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Île de la Cité, Paris

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Île de la Cité is one of two natural islands in the Seine at the heart of Paris. As the place where the medieval city was founded, the island is known for its cobblestone streets and historic buildings. One important landmark is Conciergerie prison, where Marie Antoinette awaited execution in 1793. The island’s teardrop shape makes its streets quite interesting, with buildings and bridges forced to adapt to this landscape. Small walkways and a staircase behind the statue by the Pont Neuf bridge allow you to walk down along the river’s edge. A small bridge connecting the other island, Île Saint-Louis, is a gathering place for street performers showcasing their talents. Île de la Cité is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , international travel planner Edition.
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  • The Île de la Cité looks spectacular from afar, and lots to see and do there ... Sainte-Chapelle, Concergerie, Palais de Justice, Notre-Dame de Paris, Archeological Museum. Quite nice to stroll... 
    The Île de la Cité looks spectacular from afar, and lots to see and do there ... Sainte-Chapelle, Concergerie, Palais de Justice, Notre-Dame de Paris, Archeological Museum. Quite nice to stroll...  more »
  • This lovely island is the home to the famous (and not burnt) Notre Dame cathedral. Other than that, the island on the Seine river is great for a 2-hour stroll. 
    This lovely island is the home to the famous (and not burnt) Notre Dame cathedral. Other than that, the island on the Seine river is great for a 2-hour stroll.  more »
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  • Very cool. Doesn’t seem like an island. We visited Sainte-Chapelle. So beautiful. Smaller than I thought it would be. And very hot. Walked around Notre Dame as much as possible. Visited the Deportation Memorial.
  • Impossible for me to stand before the towers of Notre Dame and not see in my 12 year old mind the shadow of Quasimodo scrambling under the bells and Victor Hugo exhorting all of us to help restore this symbol of France. Work proceeds perhaps open for the Paris Olympics. Be sure to see "Notre Dame De Paris" opening this week at Lincoln Center.

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