2."How do I define a street"?
For the purposes of my mission, I decided to include all the “streets”
listed in Paris Circulation. All 5,615 of them.
In my walks I encountered a myriad of not just rues, but Avenues,
Boulevards, Passages, Cités, Alleés and others, including the busy
Rue – The French term for a streets in general, and medium sizes streets
in particular, usually but not always, smaller than a Boulevard or Avenue,
and larger that the villas, passages, etc.
Avenue – A large arterial, usually radiating out from the center with
Boulevard – Broad, with several lanes circling the center of the city,
often tracing the outlines of the ancient fortifying walls. There is a
unique circle of especially busy boulevards (all named after Generals)
just inside of the Peripherique.
Le Périphérique – the Expressway that defines the perimeter of present
Passage – a small, sometimes very narrow lane
Impasse – a small cul-de-sac, quite often gated and locked
Cité – “estate”, a small enclosed courtyard, also very often locked
Villa – a small, short street
Arcade – a covered shopping area, predecessor to the modern enclosed
shopping center, often dating from the nineteenth century
Gallerie – similar to an Arcade, but more contemporary
Place – an open area that is often small and charming, but can also be
enormous when located at the confluence of major Avenues and
Square – also an open area, sometimes the focus of a neighborhood, or
(1) large, heavily trafficked intersections located around the Cour – courtyard, usually a private area
perimeter of Paris allowing access to the Peripherique, or exit out of
(2) the sometimes ancient openings in the more central historic rings
of walls that surrounded Paris in the past
Parvis – a forecourt, usually of a church
Parc – a park; always beautiful and well maintained in Paris, no matter in
what kind of neighborhood
Pont – Bridge
Quai –located beside a body of water
Port – a quayside segment a waterway
Canal – just that
Bassin – a still basin or part of a canal
|Le flâneur Definitions, Rules, and Procedures
|The flâneur wanders through a wonderland of his own construction, imposing himself upon a shop
window here, a vagrant here, and an advertisement here. He flows like thought through his physical
surroundings, walking in a meditative trance.*
|He preferred the rich ambiguity of images to the rigor of systematic thought.
He was a Flâneur. **
I use the boundaries as affixed in the defining guide to Paris: Paris Circulation.
The “Périphérique”, a circular freeway surrounding the city generally defines the perimeter of Paris;
but there are a few just outside of it that are technically in Paris. I include these in my definition.
There is some question as to whether to include the large adjacent parks, the Bois de Boulogne and the
Bois de Vincennes. I plan to walk those park lanes indicated in the guide after I have finished the
The business district of La Defense is not a part of Paris proper, and thankfully is not included in my
I had to define my quest so that I could be confident that when I had finished, my goal had really
1. How do I define Paris?