"Every day I come up to the Quartier Latin"
Latin Quarter
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The Quartier Latin (Latin Quarter) is a warren of medieval lanes and streets situated in both the 5th and 6th arrondissements on Paris’s Left Bank, itself an area forever associated with sedition, Bohemian penury, intellectuals and students. It takes its name from the fact that Latin was the primary language spoken at the university sighted there until 1789.

 

 

 

 

Dense with bistros and café-bars, just as it was in Rhys’s time, the shabby authenticity of the area has been replaced with a harder commercial edge. It is also home to the Sorbonne University.

La Sorbonne
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