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Ile de la Cite

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Terrific Sights; Loads of Tourists

You can't have wonderful sights, such as magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral and Saint Chapelle with its stunning glass windows, without being overrun with tourists. And that's what... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

You can't have wonderful sights, such as magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral and Saint Chapelle with its stunning glass windows, without being overrun with tourists. And that's what happens at Ile de la Cite daily. I cut across the island going from the Latin Quarter to the Marais every day for a week recently and it was a real struggle to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

The larger of the two islands in the Seine, it's not to be missed. This is where Paris began over 2000 years ago. Of course, Notre Dame is the highlight. Be sure to also walk around its perimeter. And the view from the river level when back on the banks is awesome. "Point Zero" is marked with a bronze plate... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

It contains so much of those parts of Paris that one would not wish to miss that it is a must. WE were fortunate ebough to stay on the Ile.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is probably the heart of Paris, NOTRA DAME,SAINT CHAPELLE and many more wonderful sights abound in this neighbourhood and general area,you will find so nany pubs, bar's and restaurant's around here it will make your head spin. Close to some of the most popular areas of Paris, the LATIN QUARTER is minutes away and the wonderful eccentric LE MARAIS... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

sampling freshly prepared bakery "goodies". Would definitely try to time my next visit to coincide with this event

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Once upon a time, Ile de la Cité was Lutèce, and Lutèce was Paris. Today, it is the home of Notre Dame, Sainte Chapelle, Palais de justice, and the préfecture, where I get my "carte de séjour" (residence permit).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Nice place in the hart of Paris, with a lot of nice shops and restaurants, and so close to the river and to the Notre Damn Church

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

What a great plce tojust wande about and soak it all up. But a word to the wis. Don't just visit Notre Dame. Go to the gardens arond the bac of the cathedral and take a look at the memorial to those who lost their lives much more recently. Easily missed, but very poignant.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Notre Dame is here. It is also a junction between various areas of interest including the Quartier Latin. Many bistrots, brasseries and cafes, the river banks with the booksellers all along, all the hustle and bustle of Paris.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

This is a definite must see on any trip to Paris: Notre Dame cathedral, Sainte Chapelle, Pont Neuf, and the bird market on Saturday mornings. Go early, because it gets really crowded.

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Ile de la Cite / Ile Saint-Louis
Two islands sit in the middle of the Seine at the very heart of Paris. The more majestic one, Ile de la Cité, sparkles with history. This is the birthplace of Paris, the home of the Gothic Sainte-Chapelle, and the site of the prison where Marie Antoinette was held before her execution. Tourists flock to see the iconic Notre Dame and the beautiful bridges that straddle the Seine. Ile Saint-Louis, the more provincial island, welcomes you with cozy traditional eateries, small boutiques, and what some people say is the best ice cream in the city. This is essential Paris from its very beginnings to its modern appeal.