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Ile de la Cite

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That's what La Cite is, you have to go there if you want to visit Notre Dame, Ste. Chapelle, etc. Just beautiful! You can take one of those buses that stops at different tourist... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

That's what La Cite is, you have to go there if you want to visit Notre Dame, Ste. Chapelle, etc. Just beautiful! You can take one of those buses that stops at different tourist stops (hop on-off buses) for a day or 2 to avoid doing a lot of walking if you don't have too much time. La Cite is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

Houses both Notre Dame and Sainte-Chapelle, well worth the trip. Bridges over are beautiful as well. Had hot chocolate and crepes at the Hunchback of Notre Dame café, delicious!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

With its iconic buildings it is located in an iconic location at the heart of the city and the Seine. A must visit destination from the bustle and splendour of Notre Dame and St Chappelle to the peaceful tip of the island. People sit in the sun with their legs hanging over the banks of the Seine relaxing, watching the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

Beautiful in the Spring. Lots of events going on. Watch out for beggars and pickpockets. They are everywhere.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

Notre Dame, Concergerie, Saint Chappelle, Pont Neuf, flower market, and Ile Saint Louis next door. If you're going to Paris and interested in history, you can't miss this!

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

I am drawn to this area with each visit. I love it. Go to this ancient part of the city for visiting the plaza and cathedral of Notre Dame, Sainte-Chapelle (neither should be missed), or just to have a picnic on the very tip of the island where the river Seine splits. It is the best of Paris. Take a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

On a cloudy/rainy day, go to Pont Neuf and walk down the stairs to reach the tip of the island. Its a small garden with some benches to sit and relax. The view of the Paris streets across River Seine will definitely want you to be there for longer than planned. I was here with my husband getting drenched in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

This is the heart of Paris. There is so much on this island, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Concierge, Saint Chapelle, great cafes, great views, lots of opportunity for people watching...here it is tourists watching tourists from all over the world. There are beautiful bridges with lovely views of the Seine. For a quiet place there are quite a few... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We came here to see Notre Dame but enjoyed the calming atmosphere of this part of the Île de la Cité. We sauntered along the river and it was marvellous to be away from the intense crowds of much of the rest of Paris. We passed a small park (and stood under a tree there when a rain shower occurred).... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

This was our favourite area of Paris. The narrow streets have tiny shops with treasures for you to see and purchase and most are not as expensive as the designer shops that we encountered in other parts of Paris. We found some great food - the pace was leisurely. Very picturesque and well worth the visit.

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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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