Princess Diana’s Fateful Route: Paris Driving Tips

Flowers for Princess Diana
Photo by Chris Card Fuller ©2007

Ina Archives reconstitutes the fateful route that Princess Diana’s driver took from the Hotel Ritz where she was staying in Paris ten years ago today. Imagine if these were your last images before meeting death:
Photo by Chris Card Fuller ©2007 Obelisk, Place de la Concorde

Place Vendome




Rue de Rivoli

Place de la Concorde and the Obelisk

When it comes to driving around Paris, even when you’re not being whisked around the City of Lights at high speeds (by a driver who allegedly had surpassed the designated drinking limits) it can be a difficult city to negotiate by car.

Here are some suggestions for keeping your cool if you plan on driving in Paris:
Avoid rush hour traffic when possible.
Be confident and determined. Parisian drivers can be agressive. You can’t waffle.
General directions are often posted at intersections, especially to popular areas such as Montparnasse.
Often the street lanes are not well marked (except for the bus lanes which are reserved for buses and bicycles).
Underground Parking is indicted by Blue signs with a the letter “P”.
Pedestrians always have the right of way at crosswalks (in theory).
Motorcyclists will weave in and out of traffic and expect you to move over in your lane (especially if you’re on the periph – the beltway that circles Paris). They will beep their horn and signal for you to move over if they can’t get through.
When you drive around the Arc de Triomphe, tell all your passengers to close their eyes and hold their breath.