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Ile de la Cite

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Don't miss the 'Marche aux Fleurs'

Many great things to see, the 'Palais de Justice', the 'Hotel-Dieu hospital', the great brasserie opposite the Court of Justice, the clock or the 'Marche aux fleurs', really nice... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Many great things to see, the 'Palais de Justice', the 'Hotel-Dieu hospital', the great brasserie opposite the Court of Justice, the clock or the 'Marche aux fleurs', really nice and full of colours and nice little souvenirs to grab.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The only shopping we did was on this very select street- it has a lovely hand-bag shop so beware ladies!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

They took down the locks on Pont des Arts, but there are more going up around Pont Neuf. Overall this is a nice area, and we enjoyed walking around here a few times.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A lot of historical significance, very interesting piece of history. It is where Notre Dame is and the Hotel de Deu and the court offices, so many things to do and see. Food also but that is a redunce because food is good everywhere, not matter the budget.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Always busy, always lovely. It has the breathtakingly beautiful Cathedral of Notre Dame so it has to be a must visit. Luckily we've been into the Cathedral before on previous visits so we weren't too bothered when we found ridiculously long queues to enter the church. On this occasion we just gave the inside a miss and admired the exterior... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small island between the left & right banks of Paris, along the Seine river. Sainte-Chapelle and the Cathedrale Notre-Dame are located here. There is also a police station and a lot of cafés & restaurants. Everywhere you go, there are announcements of pick-pockets, so be alert and aware of your surroundings! A lot of gypsies can be... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Norte Dame cathedral closes at 18.45 and we were just too late to get in, but when the floodlights came on it was beautiful o see it and the square all lit up.Returning the next day we got into the cathedral and marvelled at its architecture, stained glass windows, and history.Try to get on one of the bateaux mouthes, which... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Ile de la Cité is usually referred to as the heart of Paris, as well as the original site of the Celtic tribe Parisii tribes who inhabited this island known. This was possibly the earliest settlement in Paris. The Ile de la Cité is anchored by mighty Notre-Dame cathedral. At night, the bridges are beautifully lit and there is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love staying on the Ille de la Cite, steps away from Ste Chapelle (mind blowing 11th century stained glass), Notre Dame, and the Louvre. Quiet at night, but by close by everything from the best restaurants and shops and the Metro. It's the birthplace of Paris. You should definitely go there.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth a wander to see this - lovely to read little messages on the locks - sellers there with sharpie pens should you wish to purchase one

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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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