This is Saint-Germain-des-Prés, a neighborhood at the west end of the Latin Quarter. It is named after the church you see here, Saint Germain of the Fields. The Brasserie Lipp is one of several famous and rather snooty bars and restaurants here. The Café de Flore is another one. Famous writers (Sartre, Hemingway) used to hang out at these places. The name Les Deux Magots refers to two Chinese figurines that are still visible inside. Most of the people you see milling around this newsstand are tourists. This area also used to be a major publishing center, so this bookstore/stationery store fits right in. They are all on Saint Germain boulevard, seen here, which is also named after the church. Originally, 1400 years ago, there was just the abbey (now a church), and empty fields. This is the bell tower of the church. This is one of the oldest churches in Paris. And here’s a small park on the north side of the church. There’s a small statue in honor of Apollinaire inside. The park is named after Laurent Prache, a former city council member who died in 1919. Some bits and pieces of the original 7th-century church are still visible. This is the view from the street on the north side, Abbey Road (rue de l’Abbaye). This is part of the plaza in front of the church, looking west. The plaza is named after—you guessed it—Saint Germain of the Fields. Let’s step over to Seine Street, still in the same neighborhood. This charming little store sells wine and groceries. Typical neighborhood grocery. Let’s take a quick detour down narrow Visconti Street. Like Seine Street, it’s filled with art galleries that are open on Sundays. But it’s also home to the tiniest park in Paris, the Visconti Street Garden. It’s closed right now because of some structural safety issues with the rear wall. Notice the heavy bracing of the rear wall. The surrounding buildings are 400 years old. There’s one big tree in the park. Anyway, back to where we were (roughly). This is a popular restaurant, La Palette. And it’s on popular Seine Street, with art galleries in every direction. It reminds me of the gallery “art walks” in some other cities, but I prefer this one. The galleries come one after another in some spots. Most of them exhibit and sell modern art. The weather is really nice on this last Sunday of summer. This little garden, with its modern sculpture fountain, is apparently open just to pigeons. The rue de l’Échaudé (Scalded Street), looking south, diagonally across from the fountain. Back to Seine Street, still looking south. One of many quaint, small hotels in the area. Now let’s step over to Dauphine Street. We’re strolling south, towards Buci Street. There are people here all the time, but the nice weather brings out even more. Dauphine, Buci, Mazarine, Saint André des Arts, and Ancienne Comédie Streets all meet here. Two of the many, many shops along this and other streets. Let’s weave through the crowd over to the pedestrian Buci Street. We cross Mazarine Street first. Some of the restaurants around the intersection, with their busy terraces. Now we’re walking west along Buci Street. This well-located café always has every table filled. The adjacent, pedestrian Grégoire de Tours Street (looking south), also chock full o’restaurants. Many of the restaurants have very reasonably priced fixed menus. For one fixed price, you get a choice of appetizer, main dish, and dessert. For €10.80, mussels, French fries, and your choice of drink. This is just a small card and magazine shop, but it’s still charming to look at. You want to go in just to look at the decor and architecture. Looking back north towards Buci Street and a popular ice-cream shop. And looking west again along Buci Street. How about another swift stroll along this street, eh? The street is always crowded, except in the wee hours and just after sunrise. Another restaurant with all tables filled. It can be hard to walk around at times. Looking back the other way, from the popular Paul bakery (all tables filled!). Continuing around the bend of Buci Street, westbound. A side street, Abbey Road, which we were on earlier north of the church. Looking south on Buci Street towards Saint Germain Boulevard. Let’s walk west on Abbey Road and get away from the crowds a bit. The trees you see way in the distance are the park north of the church. That’s where we were a while ago (with the Apollinaire statue). This is a secluded little roundabout and plaza just north of the street. And this is an Oscar-worthy travelling shot without a Steadicam. I just want to give you an idea of how it looks and the streets nearby. Abbey Road straight ahead. The skyline from this street, in late afternoon. Now let’s walk over to Odéon, a popular spot in the neighborhood. There’s a Métro station right in the middle of it. There’s this little snack bar on the pedestrian median. There are several movie theaters nearby. And, oh yes, more cafés, all filled or nearly filled. Looking east in this panoramic shot. This stand sells a huge variety of sweets and candy. Across the boulevard, still more busy cafés and restaurants. There’s a handy bus stop at Odéon, too. This café is outside the Cour du Commerce Saint André. And here’s the photogenic Cour du Commerce, on which I have a separate video. Stuff to see in every direction. The restaurant on this corner serves Sunday brunch. Another entrance to the Cour du Commerce under the arch, Ancienne Comédie Street. Looking in towards the Cour du Commerce and a 1900s-style bistrot. Some of the appetizers on the menu. This is Le Procope, the oldest café in Paris (over 300 years!). People like Robespierre and Ben Franklin dined here. Looks like they have a fixed-price menu at less than €13. These days you’re not limited to French food, though. Japanese, Chinese, Middle Eastern, Indian, anything you want. Back at the corner of Buci and Ancienne Comédie Streets. Pear crumble or baba with rhum—mmm. One last look up Ancienne Comédie Street, and we’re done. Thank you for watching my video.