to find out where these maps are located !!!