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Okay, here's another rough draft of an area exploration. Would appreciate your review and comment. Please add things. It really needs some recommendations on places to eat and shop.

START AT

PONT NEUF. Oldest bridge in Paris (1607). Very romantic. Great spot for photos.


WALK SOUTH AND CROSS BRIDGE TO

SQUARE DU VERT-GALANT. Equestrian statue of Henry VI.

NOTE: Steps lead down to the water and Vedette boats depart here on river tours. Twlight rides are the best for sunset and night lights along the river.

TURN LEFT OFF THE BRIDGE AND AWAY FROM THE STATUE TO ENTER

PLACE DAUPHINE: triangle-shaped area lined with attractive 17C houses. Great place to grab a bench and soak up some atmosphere or picnic.

WALK ALONG QUAI DES ORFEVRES TO PONT ST.MICHEL AND TURN LEFT ON BD DU PALAIS

SAINTE-CHAPELLE (Holy Chapel). 4 bd du Palais. Daily. 1000-1700. Museum Card. Gothic - one of the most dazzling creations of the Middle Ages. Candle-lit concerts held here. Bright, sunny days best for viewing stained glass windows.

PALAIS DE JUSTICE (Law Courts). bd du Palais. Neoclassical style (1860). You can wander around the complex. Each year on the first of May, a young oak tree was uprooted from the forest at Vincennes and brought in a procession by the palace staff to be planted in the May Courtyard. It symbolized the union of heaven and earth, God's justice and the justice of men, and therefore royal sovereign justice. Parliamentary decrees were proclaimed and carried out here.

CONCIERGERIE. 1 quai de l'Horloge. M: Cite. Daily. 0930 to 1700. Museum Card. 14C fortress like building with a history of imprisonment, Marie Antoinette was a prisoner and her cell is now a chapel to her memory.

WALK BACK TOWARDS THE PALIAS DE JUSTICE AND TURN LEFT INTO RUE DE LUTECE

FLOWER MARKET is on Rue de Lutece

TURN RIGHT ON RUE DE LA CITE AND CONTINUE TO

PL DU PARVIS. Regarded as kilometer zero, spot from which all distances to and from the city are measured.

NOTE: Find the bronze plaque on the ground.

NOTRE DAME. Place du Parvis. M: Cite. Daily. Free. 0800 - 1830. English tours normally Wed & thur at 1200 & Sat at 1430. A gothic masterpiece. Notre Dame, conceived by Maurice de Sully, was built between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries (1163-1345).

NOTE: Tower climb is 400 steps, but has good views.

WALK TO THE LEFT BUTTRESSES OF CATHEDRAL TO AN AREA NORTH OF THE CATHEDRAL TOWARDS THE SEINE CALLED

ANCIENT CLOITRE: Few people venture here. Has medieval mansions spared by Baron Haussmann.

HEAD NORTH TOWARDS THE SEINE AND RUE CHANOINESSE

TWO ATTRACTIVE HOUSES at #10 and 24

WALK JUST PAST THEM AND FIND RUE DE COLUMBE - MAKE A RIGHT TO TURN ON RUE DES URSINS

NOTE: Will take you to a lovely flower garden by steps leading up to the riverside quai aux Fleurs.

VIEWS ON CLOSE BY RUE DES CHANTRES OF NOTRE DAME IN THE DISTANCE

HEAD THROUGH THE GARDENS TO

SQUARE JEANXXIII. Great view of the east side of Notre Dame

WALK NORTH TO PONT ST-LOUIS AND LEAVE ILE DE LA CITE FOR

ILE ST. LOUIS. Smaller of the two Paris islands and linked to ile de la cite by pont St-louis. Discreet residential area with a small village feel. Noted for architectural unity .

WALK ALONG QUAI D'ORLEANS PAST SOME MIGNIFICANT 17C TOWNHOMES

TURN LEFT AT RUE DEAU PONTS

Turn right into the rue St-Louis-en-I'Ile

BERTHILLON 31 rue St-Louis-en-I'Ile

HOTEL LAMBERT. 2 rue st-louis-en-l?Ile. Provided inspiration for the building of vaux-le-vicomte

TURN LEFT ALONG THE QUAID-ANJOU UNTIL YOU COME TO

HOTEL DE LAUZEN. 17 quai d'Anjou.

WALK BACVK TO THE WESTERN TIP OF THE ISLAND AND THE ILE-DE-LA-CITE.

NOTE: Pont de l'Archeveche has some great views of Notre Dame

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