"The 3rd and 4th Arrondissements..." Arrondissements - Sections of Paris Tip by Lady_Mystique

  Backside of 'Notre Dame'
by Lady_Mystique

Favorite thing: Major portions of the 3rd and 4th arrondissements... make up the Marais ("swamp"), a neighborhood popular with visitors.

It is noted for its picturesque streets; 18th century "hotels particuliers"; the elegant Places des Vosges; boutiques; galleries; and an animated cafe and nightlife that includes the gay scene.

There are excellent museums in the Marais, e.g. the Musee National Picasso, and the Musee Carnavalet, which is dedicated to the history of Paris. The rue de Rosiers in the Marais is the historic centre of the Jewish community in Paris.

Other "quartiers" in the 3rd and 4th include Beaubourg, Temple, Arsenal, and the Bastille.

The 4th contains the Centre Georges-Pompidou; Musee National d'Art Moderne, and the magnificent Cathedral Notre Dame, and most of the Ile de la Cite, along with the Ile St. Louis, a primarily residential area. And while not an area with major tourist attractions, the Ile St. Louis is popular for its romantic charm and central location.

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  • Updated Aug 31, 2006
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