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Light Filled Ile Saint Louis Studio

Paris, IDF, FR
Firstly here is a link, which you will need to copy and paste to your browser, to a 3D Virtual Tour of our apartment - http://s430790421.onlinehome.fr/Visites%20virtuelles/PL/LEGR23%202008131000/Living%20room_1.html In a very beautiful building on...
Liam Lenehan's review:
2-person studio with amazing timber beam, tall light filled French windows, minimalist decoration and furnishings and a smart kitchen corner. Great location on the wonderful Ile saint Louis in the centre of Paris ! Great price !

Notre Dame Cathedral

6 Parvis Notre-Dame, Paris 75004 FrancePhone: +33 1 4234 5610Distance: 1.1 mi
Paris's finest church is a great example of Gothic architecture. It sits on the western edge of the Île de la Cité, an island in the middle of the Seine river that was once the center of medieval Paris. Construction on the masterpiece began in the 1160's, and cathedral immediately became a center of the religious world in France (the call to the Third Crusade was announced from within its unfinished walls). The towering church features the largest organ in France and a stained-glass window donated by King Saint Louis. In 1944, the church bells rang here to announce that Paris had been liberated from the Germans.
Liam Lenehan's review:
5 minutes walk from our studio to the world's most famous cathedral !

Brasserie de L'Isle Saint-Louis

55 Quai de Bourbon, Paris, FranceDistance: 0.17 mi
Liam Lenehan's review:
3 minutes walk to probably my favourite brasserie in Paris. See my review of it on my blog - http://parisapartmentsbynumbers.wordpress.com/2009/12/07/my-favourite-brasserie-in-paris/

Mon Vieil Ami

rue saint Louis en l'Ile, 75004 parisDistance: 1.4 mi
Liam Lenehan's review:
Mon Vieil Ami is not a vegetarian restaurant. But whether you go for it’s vegetarian menu or enjoy it’s meat and fish menu, the focal point for every dish is always the vegetable. In a lovely space on Ile Saint Louis (reservation always recommended), this restaurant is definitely worth devoting an evening to.

L'Auberge de la Reine Blanche

30 rue Saint Louis en l'Ile, 75004 ParisDistance: 1.4 mi
Liam Lenehan's review:
Number 30 rue Saint Louis en l’Ile (4 doors away from our studio) is where you will find l’Auberge de la Reine Blanche and, in my book, the best overall €25 three course dinner formule on the island !

Sainte Chapelle

4 Boulevard du Palais, Paris 75001, FrancePhone: +33 1 53 40 60 80Distance: 1.11 mi
La Sainte-Chapelle is a chapel on the Ile de la Cite in Paris, France. It is wildly considered one of the foremost examples of Gothic architecture in the world. The chapel was completed in 1248 and stood untouched until the French Revolution, when it was unceremoniously destroyed. It was originally built to house Kind Louis IX’s collection of relics, including what he believed to be Christ’s crown of thorns. Sainte-Chapelle is home to what many consider to be the world’s most beautiful and intricate stained glass, though much is re-creation based on original documents.
Liam Lenehan's review:
Probably the best stained glass window in the world - Saint Chapelle is on Ile de la Cite near Notre dame so only 1o minutes walk across the pedestrian bridge linking the two islands !

Basilique du Sacre-Coeur

Rue du Chevalier-de-la-Barre 35, Paris 75018 FrancePhone: +33 1 5341 8900Distance: 4.23 mi
Sacre-Coeur Basilica is a Roman Catholic church in Paris, France. It is located at the peak of Montmartre, the highest point in Paris. The basilica is one of Paris’ most iconic images, with its stark white silhouette visible from many points in the city. The entire building is constructed of travertine, a type of stone that produces calcite, a mineral that gives the church its pure white color. A beautiful mosaic and artfully constructed crypts are of particular interest within the church. Services are held regularly in the church, and tourists are expected to dress and behave appropriately at all times.
Liam Lenehan's review:
You can take metro line 4 to Montmartre from Cite station which is 10 minutes walk from our studio. A 20 minute journey on the metro and then take a ride in the funicular (metro tickets eligible) to Sacre Coeur.

