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Notre Dame – Hôtel de Ville

Picture of a typical street in the heart of Le Marais Typical street in the heart of Le Marais

People coming to Paris, whether they’re tourists, students, interns or professionals, all ask the same first question: where should I stay? Paris has so many fantastic neighborhoods that it can become hard to pick one. This is why we chose to highlight one of our favorite areas in Paris: Le Marais. The Marais is an amazing neighborhood that brings together the old and the modern. Its ancient winding cobblestoned streets are filled with fun boutiques, great cafes, amazing galleries and so much more. The community also embraces beautiful architecture, making it a delight to stay in the Marais during your time in Paris. Read the entire story here…»

 

If the city of Paris in the spring is sweetly pretty, delicate and pastel, a Parisian autumn is much bolder, crisper and brighter.  The City of Light is bedecked in the blazing oranges, reds and yellows of the turning leaves.  Paris never looks more beautiful than when she is wearing nature’s most audacious color palette.

Ile de la Cite, Paris Ile de la Cite, Paris

This time of year is perfect for exploring the city on foot.  The weather carries a pleasant chill – perfect for showing off your chic new Hermès scarf.  On a sunny day this fall, plan on taking a full day to wander through the Île-de-la-Cité, the natural island in the center of the Seine that is home to the Notre Dame Cathedral. All of the 4th arrondissement offers lots to do and to see.

Every tour of Paris makes a stop in the 4th arrondissement at Notre Dame, but there is much more to this charming island than the famous cathedral.  Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy Le Square du Vert-Galant, the teardrop shaped green space situated at the very tip of Île-de-la-Cité.  This beautiful and tiny park glows with the fiery colors of fall and provides an excellent spot to watch the world pass by via boat.  Just past Le Square du Vert-Galant lies the downstream tip of the island.  Settle under the weeping willow that keeps sentry over the Seine to watch the bateaux-mouches and see an unparalleled view of the city. Read the entire story here…»

 

Hotel de Sully in Places des Vosges Hotel de Sully in Places des Vosges

This area of Paris may be named Le Marais – “The Marsh,” but that simply does not do justice to this elegant and vibrant neighborhood.  Aristocrats founded this area and created some of the most beautiful architecture you will find anywhere in Paris.  In particular, a visit to La Place des Vosges, designed under King Henri IV in the early 17th century, can make you feel like nobility.  In the center of the square are beautiful stone fountains nestled in a beautifully kept lawn, which was once popular as a dueling ground.  These days, rather than honing your epee, you are more likely to while away an afternoon within the quiet walls of the Place by listening to the light murmur of the fountains and the hushed sound of footsteps within the arcades.  A light lunch at Ma Bourgogne, located at the northwest point of the square and considered to be one of the best cafés in Paris, will certainly help you forget your duel. Read the entire story here…»

 

In this video tour, we are going to explore a slightly lesser-known area of Paris, Ile-Saint-Louis, which is special more for its charming atmosphere than for its sights.  In our video tour we will explore Ile-Saint-Louis, the little island in the Seine directly behind Notre-Dame Cathedral.


Video Tour of the Ile-Saint-Louis in Paris(6:41)

Located in the 4th arrondissement, Ile Saint Louis was once a cow pasture, but during the reign of Louis XIII three entrepreneurs had the idea of building their homes on the island and soon elegant townhouses were built. It is beloved for its quiet streets and picturesque riverbanks. If Paris is the city of romance, then this is its most romantic spot in the city. Read the entire story here…»