FInding a Place in Paris — The Latin Quarter

posted by Sharon September 23, 2014 12 Comments
Paris Sorbonne

Planning a trip to Paris? One of your first decisions may be what neighborhood to stay in as your home base. Twenty arrondissements spiral out from the island in the center of the sprawling city. After some study, I chose the 4th, also known as the Latin Quarter. And we felt at home there on arrival.

Here you’ll find the Sorbonne, a university system that dates back to the 1200s. The school today is spread over different campuses, but the stately buildings in the Latin Quarter house the heart of the school.

We stayed across the street in a tiny, clean hotel with a friendly desk staff.

Every time we ventured out, we were treated to views like this.

Around the corner from our hotel you’ll find the Place de la Sorbonne. This is a square flanked by sidewalk cafes out of storybook Paris. People living here walk their dogs, take their kids to school, and rush to work.

We enjoyed a breakfast of croissants and cafe au lait outside, watching the neighbors plunge into their day. In the evenings, we dined in the same restaurant while around us local friends met and students held animated discussions.

The Latin Quarter holds layers of history. For example, during World War II, resistance workers built barricades of furniture in these streets to defy the Nazis. But today, it is home to Parisians whose lives may be much like mine. And for a few magical days, we were a part of life here.

No matter where we ventured each day, when we walked around the corner of the Place de la Sorbonne in the evening, we knew we were “home.”

Linking up with Texture Tuesday, Wednesday Around the World, and Sweet Shot Tuesdays. Photo edited with Kim Klassen’s texture kk-BB1.

 

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elizabethfstewart September 23, 2014 at 5:38 am

Going to Paris would be my dream trip of a lifetime!

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Donna September 23, 2014 at 9:47 am

What a lovely visit to Paris you have given me! Your photos and descriptions gave me a glimpse of the city – its texture and light -as only a photographer could. So happy for you that you were able to have this adventure.

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Michelle B September 23, 2014 at 11:38 am

Looks absolutely wonderful!! I bet you have thousands more beautiful photos to go through. 🙂 Thanks for taking me to Paris this morning.

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Becs September 23, 2014 at 1:06 pm

How lovely. I lived in Paris for a bit (a few years back). This has bought back some lovely memories.

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Tamar September 23, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Giving me the travel bug! What a gorgeous city!

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Thoughts from the Desktop September 23, 2014 at 6:10 pm

I so love the architecture of Paris so different from London, I have never visited that part of Paris thanks for sharing your walk.

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image-in-ing September 23, 2014 at 7:17 pm

Lovely images – glad I stopped by!

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Carol Hart September 23, 2014 at 7:51 pm

It’s been years since I’ve been to Paris. You have captured it so beautifully. Thanks for the memories.

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Earl September 24, 2014 at 4:04 am

What a wonderful series of photos. Back in the 1950’s I stayed in a small local hotel…it was great. And my favorite restaurant was just across the street.

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Marilyn Gallas September 24, 2014 at 5:50 am

Haven’t been here for years, and these beautiful photos bring back so many memories.

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Peabea September 24, 2014 at 9:45 pm

How fun to go on a trip to another country…which will never happen for me so I really enjoyed your sharings. 🙂

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Catherine October 2, 2014 at 6:18 pm

Wonderful choice of neighborhood! I live right off Rue Mouffetard :)… love your cafe shots. Looking forward to seeing more!

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