Day 276 – EU – France [Montrouge to Conflans]

05th January 2021
Run: 34km

Across Paris, via the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe and along the banks of the River Seine

I set out in the cold, eager to run on the pedestrian and cycling paths of the capital city and see a few of its world famous landmarks. It was cold and grey, there even was some hail and snow as I ran along the river Seine on the quays of the left bank. When I lived in France, a few decades ago, the quays were still used for car traffic and quite busy. The landscape has completely changed over the past 20 years and the quays are now almost all pedestrian.

I made a first pit stop at the Eiffel Tower and a second one at the Arc de Triomphe. The Arc stands at the “rond point de l’Etoile” or “roundabout of the Star” and is the start point of 12 magnificent avenues of Paris. Again I enjoyed the many cycling paths of the city, staying away from cars and pedestrians alike.

I exited Paris on the west gate, heading towards Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, where my older brother Matthieu lives with his wife Anne and their three children. We met on the road last summer in Dubrovnik and my 3 nephew and nieces were the first to run with me a part of the world run. Tomorrow is a day off and I intend to make the best of this family time.

Check my daily run GPS data on Garmin or Strava (icons top right of your screen) – here is the map of today’s run: