Thursday, August 30, 2012

Latin Quarter of Paris

The Latin Quarter of Paris is located in the 5th and 6th arrondissements of Paris, situated on the left bank of the River Seine.

Like any European capital, Paris is a lovely city to discover on foot, well, that is neighbourhood per neighbourhood. So after our coffee break near Notre Dame Church we continued our walk to the direction of the 7th arrondissement via the Latin Quarter. The neighbourhood is colourful with a highly energetic pace. Narrow alleys everywhere and oodles of bistros overflowing the streets with outdoor café terraces. A very popular place for the student crowd I reckon.

While discovering this area Bru suddenly had a major craving for potato fries. I’m not a fries person so I passed. I wanted something else, but I don’t know what, and I am not hungry yet.

Earlier that morning, we were told by the boat cruise company below the Notre Dame that the cruise ticket we have is only valid for the boat company located near the Eiffel Tower. There’s not much that we can do but go to the Eiffel Tower area in the 7th arrondissement, a place that I actually wanted to avoid at all costs.

We initially thought of walking from Notre Dame to the Eiffel Tower via the Latin Quarter but after an hour of walking and realising that we are not yet halfway through, we gave it up and took the metro.

Paris is surely lovely to walk around, but not when the temperatures are boiling between 35C and 40C.

Here are pictures of Paris’ Latin Quarter:

Here is Bru asking the boat company about our (free) cruise ticket that we received from our hotel. Unfortunately we have to go to the Eiffel Tower area because the boat company that our ticket is valid for is located there.

Crepes sold everywhere. It probably is the number 1 street food in Paris.

The popular French bistro.

Cool design garage and side doors.

Crepes are typically French, but Nutella not. It's Italian.

Travel Period: August 2012
Destination: Paris, France

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