Saint Germain des Pres to Notre Dame, Ile de la Cite
The total walking time for this walk is approximately 5 hours. It can be done in one day, however I recommend splitting it into two days to soak up the atmosphere of the Left Bank.
You will pass publishing houses, bookbinders and bars where Fitzgerald, Hemingway and other North American writers wrote, talked and drank in the Jazz Age of the 1920s, and where Satre, de Beauvoir and Camus made Extentialism a household name in the 1940s and 1950s.
The walk leads down streets where bookshops, poster stores, antiques dealers and picture restorers do business side by side with chic dress shops and student cafes.
You could break the walk for lunch in Rue d’Ancienne Comedie and return another day for the second part of the walk which takes you along Rue Saint Andre des Arts onto the Ile de la Cite with the famous Saint Chapelle and Notre Dame.
This walk finishes with a poignant visit to the Memorial des Martyrs de la Deportation.BUY THE BOOK >