|What To See
+ Exploring Paris
* A Walk Along the Seine & On the Islands
* A Walk Through Le Marais
* A Walk Through Montmartre
* A Walk Through the Quartier Latin & St Germain-des-Prés
* A Drive in the Painters' Footsteps
* A Drive In & Around the Forêt de Fontainebleau
* A Drive Through the Vallée de Chevreuse
In The Know
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A Walk Along the Seine & On the Islands
This relatively compact area offers stately historic buildings, breathtaking views, provincial charm and the liveliness of a great city.
Start from the place du Châtelet on the Right Bank.
The monumental fountain was commissioned by Napoleon on his return from Egypt.
Walk along the quai de Gesvres, then across the pont Notre-Dame.
The flower market on the place Louis Lépine is a refreshing sight. On Sunday, flowers are replaced by birds.
Walk east along the embankment, turn right into rue des Ursins then left and left again.
The narrow streets of the medieval cathedral precinct have retained a few old houses. At the tip of the island is an underground memorial to the victims of Nazi concentration camps.
Cross over to the Ile Saint-Louis and turn left, following the quai de Bourbon.
Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of this sought-after residential area.
Turn right into rue des Deux Ponts and cross over to the Left Bank. Walk to the square Viviani then cross rue St-Jacques into rue St-Séverin.
This is one of the oldest parts of the Quartier Latin. The Gothic Church of St-Séverin has a magnificent interior.
From the place St-Michel, cross back on to the Ile de la Cité.
Sainte-Chapelle is very close. The place Dauphine at the western end of the island is another haven of peace. Admire the view from the pont Neuf, Paris's oldest bridge.
Cross over to the Right Bank and the pont Neuf métro station.
2-4 hours depending on church visits
Place du châtelet
Metro: Châtelet or Bus: 21, 38, 85, 96
Metro: pont Neuf or Bus: 21, 58, 67, 70
Le Grand Bistrot
Address: 7 rue Saint-Séverin, 75005 Paris
Phone: 01 43 25 94 21