Le Vieux Paris

Walking the Île de la Cité

Anne Harrison
Feb 7, 2020 · 7 min read
Sunset in Paris © A. Harrison

Where else to begin exploring Paris, but where the city began? Walking through the Île de la Cité covers some 4000 years of civilisation, from when the first Gauls settled here, to those living statues who daily pose outside Notre-Dame for tourists.

Paris began her life on a boat-shaped island in the middle of the Seine. The city’s coat of arms proudly displays a…