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Latin Quarter Paris

February 24th, 2009 by paris

The Latin Quarter Paris is the heart of the Left Bank, and the intellectual center of bohemian Paris. It was here that Simone de Beauvoir and Jean Paul Sartre wrote in the cafes and bars. It was in the Latin Quarter Paris that surrealism was born!

Home to the Sorbonne, the Latin Quarter Paris is still host to the academic community and a gathering place for students and young people. This can make the Latin Quarter Paris a bit noisy in the evenings.

Highlights of a walk around the Latin Quarter Paris are:

  • Ile de la Cite, a medieval island with fantastic views of the Seine, walk across the Pont Neuf to experience the history of Paris
  • Ile Saint-Louis, an area of seventeenth century townhouses that is a delight to wander through with some lovely cafes
  • Notre Dame, the Catholic Cathedral of Paris, made world famous by Victor Hugo’s hunchback
  • Palais de Justice, this huge edifice houses the Conciergerie Paris, and Sainte Chapelle
  • Pantheon, the mausoleum for France’s greatest thinkers, walk up to the dome for impressive views
  • Jardins and Palais du Luxembourg, little changed since their design by Marie de Medici, there is a boating pond where you can hire tiny motorised boats.
  • Saint-Germain-des-Pres, the oldest church in Paris and situated in a very trendy area. The surrounding streets have some wonderful boutiques and antique shops.
  • Nearest Metro St Michel
  • Tourists like to stay here at many of the little hotels, because it’s a nice and cheap district to stay. For meals this area is full of lovely small restaurants.
  • Latin quarter is very busy and full of young people. Avoid Saturdays if you dislike this type of crowds. Sunday and Monday are the quietest.
  • Picnic fare such as Cheese, Fruit, Wine, Ham (Charcuterie), Patisserie and bread, can be bought from the grocery stores all over the place. The closest Monoprix is at 24 Boulevard Saint Michel.

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