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Ile de la Cite

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A lot of people don't know that several very important monuments are on an island in the Seine. Notre Dame, Chapelle etc. historical and accessible. Do it

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

A lot of people don't know that several very important monuments are on an island in the Seine. Notre Dame, Chapelle etc. historical and accessible. Do it

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Did this as part of the guided tour with Notre Dame. Definitely worth doing as it provides a sense of what is around Notre Dame and that the area is not just about the cathedral. Our tour was 2 hours long and our guide knew all his facts. Certainly worth doing

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

A joy to wonder about. Notre Dame, st michel, history at every turn. Spent a lot of time just walking the streets ... Beware the gambling gypsies tho

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

Really enjoyed walking around on this little island - there's a quiet little square with cute little cafes on the opposite end to the Notre Dame which is a must-visit. The Notre Dame is also, of course, something everyone needs to see. The architecture on the island is very pretty and there's plenty of places to eat as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

If you come only for the ice cream, the trip will be well worth it. Berthillion ice cream!!! Divine! I wholeheartedly recommend the cassis-- but only take it if you LOVE tart ice cream!! There is the original shop, and many smaller places to get it as well! Delicious!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

Notre Dame Cathedral is located on the island. You can't really say you've seen Paris if you haven't seen Notre Dame...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

You have to go there, see the heat and the oldest part of the city. Notre-Dame church is beautiful and the river view is unique from there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Just walk around, accross the isles in the center of Paris, the river Seine floating around you. Interesting streets, populated with interesting little shops and many, many restaurants. You can easily spend an hour or two there, enjoying the environment.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

This island is really beautiful and the Notre Dame Cathedral is in the area. Plus, you can get affordable souvenirs here. This is a must see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

small , charming, touristic but it is worth time spent here. Even with the tourists it is quite charming as the cathedral will satisfy all. It is exquisite.

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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.
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