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Paris, Banks of the Seine travel guide

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Paris, Banks of the Seine

In spite of the crowds, the old laneways of the Seine island remain romantic. Enjoy a stroll here amongst the exclusive shops and pretty cafes.

The Île de la Cité is Paris' heart. The first inhabitants, the "Parisi" settled here as far back as Roman times. This part of the city is also home to a gem of Gothic architecture, Notre Dame Cathedral. The defensive towers of the Conciergerie and the light-flooded Sainte-Chapelle round out the medieval impression created by this vibrant area. On the neighbouring Île Saint-Louis, the city's most desirable and expensive residential district, it is somewhat more easygoing. While the rive droite has traditionally been more bourgeois, the Quartier Latin and Saint-Germain-des-Près on the left bank of the Seine have been a hub of intellectual life since time immemorial. In the 1950s, this was where the Existentialists met. Today, these places tend to be visited more by tourists and the employees of the surrounding publishing houses and bookshops. The country's most famous educational institutions have been based in the Quartier Latin (in other words, a district in which Latin used to be spoken), since the 13th century. The area also contains cafés and night spots and the Jardin de Luxembourg, one of Paris' most popular parks.

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  • The banks of the Seine are charming on both sides. This is where you will find most of Paris's 'bouqinistes' or used book-sellers. The pedestrianized Pont Neuf bridge is popular with young picnickers, who come here with bread, cheese, and wine in the evenings to take in the city's sunsets.
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  • This is a great place to enjoy the essence of Parisien. A tour around (and inside) Notre Dame opens up the world of Gothic France and in the process you discover WWII (through the Memorial to the Martyrs to Deportation) and modern Paris (through the major police station). Of course, Roman Gaul exists at Arenes de Lutece.It has the charm of a relaxed residential community with a touch of tourism that Notre Dame affords. The local cafe scene is the uncommon combination of very French and very welcoming. All in all, a great way to spend a day.
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