Continuing my tour of Paris, with a few addresses that will hopefully be useful to you on your next trip here. In no particular order and by no means exhaustive, just a few places to check out.
Today we are in the 4th arrondissement, stretching from the river back to the Place de la Bastille … here are a few that I would recommend:
Notre Dame cathedral – admire the gargoyles, wonder at the technology behind an edifice like this being built in the 13th century
Ile Saint Louis, wander around or just walk through as you cross the river. Buy an ice cream at Berthillon and take five minutes to walk down to the river edge and enjoy the peace and sunshine.
Villa D’Estrees hotel – great place to stay for that luxurious feel
Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais – old fashioned over the top charm
Shoah Memorial – a remarkable memorial museum dedicated to the Jewish population of Paris. Well laid out and informative. A good one to do with children studying second world war at school.
BHV is the name that Parisians give to this department store. The Bazar de l’Hotel de Ville is its full name, and it is a reliable address for hardware in particular.
The 17th century Place des Vosges is maybe the most emblematic spot in the 4th arrondissement. The history of this carefully preserved square is fascinating, and you may think it worthwhile to find a guide to talk you through it.
On the Place des Vosges, is the small Victor Hugo Museum. His former apartment where he lived for 16 years and from where he wrote some of his most famous novels.
And finally where to eat … no problem in this part of Paris to find little bistrots or brasseries, I enjoyed a lunch at the Bar du Marché
If you missed them, here are my step-by-steps around the other arrondissements so far: