La Défense, outside Paris!

And why not go back to my old neighborhood in île de France, the region of my Paris (work) and Versailles (living), and all that goes around that island of France! There is one spot a bit ackward for most. It is a mixture of business and pleasure and not too much visited, almost like an off the beaten path but so easy to get from Paris central.

I like to tell you a bit more on La Défense, Hauts-de-Seine dept 92 in the Île de France region.

It is a stone throw from Paris, and many times link with it even thus in another state/province/department. You can easily come here thus almost like an extention of Paris on the metro line 1, tramway T2,and the RER A trains. The bus No 73 is one of the most touristic buses in Paris and its only a regular ticket of 1,90 that will take you sightseeing the best of Paris along the pathway on the pont de Neuilly, Hotel de Ville de Paris, les Sablons, porte Maillot, CDG Etoile, George V, Champs-Elysées, Concorde, Assamblée Nationale, to end at the musée d’Orsay; nice ride!  I take my car up to La Defense boulevard Circulaire and then parking CNIT or Centre. From Versailles rive droite station you have direct access to La Defense also by train SNCF, as well as the Balabus from Gare de Lyon on Sundays and Holidays.

The thing that will bring you here is the Arch de la Defense (Grande Arche de la Défense) , sort of like a modern Arch de Triomphe. It is in line with it along ave de la Grande Armée and the Arc de Triomphe is very easily visible.

La Defense

It was my often work area, I was in and out even in a single day from Paris or Versailles. All the major corporations based in France or French are here (including my world HQ), in a massive business city with high towers and modernity. The CNIT congress palace is a huge meeting place for businesses, associations, seminars etc I had to partake many times. The name comes from an area made to thanks the soldiers who partook the war of 1870.

A must to go to the top of the Grande Arche de la Défense, more info here in French: The Grande Arche de la Defense promenade

However, a visit to the Arche de la Défense should be on everyone list, the views are wonderful over Paris best parts,and monuments.   There are great restaurants there too ,see them here in Grande Arche site in French, try the Le Bistrot à Vins, and Le Globe Trotter, especially more here: La Défense Arche restaurants in French

You can enjoy great movies in the Dome cinema Ciné Cité  UGC (a very good chain we use exclusively here)  , with very modern facilities and a favorite of my kids as it is easy reachable from where we live.  It is right in the Quatre-Temps shopping center more info here: UGC Cinema at La Defense

Another great way to spend your time here is shopping, if you like big shopping center/malls then you will love the Quatre Temps shopping center here, its one of the best in the area. You have 218 stores, 46 restaurants, and 28 cinema showing rooms! Times are 10h to 20h30 for stores Monday to Saturday and Sundays 10h to 20h!  and the Auchan to 22H. You have shopping galore with normal stores better prices than Paris, plus a grocery hypermarket in Auchan, 9h to 21h30 Mondays to Fridays, Saturdays opens at 8h30 and Sundays 8h30 to 12h30!  For detail info go to the official webpage Les 4 Temps shopping Center La Défense

And over to the CNIT building, across the parvis, where the convention and congress place with the Centre des Nouvelles Industries et Technologies (center of new industries and technologies). More here: La Defense on the CNIT

There is the same webpage as above Grande Arche on the history of it in French: Grande Arche on history of La Défense

Here you will find good maps in 3D pdf format of the La Defense area, the map of pedestrians or pietons, and the map of voitures or cars/autos with parkings,  La Defense on transports

Things to see and more at the Tourist office of dept 92: Tourist office of Dept 92 Hauts de Seine on La Defense

Have a great day at La Défense, something worth exploring on your next trip to “outside Paris”  and off the beaten paths of the Île de France region. Good for the whole family.

la Defense

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!


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