Paris ~ A day in pictures

Friday, July 17th ~ Paris, France

The Louvre Museum

The Louvre Museum

We wrapped up our Gate 1 tour today with an included city tour. Several of these pictures were snapped through the bus window, so the quality is not quite up to snuff with some slight distortion or glass reflection. I hope you will still enjoy seeing our highlights.

Napoleon Arch

Napoleon’s smaller Arc – The Arc de Triomphe de Carrousel located next to the Louvre Museum

Napoleon's Tomb

Napoleon’s Tomb ~ Dome des Invalides

Gus and the Eiffle Tower

Gus and the Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

After the bus tour finished up we were on our own to explore. First thing we did was get a local SIM card so that we would have decent WiFi while on board the river cruise. Then we took off walking from our hotel to the Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

At the top of my list of things to see while in Paris was a revisit to Sainte-Chapelle Cathedral, aka Holy Chapel. When Tim and I were last here (about 8-9 years ago) we fell in love with this stain glass masterpiece. It was undergoing some renovations at the time, and I wanted to see the end results.

I would rank this Cathedral in the top three most beautiful churches we have every seen, and if you have followed our travels for any length of time, you know we have seen a LOT of churches over the years…

St Chapelle Cathedral

St Chapelle Cathedral

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Since we were so close, we hopped over to Notre Dame Cathedral. We had talked about climbing to the top for the view and to check out the gargoyles, but after seeing the line we decided to pass. We did however go inside. After seeing St Chapelle, it is almost stark in comparison, but still a beautiful Cathedral. And no, we did not see the hunch back…

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral

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Paris is the city of L.O.V.E. and is known for their love locks on the bridge next to Notre Dame.

Love Locks

Love Locks

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We also saw several brides getting photographed which certainly went with the theme.

Pretty bride

Pretty bride

Dancing next to the Seine River

Dancing next to the Seine River

Tim was getting hungry and we drooled over these beautiful tomatoes. A BLT sounded great.

Made my mouth water

Made my mouth water

Finally, after a decent dinner in the Latin Quarter of Quiche Lorraine, it was time to head back to our hotel. It is quite easy to get around Paris via their efficient metro system.

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Paris metro

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During rush hour the trains were full, in fact we barely squeezed in – just part of the adventure

Gratitude Moment: Today I am grateful that we got to see St Chapelle after the renovations had been completed. I hope that if you find yourself in Paris with a few extra minutes you will consider visiting. It truly is stunning.

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About Tim and Joanne Joseph

Hi and welcome! We are Tim and Joanne Joseph and we have just embarked on our "next chapter". At a stage in life where traveling the world, taking pictures, and sharing our adventures with friends and family will be our dream come true.
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15 Responses to Paris ~ A day in pictures

  1. Your photos and post is perfect. I’ll visit Paris if you and Tim will be my tour guides.
    Shine On

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  2. Mike Alesko says:

    Magnificent, all.

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  3. belshade says:

    Thank you for liking my blog. You may be interested in visiting my B&W post on Chartres Cathedral I published a couple of weeks ago – and then hopefully visiting it in reality! Lovely glass and stonework. You are right about St. Chapelle – It is No. I in my book. Des.

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  4. RuthsArc says:

    St Chapelle looks stunning now that renovations are done and scaffolding removed.

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  5. How lucky that you had a bright day to see Ste Chapelle. It is an amazing place!

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  6. Karl Lindsay says:

    Great shots! 🙂 We missed that amazing church when we were there. For next time!

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  7. Nick and Sherry Edson says:

    Joanne and Tim, We so enjoyed meeting you. What a great job you have done of capturing our adventures on the Paris to Normandy cruise. Many thanks for your summary as it helps us relive the joy and the ecstasy of our first cruise. Nick and Sherry Edson

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    • Thank you so much! We also enjoyed meeting both of you. The people we get to share these special memories with are a huge part of why we love to travel. I am way behind on my blog. The Internet on the SS Catherine was not up to speed, (but I understand that will be corrected soon), so I just decided to enjoy the journey. We took lots of pictures and I will be playing catch up when we get home after the 5th.

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  8. I didn’t get to Sainte-Chapelle, but looking at your photos, I wish I had!

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