Friday, 30th May 2014
Next to Notre Dame Cathedral visit, we started our walking tour from the church going to the Latin Quarter. This place is known for its student life, lively atmosphere and bistros, the Latin Quarter is the home to a number of higher education establishments besides the university itself, such as the École Normale Supérieure, the École des Mines de Paris, Panthéon-Assas University, the Schola Cantorum, and the Jussieu university campus. Other establishments such as the École Polytechnique have relocated in recent times to more spacious settings. The area gets its name from the Latin language, which was once widely spoken in and around the University since Latin was the international language of learning in the Middle Ages.
Then our local guide showed us part of the oldest wall in the city and headed to Square René-Viviani - Montebello where the oldest tree in Paris is planted. The robinia pseudoacacia, a species commonly known as a locust tree, is believed to have been planted by its namesake, Jean Robin (1550–1620), in 1601. The tree can be found at south-west corner of the Square and it's now supported by concrete columns.