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Ile de la Cite

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Ile de la Cite / Ile Saint-Louis
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If you can't find something to suit you here then stay away from Paris!

Quite simply the Ile de la Cite is the true heart of Paris and France. The architecture whether it be nearly a thousand or just a hundred years old is exquisite. Everybody knows... read more

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Quite simply the Ile de la Cite is the true heart of Paris and France. The architecture whether it be nearly a thousand or just a hundred years old is exquisite. Everybody knows Notre Dame and rightly so, the cathedral alone id worth coming to. But many do not know of the Concergerie, the Horlogerie and the sublime Sainte-Chappelle. You... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Island of Paris, or Ile de la Cite, is a beautiful place to stroll around and enjoy a taste of Parisian culture.

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Paris was born here, and when you go there you will understand it. Notre Dame, the Conciergerie, the Saint Chapelle, and a special view of the Louvre from the Pont Neuf. Look for the Memorial of the Martirs of the Deportation, longing and melancholy.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a must. You can even spend half a day exploring the two small islands, Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis, the very heart of Paris.

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love walking in Paris and we decided to go here as Le Concergerie and Saint Chapelle is located here. We toured both places and were very impressed. Also, we just walked the streets, visited some shops and have a coffee sitting outside at one of the many cafes.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Notre Dame, Saint-Chapelle, Conciergerie, and more all within a short walk from one another. This island is so packed with history, art, architecture - all of the things that make Paris so wonderful. Strolling through this islands should be a part of any visit to Paris.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Paris was born there, the start of Paris. Standing and taking your time, looking at the river and thinking of Paris and France history, the European history: a dream!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It’s hard to describe this part of Paris. The city began here. Île de la Cité is somewhat transitional, a bridge between the 19th century left bank and le Marais and the older parts of the city. There are walking tours and they are probably great for those there for the first time but in my mind the best is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must on your Paris-walk. Amazing views both in the day and at night! On summer days, grab a gelato, or wine and cheese, and stroll along the Seine. Winter? Coffee. Done!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A rabbit warren of back stairways, alleys and passageways. Full of stalls with art works. Nearby are the Place du Parvis and the tiny abutting Square Charlemagne.

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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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