We started Saturday off bright and early, and having learned our lesson about the benefits of the Metro system while in London (plus how long it took us to walk to and from the Eiffel Tower the night before! LOL), we went straight to the Metro. For anyone traveling in a large, European city with similar means of getting about, they often have a pass you can use to get around for a set number of days (or as we did in London, a card you could "recharge" with money to continue using the Underground). Misha and I got the 1-day pass (which covered an unlimited number of uses of the Metro system for the entire day, which included the Funicular in Montmarte!) and hopped on board. I am soooooooo grateful that we learned how the Tube in London functioned before going to Paris! It made getting around easier than I could ever express.
|1-Day Metro pass for Paris (well worth the Euro!!!)|
Our first stop was at Notre Dame. (And no, that is not pronounced the way Americans say it in reference to the University. ::shudder::)
|Crossing the bridge to Île de la Cité|
|One of the doors on the cathedral|
|Gargoyles of Notre Dame|
|The West Front (main entrance) façade|
|Statue of Jeanne d'Arc in Notre Dame|
We actually got to witness something while at Notre Dame that I doubt few can truthfully claim to have also seen. A wedding inside Notre Dame! Heck, how many people can say that they have been married there? Even fewer! LOL That would be an amazing experience, to be sure!
|The High Altar with Nicolas Coustou's Pietà|
The Rose Windows (yes, plural...there are 3 of them!) were absolutely breathtaking, and I absolutely love stained glass.
|The West Rose Window and the Grand Organ|
|I lit a candle in memory of both deceased grandparents|
|Part of the scene of Death of Sainte Geneviève in the Treasury of Notre Dame|
|Stained glass in the Treasury of Notre Dame|
|A beautiful crown of sorts in the Notre Dame Treasury (I'm guessing for ceremonial purposes)|
|Base of a display in the Notre Dame Treasury|
And that was just the beginning of the day!
TO BE CONTINUED.....