Friday, July 17th ~ Paris, France
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.
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
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…
Please be patient. The slide show may take a minute to load depending upon your computer speed, but hopefully you will agree it was worth the wait 🙂
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…
Paris is the city of L.O.V.E. and is known for their love locks on the bridge next to Notre Dame.
We also saw several brides getting photographed which certainly went with the theme.
Tim was getting hungry and we drooled over these beautiful tomatoes. A BLT sounded great.
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.
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.