• Posted:Thursday, October 29, 2009
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Paris for the thinking traveller

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Paris for the thinking traveller
Sadly, I'm not much of a thinker. Not that I'm particularly stupid or anything, I've just always believed that actions speak louder than words. I mean, come on - my favourite movie is Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. I know that Dr Jones is an archaeologist and everything but his overall philosophy really does seem to be brute force and ignorance. Dumb luck certainly plays a part in his successes anyway. That said, if I were kicking my heels in a hostel in Paris round about now I'd definitely pay a visit to the city's Latin Quarter, which - as website Go Paris affirms - is the region's "traditional centre of great thinking".

According to the web portal, many of the world's most eminent artists, writers and philosophers have trudged their way around the streets of this arrondissement over the years and I for one would very much like to put my big, backpacking feet in their shoes for a brief, yet enlightening, moment. I'd certainly make a pit stop at the Sorbonne University, for example, which has stood proud for centuries, welcoming scores of geniuses into the fold.

And even if you're not that taken with the idea of comparing your brain size to that of the people who have studied in this area, there are lots of little cafes you can sit at and watch the world drift by at its steady, academic pace. I particularly like the Closerie des Lilas, which is famous for a number of literary legends having frequented it - including Ernest Hemingway. Also, there are lots of open-air markets you can spend your euros in, as well as a smattering of gardens that can be enjoyed if the sun is shining. Bonne vacances!

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