Saturday, August 11, 2007

Friday--Notre Dame

This AM we decided to walk down to Notre Dame. It is a pretty good hike, but we get to go through the Louvre Grounds, and along the Seine. Here is part of the Garden at the Louvre. ooo that is pretty...
Here is this guy with a bird on his head...somewhat of a lack of dignity...

Front of Louvre. I know that some people were not totally thrilled about the pyramids. I kind of like them, they are weird.Along the Seine....

The gates in front of Sainte Chapelle, or maybe this is next door. I need to look this up, this is the problem with being a day behind...
We got to Notre Dame and had a snack outside, where billions and billions of pigeons are just waiting for you to drop some crumbs, ugh. We arrived at the perfect time, because the cathedral had been closed all morning for a big funeral of a cardinal, I think. Nicolas Sarcozy was there, but we missed him. In fact, it was big news that he had flown across the Atlantic twice in one day, because he is vacationing in the US, and then had a lunch date with George Bush on Saturday, so he had to get back... Here is one of the THREE doors into Notre Dame. You could spend a lifetime studying this building and all the meanings of all the artwork on and in it....

Oh and the stained glass is really incredible, too.
Holy flying Buttresses!!!!
Here we are enjoying our afternoon snack. Miles is beside himself because he has 2!! ice cream cones, as Caroline gave hers up as being "too chocolatey". (don't ask me). I am drinking beer, because in Paris you can go up to an outdoor food stand and get a can of beer and drink it in the park because THEY DON'T CARE. They trust that as an adult, you can handle it. Wow, no nanny state here. Caroline is on the water, and I just thought this picture was funny.
THEN we went under the square in front of Notre Dame, to the Crypt Archaeologie, where the ruins of the Original Paris are. Roman Baths, original "ramparts", way cool. I have always loved this type of stuff. There was all kinds of info, too, about the tile work,and where they got the colors for the glazes and it was really interesting.....There was even a portal that Nicholas Flamel (!! Harry Potter Fame!!) had had built. We had much hilarity over that sign....

Then we went outside and into my nightmare, where some guy gave my kids some bread so they could FEED the BIRDS in the courtyard. Good Grief!

Here is a pretty garden out back of the cathedral, where we heard a groovy little band playing.
Here is Mile 0, the point from which all roads in France are measured.
We were walking up to the Metro, and we ran into the same adorable Danish people we met last night at the Eiffel Tower! They were so sweet, and the one of them knew a LOT about Paris and gave Nick some tips. They are going to Versailles tomorrow, and we are not, so we will not see them there...that would be really funny. We stood on the side of the street and talked to them for about half an hour, and they politely listened to Miles and Caroline going on and on.... We then, came home on Metro, shopped Monoprix, cooked dinner and went to bed.

1 comment:

Joseph said...

Hi Elise,

Gary just pointed me to your Paris blog. It sounds très wonderful. I went to school at the Sorbonne way back in 82 and 86. My apartment (maid's room in the attic) was at number 6, Avenue Emile Deschanel, alongside the Parc du Champ de Mars by the Eiffel Tower. I had a flawless view of the Eiffel Tower from my window, which made it the most magical chambre in Paris.

We're dying to see photos of Aunt Cynthia's apartment!

Bises,
joseph