July 26, 2013

A Stroll Around the Île Saint-Louis, our Paris Neighborhood

Here's the view from the front door of our building. The bridge leads to Paris's Right Bank.
(Click on photos for larger view.)

Looking downriver from the bridge, you can see the Hôtel de Ville in the distance. But if you just go straight ahead when you cross the bridge, you're in the Marais -- a neighborhood I rediscovered on this trip and now consider my favorite in Paris.

If you head a few blocks in the other direction, you'll find the bridge linking the Île Saint-Louis and the Left Bank.  A few steps along the bridge gives a nice view of Notre-Dame's

Here's what the main street of the Île Saint-Louis looked like in the middle of the afternoon yesterday (Thursday) while the neighboring Ile de la Cite is swarming with tourists:

Unfortunately the  bakery around the corner where we get fresh baguettes in the morning and fruit tarts in the afternoon is closed on Thursdays.

A five minute walk from our building brings us to the bridge connecting our island with the Île de la Cité and its famous Notre Dame Cathedral.

We might stroll along the river:

After the crowds of tourists on the Île de la Cité, the cafes and restaurants of the Île Saint-Louis provide a welcome respite:

On the way back to the apartment, we can pick up provisions at our mini-supermarket:

Or we can cross the street and pick up some more exotic delicacies:

If you're very lucky, you might find a short line for ice cream or sorbet. Berthillon, which has several outlets on Ile Saint-Louis is reputed to have the best French ice cream and sorbets.

We discover fresh fruits and vegetables right around the corner:

Here's our cheese shop:

I've never dared enter this store. I love macaroons, and those bins in the center are brimming with vanilla and chocolate macaroons:

After each excursion, I'm always been happy to return to No. 39 and take the lift to our apartment on the third floor . . . which would be the fourth floor as we count them at home.

1 comment:

Margie Rogers Swope said...

I am so happy for you! You are living life fully.
God Bless,