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Ile de la Cite

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Ile de la Cite / Ile Saint-Louis
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Another great Paris attraction

Like most things in Paris, take your time and look at everything. Savour the moment of looking at something you have always dreamed of seeing.

Reviewed 2 days ago
Gympie Region, Australia
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Gympie Region, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Like most things in Paris, take your time and look at everything. Savour the moment of looking at something you have always dreamed of seeing.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I love this part of the city - quaint streets and shops, fantastic architecture and history and just so much to see. One can walk and walk and not get bored by all there is to see around.

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Split, Croatia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

True center of Paris with so much history that you can't avoid it if you want to see what is all the fuss about in Paris.

Thank SinisaBanic
Rhode Island
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You simply can not visit Paris without visiting this Island which is home to some of the more iconic buildings and historical spots in Paris. Getting to the island is simple and a treat, it's wonderful to walk across the bridge over the River Seine and just enjoy the splenor of it all…. There are lots of spots to sit... More 

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Wales, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This island is a wonderful place to visit in the center of Paris, and you can walk around it and relax, visit some of the superb buildings that span history or just chill in one of the bars. As you walk around the island you can see/visit Notre Dame, Sainte Chapelle, the Conciergerie, Palais of Justice, Crypte Archeologique and many... More 

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Cologne, Germany
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Ile de la Cité is a natural island in the River Seine and the centre of Paris. It is home of important sights, p.e. Notre Dame de Paris, Sainte-Chapelle, Conciergerie,... The island is connected to the mainland by bridges, p.e. Pont Neuf. We had a guided tour which I can highly recommend.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful tranquil place to relax amidst the bustle of Paris, excellent restaurant or bars to chill out.

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San Diego
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This island is the larger of the two islands on the Seine River running through Paris. You will find Notre Dame & Sainte-Chapelle on this island. There are restaurants but I would recommend to walk 10 minutes over the the smaller of the two islands to Ile Sant-Louis.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although arguably the main reason to visit there is far more to this area than the Cathedral. With streets to walk and enjoy this an area not to be ignored with numerous cafes and restaurants to keep you fuelled the area away from the Cathedral offers a little more peace and quiet.

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New York City
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely area near the Notre-Dame excellent for wandering around to see what you will find. It seemed quieter and less crowded than most neighborhoods, but we found lovely restaurants and cafes to while away the afternoon with Pate, wine and cheese.

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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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