Our tour of the Islands of the Seine takes you through the Ile de la Cité, Island of the City, where the first inhabitants of the region lived over 2,000 years ago.
Just a few steps away is Sainte Chapelle, a jewel of Gothic construction.
Next door is the Conciergerie, once the palace of Philip IV (1284-1314), later a prison during the French Revolution.
Along with these grand and historical buildings is the tranquility of Place Dauphin, created by Henri IV in the early 1600s, just after he had built the Place des Vosges.
Our Tour of The Islands of the Seine visits Square Jean XXIII, the lovely park on the eastern and southern sides of Notre Dame, offering close-up views of the cathedral's "flying buttresses".
Just beyond is the Memorial to the Martyrs of the Deportation which remembers the thousands who were deported from France to concentration camps during the German Occupation of World War II.
We leave Ile de la Cité by crossing a pedestrian bridge and come to the next island, Ile St. Louis and the historic 17th century houses, the residence of many famous people: Charles Baudelaire, Théophile Gautier, Camille Claudel, Honoré Daumier, André Breton, Marie Curie, Leon Blum and Georges Pompidou among them.
Our Paris Tour The Islands of the Seine is a beautiful and historic walk, with the added charm of never being far from the river. It doesn't get much more historical than this. Visit a European capital city at its very roots. You may even learn what a Merovingian is.
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