L’Ile Saint-Louis has it all. It is central but isolated, beautiful but discrete, vibrant but quiet. L’Ile Saint-Louis is the essence of Paris. Its nest. Its most charming smile. No Parisian fails to notice that. Parisians are all irremediably in love with that island. Indefectible love it is- the type of love you know will never leave you. A love that ends up defining you.
Crossing that island feels good. Serene elegance is soothing. Beyond beautiful, it simply feels like home. You cross the island reassured. Reassured in beauty. This place seems untouched by the vicissitudes of urban life. This island does float.
Parisians make l’Ile Saint-Louis a destination for simple and timeless pleasures. A bike ride with the children, a kiss with a stranger, a gentle stroll with a spouse. Throughout a Parisian life, L’Ile Saint-Louis becomes, year after year, the theater of times to remember. As if of all bike rides, of all kisses and of all strolls, that very one on l’Ile Saint-Louis was more precious. L’Ile Saint-Louis embellishes moments. It gives every instant more depth and more flavour. L’Ile Saint-Louis makes life worth remembering.
Yet, l’Ile Saint-Louis is not a frequent destination for Parisians. L’Ile Saint-Louis pervades the Parisian’s soul. Its beauty can be a cumbersome companion. There is little time for this. Dispossession of self being no Parisian specialty, the Parisian chooses carefully its Ile Saint-Louis moments. Mostly let’s face it for romantic masterplans or Berthillon expeditions. But sometimes, the stroll will have no point but itself. La promenade will in that case always be bitter sweet. Time passing by. Parisians like it bitter sweet.
L’Ile Saint-Louis is like a bottle thrown in Paris’ocean. A promenade there is just a way to try and get to the message inside. The message is hard to read. But some words just seem to be there, everytime. Telling us something.
Something about an island, and a continent.
Useful tip: Go late at night
Sound like a Parisian: “Non, vraiment, si j’avais le choix, mon rêve, ca serait d’avoir un appart’ sur l’Ile Saint-Louis”