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Ile de la Cite

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With the most beautifull cathedral Notre Dame you really have to visit this place. And of course it has his historical importance

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

With the most beautifull cathedral Notre Dame you really have to visit this place. And of course it has his historical importance

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

It it's your first time to Paris, you will probably end up on Ile de la Cite. You'l probably swing by on your second visit as well, and maybe even your third. Sure, it's packed with tourists, but there's a reason. Home of Notre-Dame, Palais de Justice, Sainte-Chapelle, and a host of other uniquely Parisien sights, and surrounded by the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

With the Seine running through Paris, one might not realize the Island of the City IS indeed an island. Prominent structure is Notre Dame, the Conciergerie (prison of remarkable renown), Pont Neuf and gorgeous Parisien scenery. This is the heart of Paris. Best experienced on foot but getting around by bus can be quick as well. Metro and bus move... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

you must take the time to look around and discover the quirky streets and fascinating characters and of course to view the magnificent Notre Dame. It is also worthwhile to cross over to the Ile Saint Louis by the Pont Saint Louis bridge.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed walking around the Ile de la Cite in the late afternoon as we visited Notre Dame, Saint Chappelle and the Conciergie. It was noticeable many were enjoying a late afternoon drink on the banks of the Seine on and around the Ile. A few signs helped navigate the small space but a few more would be appreciated for the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

This is the original Paris and still fascinates with the law courts, conciergerie, Notre Dame Cathedral, etc., etc. Lovely little parks can be found along the Seine...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

We were offered this as a free excursion with Avalon Cruises and it was simply wonderful. We landed at Notre Dame on Easter Sunday and were able to attend Mass there. The walk we continued on took us to San Chapelle and along the Siene. We saw a variety of markets, bird, flower, farmers, etc. After the walk we were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Start your walk at Chatelet. Walk along the river towards PONT NEUF, take pictures. The Eifeltower is clearly visible. Cross the bridge to see the fence, which is decorated with hundreds of padlocks. Tourist hanged them there, after they wrote their names on it. Go back and walk along Que de l'horloge. You willl pass by at the PALAIS DE... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

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

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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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.