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Love For The Latin Quarter, Paris

Have you ever re-discovered a part of town that you never paid much attention to? Recently, I have been visiting the lively and vibrant, Latin Quarter. This district is located in the heart of Paris in the left bank (opposite the Seine River from The Notre-Dame Cathedral).

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Street cendor located on the Seine River. See the Notre-Dame in backround 🙂

Imagine a busy, colorful area in a European city packed with tight winding side-streets, cafes, bars, pastry shops, restaurants, eclectic boutiques, and more. Eye candy for a tourist or photo lover!

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Bertrands pastry shop and cafe

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This quarter is home to the oldest University in France, La Sorbonne (1257), you will still find many students and schools here today! Maybe that s why this area has a youthful vibe?! Latin was the main language for the original schools, hence the name, Latin Quarter 🙂

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Boulevard St-Michel is the main drag that runs through this area. Also, Quai de la Tournelle is a large, main road that runs along the Seine river (I make this my starting point,  Metro Saint-Michel). Most days, (especially when it’s nice outside) this main road is lined with Les Bouquinistes (riverside vendors selling books), artists/souvenirs stalls, cafes, and more. This is an amazing area to take photos, chill along the river, people watch, or just keep strolling and you will see many Paris sites.

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Saint-Michel Metro- I use this when visiting this part of town.  Pretty right!?!
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Cafe located right next to Saint-Michel Metro stop and The Seine River. 
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Street vendor located on The Quai De La Tournelle (Seine River bank)
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Again, another vendor on the Quai De La Tournelle 🙂 I love these unique stal

These are my favorites finds in or around The Latin Quarter (so far)!

1) The narrow (maze like) side-streets that you can easily get lost in (on purpose). It’s not the food or the cafes, or even the bars (like usual), that I necessarily love, for me, it’s the vibe, the bright colors, the diversity of the people wandering around, and the excitement I feel when wandering around new corners. There are hidden squares, ancient churches, and random alleyways.

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2) Shakespeare and Company bookstore – An english bookstore that is a fixture of Paris! This is a “must see” tourist spot bc of its amazing history and charming vibe. The bookstore was reopened after WWII by George Whitman and he said, “I created this bookstore like a man would write a novel, building each room like a chapter, and I like people to open the door the way they open a book, a book that leads into a magic world in their imaginations.” —George Whitman        (these words made me want to visit after living in Paris for over a year and not going lol)

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3) Odette Paris – A charming boulangerie (bakery), known for their colorful choux à la crème (cream puffs). The tall narrow building is tucked away at the end of a perfect, Parisienne street (very close to Notre-Dame). The outdoor seating is situated on a very charming side-street, across from one of the oldest churches in paris, Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre.

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I have A LOT more to discover in the Latin Quarter, and I will be heading back VERY soon to check out, The Pantheon ( famous landmark of the Latin Quarter), Le Jardin du Luxembourg (Luxembourg Gardens), and Péniches (restaurants located on docked boats along the river). I will be sharing these experiences! 

March 2017

“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it is lethal.” Paulo Coelho

Thanks for reading XOXO

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