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So you’ve  successfully bused/metroed/walked/rolled to St. Chapelle and you see a discouraging visitors queue.  Here’s my alternative suggestion if you’re there on Sunday.

les petit lapin de Paris

les petit lapins de Paris

The Marché aux oiseaux (and lapins!) website says they are open Sundays from 8am to 7 pm.  It is a delightful oasis with no cars and is totally wheelchair accessible. A visit to the pet market will restore your spirits.  And it is astoundingly **right in the middle** of La Cité.

Cité metro sign

Cité metro sign
This picture is indeed of the Metro sign, but you’ll enjoy getting here more if you take an above the ground bus.

p.s. If it’s not Sunday you can still enjoy the oasis of the daily flower and plant market in the same location.