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L'Ile Saint Louis and the Hôtel de Sens

After a quick visit to Église Saint-Gervais and Saint-Protais, we had lunch on the Ile Saint Louis and then walked to the ancient Hôtel de Sens for a fun art exhibit.

Hotel de Ville (city hall) of Paris from the back

Hotel de Ville (city hall) of Paris from the back

May 21, 2019 — Day 12 (Tuesday)

Église Saint-Gervais-et-Saint-Protais - Facade

Église Saint-Gervais-et-Saint-Protais - Facade

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The day started bright and sunny so we foolishly decided to leave our umbrellas at home. We walked to our Metro stop and took the Metro to Hôtel de Ville for the start of one of Ed’s Paris Walks (#10). We exited the Metro and got our bearings and soon arrived at St. Gervais Church (Église Saint-Gervais and Saint-Protais). The sun was shining through the wonderful stained glass windows in the soaring church. There are very old windows but there are also five marvelous modern stained glass windows by Sylvie Gaudin (and Claude Courageux). There is a stunning oak crucifix by Antoine-Augustin Préault along with a beautiful old clock, sculptures and several paintings. It is a beautiful church on a small peaceful square.

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Nave and the Clock of Église Saint-Gervais-et-Saint-Protais

Nave and the Clock of Église Saint-Gervais-et-Saint-Protais

Église Saint-Gervais-et-Saint-Protais

Église Saint-Gervais-et-Saint-Protais

Église Saint-Gervais-et-Saint-Protais - Stained Glass by Sylvie Gaudin

Église Saint-Gervais-et-Saint-Protais - Stained Glass by Sylvie Gaudin

Église Saint-Gervais-et-Saint-Protais - Stained Glass by Jean Chastellain

Église Saint-Gervais-et-Saint-Protais - Stained Glass by Jean Chastellain

Église Saint-Gervais-et-Saint-Protais<br />Oak Crucifix by Antoine-Augustin Préault

Église Saint-Gervais-et-Saint-Protais
Oak Crucifix by Antoine-Augustin Préault

Église Saint Gervais et Saint Protais<br />The Pieta of Jean-Pierre Cortot (1787-1843) surrounded by the worshiping angels of Leboeuf-Nanteuil

Église Saint Gervais et Saint Protais
The Pieta of Jean-Pierre Cortot (1787-1843) surrounded by the worshiping angels of Leboeuf-Nanteuil

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Église Saint Gervais et Saint Protais from rue des Barres (the back)

Église Saint Gervais et Saint Protais from rue des Barres (the back)


We stopped at the religious book store on rue des Barres looking for a book about the stained glass but had no luck. Wandered around the corner and up rue du Pont Louis-Phillippe and turned right onto Rue François Miron to discover two marvelous medieval half-timbered houses. We continued through the Marais and found some quaint little shops including spices from the Middle East and Aux Merveilleuse, a patisserie, where two young ladies were having a grand time finishing the little cakes in the window. We started passing cafés and checking menus and finally decided to lunch on the Isle Saint-Louis so we walked over and started checking menus. We ended up at La Brasserie de l’Isle Saint-Louis with a very nice older waiter who reminded us of Tony, one of our ushers at church. Ed got Coq au Riesling and I got the daily special of Osso Buco, both good. However, the Berthillon’s ice cream was the star of the meal. Our delightful waiter gave Ed a chocolate with my coffee . . .

Place Baudoyer, a market place beside Église Saint Gervais et Saint Protais

Place Baudoyer, a market place beside Église Saint Gervais et Saint Protais

Corner of rue Grenier sur l'Eau and rue des Barres in Paris

Corner of rue Grenier sur l'Eau and rue des Barres in Paris

Chez Julien at the corner of rue des Barres and rue de l'Hôtel de Ville<br />Notice the lady on the left with her beret-wearing dog

Chez Julien at the corner of rue des Barres and rue de l'Hôtel de Ville
Notice the lady on the left with her beret-wearing dog

Dog wearing a Beret next to Chez Julien on rue des Barres in Paris

Dog wearing a Beret next to Chez Julien on rue des Barres in Paris

Artisan Chocolatier en Provence on rue du Pont Louis-Philippe

Artisan Chocolatier en Provence on rue du Pont Louis-Philippe

Aux Merveilleuse at the corner of  rue du Pont Louis-Philippe and rue François Miron

