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Apt. rental on Ile St. Louis in July -too crowded?

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Apt. rental on Ile St. Louis in July -too crowded?

Hello again extremely helpful Paris experts,

I am now choosing and apt. either in St, Germain or on Ile St. Loius. Both are very nice 2 bedrooms (for us and 2 teens). We love both areas but I am leaning towards the Ile because it looks so incredibly quaint and all stores, cafes are so close (our apartment would be extremely close to the famous ice cream store). Hubby prefers St, Germain, thinking the Ile would be jammed with tourists all day long. Both apt.s are similarly priced. Can you give me some insight, especially about how crowded the Ile would be (last week of July).

Thanks you!!

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1. Re: Apt. rental on Ile St. Louis in July -too crowded?

The Ile St.-Louis is going to be jammed up with tourists during the day in July, and not least because of Berthillon. Your husband is right. You couldn't pay me to stay there in July. And it's not going to be quaint when you're shoulder by jowl with hordes of people outside your door.

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2. Re: Apt. rental on Ile St. Louis in July -too crowded?

Dang! Husband right again!!

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3. Re: Apt. rental on Ile St. Louis in July -too crowded?

But Saint-Germain-des-Prés is just as crowded if you stay right around the church. At either location there are places overrun by tourists as well as quieter side streets so make sure the location in St-Germain is not the equivalent of across from Berthillon on Ile St Louis.

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4. Re: Apt. rental on Ile St. Louis in July -too crowded?

I like the Ile but July will be jammed up all day...it is charming but as so many places sometimes the charm becomes lost during peak season. Ilove your photo...your little friend looks just like our dog...so cute.

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5. Re: Apt. rental on Ile St. Louis in July -too crowded?

It's jammed now and it's mid-January.

We used to walk rue Saint-Louis en l'Île years ago but it's become too unpleasant to include it on our exercise walks as of late. It's become a tourist mecca that makes rue Cler look like a remote French village in comparison.

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