Our France Adventure travel blog

Switching station at the end of the metro line

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The Seine

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

“Point zero” from which all locations in Paris are measured

Inside

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“open confessionals”

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Joan of Arc

Outside detail

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The flying buttresses

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Lunch

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Locks on a bridge

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Left Bank book sellers

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The Archeological Crypt

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A last look

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Gargoyles

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Rent a bike

Back in the Metro

The concert at Sainte-Chapelle

Excellent!

Sainte-Chapelle at night

A stop at a local pub


We got our first glimpse of the Seine by the cathedral as we walked across the bridge to the large island where the Cathedral of Notre Dame is located. We saw the “point zero” from which all locations in Paris are measured. The line to enter the church was long, but it moved very quickly and soon we were walking under the arches, viewing the stained glass windows, and observing the devout lighting candles. We were impressed by the “open confessionals” - all glass - no little booths with screens between the priest and the penitent. It is amazing that the church was built by generations of peasants who labored for free for over two centuries. The architecture is amazing with flying buttresses to support the outward pressures exerted by the dome and the roof. Perfect counterbalance and great beauty! We ate lunch with a view of the cathedral. Just down the square from the church, went into the Archeological Crypt with uncovered structures from past millennium. Further exploration took us to the Left Bank - famous for artists, authors, and general bohemian life.

After returning to our apartment, we had a quick dinner of left over stew and set out for a fantastic concert at Sainte-Chapelle (the chapel of Louie the 14th) by a very talented group of three violins, viola, cello and harpsichord. The Vivaldi Four Seasons was the featured work with an opening of Pachebel’s Canon in D. We were impressed by the music and by the showmanship exhibited by these six performers. Of course, we bought their CD. As we approached “home” we stopped for a drink at a local pub. A very romantic way to spend the last of our day.

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