We have reached the far end of the island, gone onto the bridge Pont-Neuf, then under a big porch which leads to the old, dark and narrow rue of Nevers, which dates from 13th century.
Let's stop below the porch, and read the verse on the painted arch. This is an excerpt of a text written in 1638 by a young French poet Claude le Petit who described Paris as
"Ridiculous Paris". What it says is that the bridge Pont-Neuf was a resort of thieves; it is easy to picture them at the view of the street. Don't you see them coming from this old street, armed with a cosh to scare and rob the lost passerby? In the
13th century, this street, with the houses behind the bars, was lining the Hôtel of Nesles (replaced later by the Hôtel of Nevers) and the Convent of Grands-Augustins.