Eiffel Tower

5 avenue Anatole France, Paris 75007 FrancePhone: +33 1 4411 2323Distance: 3.83 mi
Built in 1889 by Gustave Eiffel, the 'Iron Woman' is the symbol of not only the City of Lights, but of France. At 1,063 feet, she's long lost her claim to fame as tallest gal in the world — the Chrysler building took her spot way back in 1930 — but she's still quite a looker. The line to go up the stairs or to the elevator is always long but the view up there is worth the wait. To admire the tower from afar, grab at a table outside at the Musee du Quai Branly.
Liam Lenehan's review:
A must see of course and from Ile saint Louis the best way is to take the Batobus hop-on, hop-off river boat up the Seine. A great way to see the city and approach the Eiffel Tower, especially after dusk when the tower sparkles for 5 minutes on the hour, every hour !

Centre Georges Pompidou

19 Rue Beaubourg, Paris, FrancePhone: 01 44 78 47 99Distance: 1.09 mi
Centre Georges Pompidou is an art complex in the Beaubourg area of Paris. The center is known for its innovative architecture and public art displays. The principle feature of the center is a large building that houses a public library, the French National Museum of Modern Art and a music research center. This striking building was designed by an architecture team lead by Renzo Piano, and is marked by an “inside-out” approach in which all of the traditionally internal piping and venting are housed externally. The center also is home to multiple art installations and water features, which delight locals and tourists every day of the year.
Liam Lenehan's review:
There is only one Pompidou Centre and people love it or hate it ! You can walk there in 20 minutes from our apartment. it is worth seeing and it does host some fantastic exhibitions.

Louvre Museum

34 Quai du Louvre, Paris 75001 FrancePhone: +33 1 4020 5824Distance: 1.87 mi
For museum lovers, this is the art mothership. Originally built as a 12th century fortress, it was turned into a royal palace in the 14th century. The latest addition is architect I.M. Pei's glass pyramid, a controversially modern update to the oh-so-traditional building that allows sunlight to filter to the underground lobby. There is enough art for a lifetime on display here; three wings and about 35,000 pieces, to be exact. Look for the crowds of visitors to steal a glimpse at a much-smaller-in-real-life Mona Lisa hiding behind them.
Liam Lenehan's review:
Probably the most famous museum in the world within a 20 minute walk of our studio

Musee d'Orsay

62 rue de Lille, Paris 75007 FrancePhone: +33 1 4049 4814Distance: 2.22 mi
The best museum in Paris (in this traveler's opinion, anyway) and quite a bit less crowded/expensive than some other, more famous, museums in Paris (Musee du Louvre, I'm looking at you!) and it has all the impressionist art, beautiful sculptures, and interesting visiting exhibits you could ever want. For the best experience, the museum stays open until 9:15 pm (that's extra late) on Thursdays only. It's the best time to go as far fewer people will be in the wandering the halls.
Liam Lenehan's review:
Amazing building, amazing art collection - particularly if you love the Impressionists ! Walk to Musee d'Orsay from our apartment or take the hop-on, hop-off batobus boat from Ile Saint Louis and enjoy Paris from the Seine.

Paris Plages

Distance: 1.36 mi
Inaugurated in 2002, Paris Beach (or "Paris Plage" in French) is a free summer event that transforms several spots in Paris into full-fledged beaches, each with a distinct theme.
Liam Lenehan's review:
Every summer (mid July to end Aug) the berges/banks of the Seine beneath Ile Saint Louis are converted to a beach with all the seaside amenities from deck chairs to ice cream vendors - bring your swim wear ! - read more about it in my blog - http://parisapartmentsbynumbers.wordpress.com/2011/08/02/paris-plage-july-20th-to-august-20th/


Quai Branly, Paris 75007 FrancePhone: +33 1 47 42 90 56Distance: 0.44 mi
The Seine is a major river flowing from Saint-Seine (a town close to Dijon in the country’s eastern interior) to the English Channel., a distance of over four hundred and eighty six miles. The river is used extensively for commercial purposes and flows directly though multiple cities and towns, including Paris. It has become a symbol of the city and country through its continued presence in art and cultural reference.
Liam Lenehan's review:
Our studio is on Ile Saint Louis in the middle of the Seine in the middle of Paris ! Enjoy sunny picnics amongst the locals on the berges (banks) of the Seine below our apartment.


