Île Saint-Louis Magic!
Favorite places in Paris – how does one choose! We always seem to return … again and again … to that charming petite island in the center of the Seine – Île Saint-Louis. It seems we have wandered about every square inch of the island, along the quays, through galleries and boutiques, in every sort of restaurant and café.
Our flood of memories includes our charming vacation rental overlooking the school yard, where children played happily and lined up ever so politely for snacks. Stopping for lunch at our favorite crêperie – Au Lys d’Argent, we enjoy delicious quiche and crepes with a pichet of wine, before heading across the street to the little shop that always includes a lacy leaf or other such decorative item on our purchase. Down the street, the chocolate shop whispers “visit now”, so of course we do! Again, our purchase is carefully tucked into an elegant bag.
Stepping inside of the historic and charming Saint-Louis-en-l’Île Church (dating to 1675!) offers quiet moments of reflection among the quaint rush-seated chairs under soaring ceilings. We even stopped by the church on a crisp March evening to leave a raincoat and some sweaters with the priest in the hope they would be shared with someone in need.
Walking along the river, stopping at sunset to watch the golden light fall across Paris, the island offers us such special moments and so much gratitude for the privilege of enjoying The City of Light!