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Ile de la Cite

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You visit the isle then you find a place to eat in the "Cartier Latin", and you continue on the seine to see the buquinistes... but you start here.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

You visit the isle then you find a place to eat in the "Cartier Latin", and you continue on the seine to see the buquinistes... but you start here.

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The streets and houses on the Ile are very pre war Paris and offer plenty of photo opportunity. Gravel squares where locals meet for games are a personal favorite.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

So near everything. A short walk to Notre Dames de Paris, the Louvres, and the Sorbonne. This park is a respite from the hustle and bustle of Paris. Plan to spend at least one whole day in this area... maybe more. Just walking along the Seine, lined with used book sellers (on a clear day) and the fence full of... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Cross over on the Pont au change (very near to the east of the Louvre) and you immediately find the Conciergerie (the prison where aristocrats awaiting beheading were held during the early days of the Revolution). Continuing on you come to Saint-Chapelle, the ethereal (how did they do it?) church of the last Kings of France, and the architecturally beautiful... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Spend at least a day and night visiting this area. there are attractions- will not go into that- there is a lot elsewhere for you. but then there are shops and fun restaurants and cafes- skip the sit down and eat and walk - lots of street food and drink. shops are cool - but hit side streets and look... More 

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The Villages, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

While Notre Dame is touristy, crowded and noisy, this place which is only a few minutes walk from Notre Dame is quiet and different world. Love walking there window shopping and eating ice cream at the famous Bertholum place.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Give yourself plenty of time to see it all. I had to go back a second day! Police presence abounds...not sure if that makes you feel confident or scared! :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Beautiful views from the church but stunning inside. Light a candle to a lost loved one and take the walk around to absorb the atmosphere. You can walk up from the Metro or take the Funicular railway if you've tired legs. We prefer to walk up and after taking in the church, spent time meandering the narrow cobbled streets around... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This island is a great tourist attraction. It has of course the cathedral of Notre Dame, and (not to be missed and my favorite) the Saint Chapelle which has been reviewed separately (don't forget to go up a floor when you visit as this is the best bit). It also has the Jewish Monument at the east end of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

The shops are wonderful. We especially loved the one that sold marionettes. There is a Languiole knife shop that had a nice selection of their knives. There is also a small Berthillion ice cream shop there too.

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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.