“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”
This part of the 5th arrondissement got its name thanks to the nearby Sorbonne University. When the Sorbonne was founded in the 12th century, all teaching was in Latin, and that's what students spoke outside. You won’t find Latin speakers here anymore, though the Sorbonne building does still preside over the boulevard Saint-Michel. It's now a heavily touristic area with overpriced restaurants and t-shirt shops, avoided by Parisians. Still, there are points of interest like the Cluny baths built during Roman Times, and the exquisite Saint-Séverin cathedral.