There are several streets in the Latin Quarter that are given over mainly to pedestrian traffic. In the foreground is the rue de Buci, which merges into the rue St. André des Arts at the intersection up ahead. Here on the rue St. André des Arts, you can see the entrance to the tiny and charming Cour du Commerce, a purely pedestrian, cobblestone-paved street lined with shops and restaurants. It dates from the twelfth century. Within it you’ll find the small courtyard where the guillotine was first tested (on sheep!), and a fragment of the old city wall of Philippe Auguste. A restaurant called the Procope, which adjoins this street, has been around for 400 years, and has served the likes of Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. Like many small streets and galleries of its kind in Paris, this street is filled with a rather eclectic assortment of small, quirky shops and atmospheric cafés, which are interesting to visit in themselves. Visitors often tell me that this part of Paris “Looks like Paris is supposed to look” … whatever that means! Souvenir shops and a Métro station on the place St. André des Arts. There’s no shortage of souvenirs in this neighborhood! There are endless snack shops and modest restaurants in this area as well. You can find almost anything you want. The place St. Michel, with its large fountain and open plaza, is often considered the heart of the Latin Quarter. This band was playing on the plaza itself. My intuition tells me they are American, but I don’t really know. Since I’m a charitable soul, I won’t comment on their musical talent. They attracted a crowd, but it’s easy to attract a crowd in touristy parts of town. And pickpockets love it when tourists are distracted like this. You can see the fountain here, as people cross the boulevard Saint Michel, which is more or less the main streeet in the Latin Quarter. You’re looking roughly southwest. East of the boulevard St. Michel is a maze of twisty little streets, all different. This is the rue de la Harpe (“Harp Street”). A bit further south on the same street. That’s the boulevard Saint Germain at the end of the street. The rue Saint Séverin runs east from the rue de la Harpe. And the rue Xavier Privas runs north from the rue Saint Severin. It’s a narrow, enchanting little street lined with restaurants. There are lots of Greek restaurants here, which seems bizarre until you realize that there’s a large Melkite Greek Catholic church just east of this neighborhood. This is the rue de la Huchette, which also runs east-west in this pedestrian area. You’re looking west, towards the fountain. And this is looking the opposite way, towards the east (towards Notre-Dame, although you can’t see it here). Lots of people! The boulevard Saint Michel runs north-south right through the middle of the Latin Quarter. It’s a busy, one-way street. Listen for the fire truck, with its distinctive two-tone siren, just like the movies! The boulevard Saint Michel has lots of shops as well, many of which cater to the large student population in this part of Paris. Mostly trendy, young, (relatively) inexpensive merchandise … very different from districts like the Sixteenth! The iconic Joseph Gibert student bookstores. Starbucks came suddenly to Paris a few years ago, and now they are everywhere, for better or for worse. The boulevard Saint Germain runs east-west, and it’s just as clogged with traffic as the boulevard Saint Michel. The Sorbonne university dates from the 12th century. An arthouse cinema is nearby on the same street (rue des Écoles). The place de la Sorbonne is a wonderful, small plaza in front of the dome of the Sorbonne. A nice fountain and places to eat and drink. In summertime, this area becomes hugely crowded, with zillions of people eating and drinking outdoors. The inside rooms of these restaurants tend to remain empty in good weather (and because they have no A/C, in summer). At the bottom of the rue de la Harpe, there’s a “MacDo,” for those who can’t stand crêpes or Greek gyro sandwiches. The crêpe stand next door looks more popular, though. After tasting a French crêpe, you’ll understand why. There are traditional French restaurants between the Greek places and the fast-food restaurants. And souvenir shops everywhere you turn. There are dozens of crêpe stands in the Latin Quarter, plus a dozen sit-down crêpe restaurants as well. Crêpes with Nutella filling (chocolate and hazelnut paste) seem to be the most popular. There’s always a crowd in the Latin Quarter, except early in the morning. As night falls, the same streets (here the rue St. Séverin) develop a different but equal charm. Care for some roasted pig, or shredded lamb? In the evenings, the very well-known Latin Quarter jazz club Caveau de la Huchette features famous jazz artists. The Shakespeare & Company bookstore was near the Odéon in Hemingway’s time, but it has been here near the banks of the Seine River for many decades. These cafés and restaurants seem especially cozy to me at dusk. In this part of town (well, everywhere in Paris), souvenir shops are open into the evening. This is one of the excursion boats operated by the Bateaux-Mouche, the most popular excursion boat company in the city, in hot competition with the Bateaux-Parisiens, Vedettes du Pont Neuf, and many others. That’s it. Thank you for watching my video.