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Ile de la Cite

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Great location to visit!

It's a historic place because it's located in the center of the city and it contents two of the most historical buildings (mother church of Paris and Notre Dame)

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's a historic place because it's located in the center of the city and it contents two of the most historical buildings (mother church of Paris and Notre Dame)

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Castaic, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lots of history here. This is where Paris began. This island is where St. Chappelle and Notre Dame are located.

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A little of everything here. Lots of government buildings and apartments but many things in one place. The Jewish deportation point at one end, a nice park at the other, Notre Dame of course, Saint Chapelle and lots of nice observation bridges including the famous Pont Neuf. I really enjoyed the shops of plants and flowers, better than average knick-knacks... More 

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Retford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Take time to amble, look at all the small shops. Stop for coffee and eat ice cream. This is such a pretty part of Paris and although it does get busy the atmosphere is simply lovely.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Not many tourists - a real positive. Lovely little streets. A lovely fan shop, and a little toy, gadget, brick a brac shop.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

...take a walk around the Ile de la Cite. In particular, head away from the Cathedral to Place Dauphine where you can lose the crowds and have a quiet meal or a sit in the park.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The idea of Paris to anyone who has never been there is encapsulated here Walk around. It's not big. All the major sights will be revealed but best of all you will make your own tiny memories of a personal Paris The origin and ethos of this beautiful city

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Notre-Dame, Sainte-Chapelle and the Shakespeare & Company Bookstore are just some of the gems in Ile de la Cite. We got quite lost so we found a street filled with little diners where we found a cheap gyro and authentic French crepe!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You know the movie where the couple walks along the streets of Paris looking in shops with breads and pastries and chocolates? With small interesting looking hotels and small stores selling ice cream? This is that place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a wonderful neighborhood and a very high rent district. We walked all the way round and through it and enjoyed every minute. A must do in Paris.

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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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