Wandering the Île Saint-Louis

Île Saint-Louis

Île Saint-Louis

Île Saint-Louis

Door detail, Île Saint-Louis

Île Saint-Louis

Île Saint-Louis

Oh, the Île Saint-Louis. The tiny island in the middle of Paris, so small there isn’t even a metro stop on it (there is, however, one on the  larger Île de la Cité just up the Seine, where Notre Dame and Place Dauphine are). I adore its narrow streets, crooked houses, and the feeling of being in an oasis…where everything happens to be more expensive (relative to the rest of Paris) because crossing bridges is involved. It’s fairly touristy, or at least it feels more touristy than other parts of the city, probably because everything is condensed into just a few short blocks, with only one street down the middle. And while there is some staggering architecture, most of the island remains unchanged from how it looked in the 17th and 18th centuries, when it was redeveloped from a cattle pasture to housing for wealthy Parisians of the day under King Louis XIII. Today it’s mostly famous for the Berthillon ice cream shop on Rue Saint-Louis en l’Île, and the lines are always down the block.

Other Paris Details of Note: Well, it happened yesterday: I passed the one month mark, which means my time here on this adventure is officially half over. I’d be lying if I said that didn’t terrify and depress me all at once. Where did the last 30 days go? How did they slip away so quickly?? How do I slow down the next 30?

8 thoughts on “Wandering the Île Saint-Louis

  1. Beautiful! And I hope you ate all the ice cream. Already half over??? That’s so crazy. Make the next month count!

  2. That last shot makes me feel like I can step right onto the streets of Paris :-) I can’t believe you’ve been there a whole month already!!

  3. this does not help my overwhelming and most desperate desires to visit Paris. so beautiful.

    and it does seem to have gone quickly. it’s not surprising, you know what they say about time flying when you are having fun. just stay in the moment, and know you can always return. xo

  4. I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but once again lovely photographs. I love the stone grotesques. As my old art professor would state: “Creppy, but that’s the charm.”

    *sigh* Flowers!

  5. J’adore cette ile, elle a une charme fou ! Le glacier je ne le connais pas, je note l’adresse pour la prochaine fois…
    C’est incroyable comme le temps passe! Tu as déjà consumé la moitié de ton rêve parisien ! Profite le maximum de l’autre moitié ! xo xo

  6. SO frustrating that I’ve been away from the computer and I’ve missed all these lovely posts. We loved the Île de la Cité on our visit last summer, and I’d love to scoot over to this tiny spot sometime. You’ve made it look lovely and not touristy at all.

    Halfway over is nothing. Barely a milestone. You have tons of time left. Trust. XO

  7. beautiful pictures. I love looking at all your photos. I have a hard time photographing Paris because I know it too well and often feel like it’s a bit like a museum, with not much changing. it’s good to see the city through someone else’s eyes :)

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