Hotel Meslay Republique
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... they asked the french public to vote. Barbie pink came out of top. They haven't started painting yet, and wonder if they will. We planned to come back and go up the tower after dropping off our bikes.
Soon we were off to drop the bikes off, and before we left to go back to the Eiffel tower we booked in the night tour for Saturday, we got 50% off. The tour is different and also you go on a boat and go down the river with free wine. So we are looking forward to that.
... we got an amazing view of all the landmarks. This was a great way to spend an hour and rest our ever-tiring feet. After a quick café au lait (latte), we caught the Metro to Notre Dame Cathedral where we spent an incredible, silent 30 minutes inside this magnificent building. Man, words can't even describe, the scale and majesty of this joint. The giant pipe organ, the stained glass, the statues, air of reverence, all left us awestruck.
Lunch was ...
... to give it to them & move along. Peeked inside of an art gallery & bought a few French prints. Suddenly I was chilled to the bone & returned to the apt. to warm up. Once warm, I headed out again to explore more of Montmartre, which was absolutely hopping today & I didn't want to miss out. Headed down the hill & walked along the Boulevard de Clichy, that is lined with kebob & sex shops. Again, I tried a couple of newsstands to buy a ...
... left the shopping for the crowds that were there and for another day.
We headed home and I left Bridget to rest her back whilst I took a familiar walk through the laneways of the Latin Quarter and once again to the Notre Dame. I was able to discover that the Memorial to Deportees was undergoing renovations and found where it should have been; it's entrance hidden by a construction wall. I came upon soldiers walking around with semi-automatics in ...
... such a beautiful monument to their God in an era before modern building techniques. Nowadays of course, we're beyond such frivolity and just take stupid selfies where the subject of the picture is the fool with with camera and if you're lucky you get a glimpse of the actual site tucked away in the corner, or blurred by the bokeh in the background. Kylie being the progressive girl that she is, has jumped on the selfie bandwagon with gusto - but sadly, without arms ...