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Ile de la Cite

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Ile de la Cite / Ile Saint-Louis
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Home of Notre Dame.

Accessed from Pont Neuf, Ile de la Cite is an island in the middle of the River Seine. It is home to the Palais de Justice and Notre-Dame de Paris. There are numerous viewpoints... read more

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Accessed from Pont Neuf, Ile de la Cite is an island in the middle of the River Seine. It is home to the Palais de Justice and Notre-Dame de Paris. There are numerous viewpoints for observing the numerous boats on the river. An enjoyable place to spend a couple of hours.

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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It has Notre Dame. Even though it's small and doesn't have a lot of places to go whoop it up, you should go there if you are in Paris and have a bit of time. Read a bit of the history of it. Look up some of the attractions. Wander around. Get on some of the side streets. Sit in... More 

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Izmir, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is one of the most attractive and lovely places in Paris. Walk on the island all around and the streets and down on the riverside. Have a drink and have some rest in one of the nice cafes. And you won't be able to take your eyes from the Notre-Dame which is on the island. The oldest hospital of... More 

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Centreville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A nice historic corner in Paris. You will find Notre Dame de Paris, Sainte-Chapelle, and Dauphine Place here as well.

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Cadiz, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The island is centrally located and very accessible due to the nearby metro stops and Pont Marie and Chatelet. Restruants and shops are open and there are people on the streets, but there were no crowds. The view of Notre Dame is nice as are all of the views around the island. It a five minute walk to Notre Dame.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Ile de la Cite was the first part of Paris that I saw after arriving and it took my breath away. Notre Dame, Sainte Chapelle, Conciergerie and the Palais de Justice are all on this island. I honestly could've spent an entire day walking around and never leaving to go on the mainland part of Paris. If you're in Paris... More 

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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful island in the center of Paris with amazing Notre Dame de Paris, Sainte-Chapelle and Dauphine Place. Buildings are in old and lovely architecture style. Necessarily to visit this place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This has to be on your agenda. All the best buildings and history are here. And walking along the Seine, of course. Easy access from the Metro, or walk from the Gare du Nord or Gare de l'Est if you are up for the half hour or so stroll - interrupted by stops at pastry shops, icecream shops, souvenir shops... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The original seat of the French Kings, packed with history so lots of see. Enjoyed our visit to the Conciergerie.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Notre Dame is the centre-piece of the island, surrounded by the River Seine, at the heart of Paris. There are lots of souvenir shops and restaurants to suit all pockets. Have a stroll along the river or take a Batobus to the Eiffel Tour.

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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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