A Very Long Day in Paris

Trip Start May 12, 2012
Trip End May 29, 2012

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Hotel La Serre

Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Monday, May 14, 2012

We did not get up until 9:30, so we all slept about 12 hours! We didn't get out to breakfast until 10:30 or so.  The bakery just down the street was closed so we walked toward our Metro station and went into a grocery store and bought pastries for breakfast.  While we were eating them on the street a man came up and started to talk to us.  We couldn’t understand him and didn’t know how to get rid of him.  When we finished eating we left and were finally rid of him. 

We rode the Metro and the RER to the Notre Dame/Saint Michel stop.  We walked up the right bank past some floating restaurants to a bridge where we got a great view of the back of Notre Dame.  The sun was at the right angle for pictures of the back.  Then we crossed a bridge onto the island where Notre Dame is located.  We walked into the garden at the back of the cathedral and took some more shots of the back.  When we got to the front there was a long line to get into the cathedral and to walk up the over 400 steps to one of the towers.  We decided to go into the church because at least that line was moving.  So we went in and walked all around the church in SILENCE, not just because mass was going on but because there were signs everywhere to remind people that this is a holy place.  There were lots of side chapels and I stopped at the Chapel of St. Joseph to light a candle for my brother Joe.  They also had a great exhibit on St. Theresa of Lisieux that I took a lot of pictures of. 

When we finished touring Notre Dame we went back out and the line was even longer to climb up to the tower, so we went and got lunch.  Erin and I had crepes with cheese and Larry and Derek had crepes with ham and cheese.    After lunch there was still a long line for the tower climb so we walked to Sainte Chapelle not far away.  It was closed from 1:00-2:15 so we decided to split up.  Erin went to see a cemetery where Jim Morrison is buried.  Larry, Derek and I started walking to the Louvre when we spotted a placard about the concert at Sainte Chapelle.  It was Vivaldi tonight so we went across the street to the Café to purchase tickets.  We spent the rest of the afternoon at the Louvre where we saw the Mona Lisa, Winged Victory, Venus de Milo, sculptures by Michaelangelo and Bernini.  We toured the French Art and Italian Art.  We went through the Greek, Etruscan and Roman galleries.  The exhibit showing the foundations of the Louvre and the history of the Louvre were very interesting.  We saw lots of paintings, sculptures and artifacts and didn’t even see half of what was there. 

We left shortly after 5:00 to meet Erin at Notre Dame at six.  We met her shortly after six as she had climbed the tower at Notre Dame and got down shortly after six.  We walked to a shop just down the street from Sainte Chapelle and got Croque Monsieurs and went down along the Seine to eat them.  Then we went and got in line for the concert.  We got the cheap tickets at the back of the chapel which gave us a great view.  There were five violins (maybe two of them were violas), two cellos, a double base and a harpsichord.  They played Vivaldi for about 45 minutes.  They were very good and the chapel was a good place for the concert.  The music did sooth our tiredness, especially our feet.  It was hard to keep our eyes open at times as the music was so relaxing.  

After the concert we walked back along the Seine on the right bank to one of the boats which is a restaurant for drinks.  I got a Margarita because you could  only buy wine by the bottle.  The others got Kronemburg beer.  We sat and had our drinks as the sun went down after 9:00.  It got pretty chilly so we headed back to our hotel.  We had planned to walk but it was pretty cold and Erin thought it wasn’t dark enough to enjoy the lights.  By the time we arrived back at the hotel after 10:00 we had made up our minds to go to the light show at the Eiffel Tower.  We stopped and picked up warmer clothes and then went to the carry-out just down the street for beer and walked to the park in front of the Eiffel Tower.  We got there 20 minutes before the light show started.  The blinking lights from the tower lasted about 5 minutes.  When we got back everyone went to bed but stayed up and did this blog.  It is now 1:30 and we are getting up at 8:00.
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Toni K on

How wonderful and it looks like you are having great weather.

Josie on

Wish I was there - it's years since I was in Paris - bon sejour

Janet on

Wow! What an experience! I am so happy for you and your family! Enjoy to the fullest! I especially love the photos of the great places in France!

Karen on

Enjoy every minute!! You deserve it!

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