Insomma la lista delle attrazioni, dei luoghi, dei negozi e negozietti e degli scorci da vedere sarebbe abbastanza fitta, ma non vorremmo mai distogliervi dalla vostra esplorazione, per cui, questa volta, vi lasciamo liberi di perdervi tra le stradine dell'isolotto, accompagnati dal vostro istinto. Un solo consiglio: andate verso l'ora del tramonto e non ve ne pentirete.: è al calar del sole che il fascino dell'Ile viene fuori in tutto il suo splendore. E chi vi dice che nel vostro gironzolare, immersi in una realtà completamente nuova , non vi imbattiate in qualche curioso personaggio di fine Ottocento?
Of course you already know the famous Île de la Cité in Paris, the island situated in the middle of the Seine river where you can find Notre-Dame cathedral. Less known but really charming, the smaller Saint Louis island is the topic of our today’s post. Even if it’s really near to the most famous Île de la Cité, this pretty islet is completely different from the bigger island. To get there you need to cross the Saint Louis bridge that will take you there directly from Notre-Dame. On the islet you will find a quiet atmosphere and the busy Parisian life will seem far away.. In fact, the Île Saint Louis seems to be stuck in the past and the atmosphere here is magic… for example you won’t find cars because they’re not allowed. According to us, this is one of the unforgettable, less known areas in Paris, far from the touristic paths, that have to be discovered little by little, wandering around its narrow, pebbly streets. This historic and residential quarter is a magic place where you will find small restaurants, typical French boulangeries -where you cannot miss to taste a fresh-baked pain au chocolat- , alternative small shops and antique dealers, all that in an atmosphere of late XIX century. But if you want a list of the fundamental places to visit on the island, here we are with our tips! First of all you cannot miss Berthillon, 29/31 rue Saint Louis de l’Île, the most ancient ice cream parlor of the French capital! Then we suggest to visit at least one of the many antique dealers or book shops that you will find along this street. We are sure that you will find something special to buy as a souvenir of your French trip. Finally, if you’re ancient culture addicted, here are some addresses that you cannot absolutely miss: the baroque church of Saint Louis de l’Île, the most famous building of the island, and the Hotel de Luzun, an historic building that hosted some famous French intellectuals like Charles Baudelaire, who wrote the first poems of his collection Les Fleurs du Mal in this building. And at the corner with rue Saint Louis en l’Île you will find the Hotel Lambert, the historical “enemy” of the Hotel Luzun, full of paintings realized by the painter Le Brun. So this small island is full of places that are worth a visit, but we don’t want to influence your exploration too much… You should be free to wander and lose yourself among its narrow streets following your instinct. Just a suggestion: the island is even more beautiful at sunset. You will be astonished! And who knows, maybe while wandering around the island, you will meet some weird character coming from the end of the XIX century…?