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2. Île de la Cité, the Heart of Paris

The Île de la Cité is one of only two natural islands that remain in Paris. It's also the biggest. These days, tourists and locals alike stride across the square of Parvis Notre-Dame, on their way to work, cafés, and museums. The square, which is in front of Notre-Dame's bell towers, is the location of France's "Kilometre Zero." Sort of like the mile marker from which distances from France are calculated.

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