Ile de la Cité

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Ile de la Cité
Paris, France
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At the geographical and historical heart of Paris, this island in the Seine river, was first inhabited by Celtic fishermen and boat builders (Parisii tribe). It was conquered by Romans in 42. Walls were erected to defend the island from barbaric invasions. People would take refuge on the wall protected island . The king of France, Clovis settles there and his successors order the construction of “Palais du Roi” et  the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral. Portion of “la cité” was destroyed during  thee transformations initiated by Haussmann. There still are some buildings of the past such as Notre-Dame de Paris, la Conciergerie and la Sainte-Chapelle the only vestiges of Palais du Roi  , l'Hôtel-Dieu, the oldest hospital in Paris and Palais de Justice built where Palais du Roi used to be.
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First To Review: Laurence H.
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Aug 18, 2009
Evening along the Seine, sitting in a sidewalk bar, or strolling along the river, are something my wife and I always enjoy. Seeing Notre Dame illuminated and the city lights reflecting off of the water, are what make it for us. We're romantic at hearts, and listening to the street musicians, and watching the young people laugh and enjoy themselves, is what Paris is all about. No, this isn't hard-hitting travel journalism, but it is the reason we travel to Paris so often.
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Jan 6, 2009
This is a delightful gem. It is a delightful area to wander and spend a day and soak up Paris. Enjoy. span.jajahWrapper { font-size:1em; color:#B11196; text-decoration:underline; } a.jajahLink { color:#000000; text-decoration:none; } span.jajahInLink:hover { background-color:#B11196; }
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Dec 29, 2008
My mom told me there is a superstition that if you stand on the star on the tower side of Notre Dame and spin in a circle 5 times then you are destined to return to Paris. I think this star marks the center of the city. I've done it each time I've gone there...so far so good!
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Sep 24, 2009
Paris is so beautiful that you need more than one day to visit. Museums only will require lot of time. Moreover, food is lovely and time for it is needed so to go back home with inoubliables moments!
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Jun 27, 2008
Nice place for picnics/naps especially during Summer when it's so hot and you're desperately looking for some fresh air!
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