Get to Know Your Neighborhood
Paris is divided into 20 arrondisemonts (districts) that spiral out like a snail's shell from the center. The Seine River then cuts across the entire city, dividing it into the right (droit) and left (gauche) banks. Each arrondissement offers its own unique character, just like the different neighborhoods and boroughs of New York. Though you'll get to know your own arrondissement best, you will inevitably spend time in almost all of them, experiencing Paris' diversity.