Thursday, January 29, 2015

{Travel} European Vacation-Paris Day 5 (Notre Dame)

The adventure continues!
It was the day after Christmas and we were going to take it easy after spending Christmas day at Disneyland Paris.
We slept in and went to  Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris.
The lines were long here as well but they moved pretty steadily and we didn't have to wait long.
I got to capture some of the gargoyles on top of the cathedral while we were in line.
We had been to Notre Dame in Montreal and wanted to see the original (the one in Montreal is a replica of this one).
There were warnings about pick pockets here as well.
Admission is free.
You don't need to speak French to understand how old this building is.
There was a mass going on while we were there.
The place is massive with lots of alcoves and gorgeous stained glass windows.
A tiny replica of the cathedral.
Family selfie outside.

We explored the area around the cathedral.

{the back side of Notre Dame}
Parisian artist displaying his work
The English bookstore Shakespeare & Company was right across the street.

Parisian vendors
Pont des Arts/Lock Bridge
Lovers locks along the bridge (the tradition is to write you and your loved one's names on a lock and attach it to the bridge, then throw away the key to symbolize unbreakable love).  It's gotten out of control and we saw locks on other bridges too.

Walking around the city...
I couldn't stop taking photos of the bridges and beautiful architecture.
We were heading toward Ile Saint-Louis but stopped in the Latin Quarter for lunch.
We had lunch at Cafe Rim Pizzeria (38 Rue St Severine) and I got another Salad Chevre Chaud.  This one had little toasted slices of baguette topped with warm goat cheese on a bed of lettuce and tomatoes and sprinkled with walnuts.
Ile Saint-Louis is one of the two natural islands in the Seine River.  It's a picturesque neighborhood full of cute shops, cafes and bistros.
We stopped into this sweet shop (La Cure Gourmande) and they kept giving us samples.
Everything was delicious!
We were looking for Berthillon gelato but the main store was closed.
We were able to find it at another store that carried the famous gelato. Score!
I got the caramel ginger.
We took a cab back to our neighborhood (this view never gets old!), happy to to be back at the apartment.
These were the doors to the courtyard of our apartment building (we had to enter a code to unlock the doors). #sofancy

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Tamar SB said...

That stained glass!!! Wow! I heard the Lock Bridge is actually at risk for falling apart from the weight, insane!

Jules said...

Another beautiful day in Paris.....those stained glass windows and really all of the cathedral are just stunning! The family selfie outside of Notre Dame is the best!!!! I would have had to buy bigger pants after all the treats....yummy!

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Is it an illusion or are those apartments very close to the Eiffel Tower? Wow. You've got me wanting to go to Paris this very moment.

Carla from The River said...

FUN! Thank you for showing us Notre Dame. I was just talking about Notre Dame the other day. The love locks are very interesting. Cool photo of it.

Unknown said...

Were u able to get to St. Michelle across the street from Notee Dame? The most beautiful stained glass I've ever seen. Better Half shot an escargot shell across a restaurant floor in St. Louis! He will never live that down :)

Jessica @ Barefoot by the Sea said...

This is beyond amazing, I love your detailed pictures. The architecture is amazing, and I am truly enjoying learning more about the places you've visited. Those Lovers Locks are interesting, I've never heard of such a thing! I'd definetely enjoy this trip - the Caramel Ginger would be the icing on the cake - or, on the gelato ;) So fun! Thanks for sharing!

Becky said...

Sooo, no lock for you? Haha. The cathedral is just beautiful :)

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Wow what wonderful photos of you and your family visiting Paris! I hope to visit there with my family too someday. Have a nice day and weekend.
Hugs, Julie

Dawn Gross said...

Notre Dame - the best! Those stained glass windows and all the different points of architecture. Wow! Love the family selfie too. I was just reading an article about the Lock Bridge not too long ago. Romantic.

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