Aux Merveilleuse at the corner of rue du Pont Louis-Philippe and rue François Miron

Aux Merveilleuse at the corner of  rue du Pont Louis-Philippe and rue François Miron

Aux Merveilleuse at the corner of rue du Pont Louis-Philippe and rue François Miron

Products from Israel and the Middle East on rue François Miron

Products from Israel and the Middle East on rue François Miron

Au Bourguignon du Marais Restaurant on rue François Miron

Au Bourguignon du Marais Restaurant on rue François Miron

Maison à l'enseigne du faucheur, <br />half-timbered houses on rue François Miron - Paris

Maison à l'enseigne du faucheur,
half-timbered houses on rue François Miron - Paris

Fontaine Wallace at One rue du Rivoli

Fontaine Wallace at One rue du Rivoli

Pont Marie crossing the Seine

Pont Marie crossing the Seine

La Brasserie de l’Isle Saint-Louis

La Brasserie de l’Isle Saint-Louis

La Brasserie de l’Isle Saint-Louis

La Brasserie de l’Isle Saint-Louis

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Buskers on the Pont St. Louis

Buskers on the Pont St. Louis

Walked to my favorite scarf store, Diwali’s, and didn’t find anything I particularly liked. Their prices have easily doubled which didn’t help. It was sprinkling when we left and soon turned to a very hard rain. We waited under a construction overhead until I ran down to a tabac and bought an umbrella. That effectively stopped the rain! What power . . .

We walked on to the Hôtel de Sens/Bibliotheque Forney for the exposition, “A Life in Colors, from Matisse to Prévert” of book illustrations by Jacqueline Duhême. They were children’s books and thoroughly charming. We left in search of the ancient Paris city wall and had no trouble finding it since it was surrounded by tour groups. Continued to Place du Marché Sainte-Catherine that was very quiet on a rainy day. Stopped at Église Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis on our way to the Metro station and finally hopped the Metro home stopping for bread on the way. Good day.

The Hôtel de Sens - the Gardens

The Hôtel de Sens - the Gardens

The Hôtel de Sens

The Hôtel de Sens

The Hôtel de Sens - Forney Library

The Hôtel de Sens - Forney Library

The Hôtel de Sens - Forney Library - note the door handles

The Hôtel de Sens - Forney Library - note the door handles

The Hôtel de Sens

The Hôtel de Sens

Fontaine du Lycee Charlemagne

Fontaine du Lycee Charlemagne

Place du Marché Sainte-Catherine

Place du Marché Sainte-Catherine

A lonely tuba player passing through Place du Marché Sainte-Catherine

A lonely tuba player passing through Place du Marché Sainte-Catherine

Église Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis

Église Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis

Église Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis - Nave

Église Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis - Nave

Église Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis - Altar

Église Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis - Altar

Église Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis

Église Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis

Église Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis - Dome

Église Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis - Dome

Église Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis - Organ

Église Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis - Organ

Saint Paul Metro Stop

Saint Paul Metro Stop

Posted by Beausoleil 15:06 Archived in France Tagged paris france saint-gervais ile_saint_louis hotel_de_sens saint-protais

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I could look at photos of Paris all day and never get tired of them. As for the umbrella? I've never been to Paris when it didn't rain.

by littlesam1

Lovely photos with lots of hidden details. I have never seen those medieval houses on rue François Miron, even though I was in that neighborhood just a couple weeks ago.
I remember the Hotel de Sens from a VirtualTourist tour at the big meeting in 2011.

by Nemorino

What a lovely day, even by Parisian standards! I've never visited St Gervais but clearly must :) The Ile Saint Louis is favourite spot of mine and of course Berthillon ices are a must And I love the lizard/dragon/??? door handles!!

by ToonSarah

Sarah, I think the door handles are salamanders. They were a commonly used symbol.

Larry, the only times we've been to Paris when it didn't rain were on a couple very short trips . . . like two or three days before we left for someplace else. I have no idea why we didn't take our umbrellas that day, probably a combination of weather report and a beautiful morning. We should have known better!

Don, we were surprised by the half-timbered houses. We saw three that day. Wonder how they've managed to escape all the fires?

by Beausoleil

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