Paris 02

Paris Episode 02 The heart of the city

Île St Louis and Île de la Cité

Surely every tour of Paris should start in the heart of the city, on the two islands which were where the very first settlers made their home, the Île St Louis and the Île de la Cité. We visit the city’s oldest buildings, the Conciergerie and the beautiful Sainte Chapelle Church, linger a little on the Pont Neuf (actually the city’s oldest bridge) and, finally, hear the poignant tale of Paris’ best-known lovers, the 12th century philosophy teacher Abelard and the girl who stole his heart, Héloise.