Place du Pantheon, Paris 75005 FrancePhone: +33 1 44 32 18 00Distance: 1.14 mi
Some of the most distinguished French luminaries are buried at the Panthéon in Paris, including Voltaire, the Curies and Victor Hugo. The mausoleum features a neoclassical style, with a façade designed like the Pantheon in Rome. Its beautiful interior includes grand columns, vibrant frescoes and a dome rising 83 meters high. Built in the second half of the 18th century, the Panthéon was commissioned by King Louis XV for the patron saint of Paris, Saint-Genevieve.
Liam Lenehan's review:
Cross from Ile saint Louis to the left bank and stroll up to the Sorbonne University and the Pantheon. Enjoy the building, the university ambiance and visit the tombs of France's most revered citizens.

Place de la Bastille

Place de la Bastille, Paris 75004 FrancePhone: +33 1 47 42 90 56 (Ministry of Tourism)Distance: 0.94 mi
The Place de la Bastille is the former site of the Bastille prison before its destruction during the French Revolution. While the outline of the original fort is marked on streets and sidewalks, there is no other physical remains of the building. The July Column, an impressive monument displaying the names of Parisians who died during the revolution, sits in the middle of the square to commemorate the revolution's three pivotal days in July 1830. Today, the culturally rich area is home to the Bastille Opera, concert halls, markets, cafes, and nightclubs.
Liam Lenehan's review:
15 minutes walk from Ile saint Louis to the birthplace of the French Revolution and the new Paris Opera

Père-Lachaise Cemetery

Rue du Repos 16, Paris 75020 FrancePhone: +33 0 1 43 70 7033Distance: 2.43 mi
The spirits of nineteenth and twentieth century luminaries like Isadora Duncan, Edith Piaf, Chopin, and, perhaps most famously, Jim Morrison, seem to waft through the tranquil air at Pere-Lachaise. In addition to notable graves are sculptures and gardens adding to the serene, peaceful vibe on the edge of Paris.
Liam Lenehan's review:
Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison and many more famous people are buried here. It is a great place to stroll and read the epitaphs ! Catch a metro to get yourself there in 20 minutes.

Les Galeries Lafayette

40 Boulevard Haussmann, Paris 75008 FrancePhone: +33 1 42 82 34 56Distance: 2.96 mi
Built in 1894, the Galeries Lafayette is a historic French department store and haven of Parisian style.The resplendent main hall has an impressive array of perfumes, accessories and other products. With all the best designers, perfumes, and even gourmet section, the Galeries remain an important shopping destination.
Liam Lenehan's review:
Line 7 metro (pink line) from nearby Pont Marie station will have you at Opera in 10 minutes. There you will find Les Grand Magasins de Paris - Galeries Lafayette and Printemps. Wonderful shopping, eating and people watching !

Brasserie Lipp

151, Boulevard Saint Germain, Paris 75006 FrancePhone: +33 1 4548 7293Distance: 2.02 mi
Liam Lenehan's review:
130 years serving the best of brasserie fare and still going strong. Brasserie Lipp in Saint Germain is 20 minutes walk or 2 metro stops from our apartment. Fid you know that the big clock hanging from the middle of it's ceiling runs 7 minutes fast and has done so for as long as anyone can remember. Why? - it takes 7 minutes to walk form Lipp to the National Assembly so Parliamentarians can leave there at the prescribed time for a vote and still be in time to cast their vote!