French Chocolates at Bedime!

Trip Start May 22, 2011
Trip End Jun 03, 2011

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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Thursday, May 26, 2011

Yes! Today we were able to sleep a little later which was greatly needed.  It was around 11 a.m. when we finally had breakfast at a French pastry shop.  We then strolled our way for about an hour's walk to Notre Dame Cathedral.  Yes, it’s large, but it’s the detailed craftsmanship in the limestone structure that is amazing.  All that work done in only three years!  I can’t imagine how long it would take today.  Louise was our English-speaking tour guide with a very thick French accent.  Sometimes it was hard to understand her so you had to really focus on what she was saying.  But, part of the tour (free!) took us to a special section behind the railing of the alter ~ I guess this is a "most holy" place, which had a beautiful sculpture of Mary holding the crucified body of Jesus.   Louise also pointed out how all the carvings, stained glass, and stone depictions tell the stories of the Bible.  Even Madison said that if we had not taken the tour, we probably would have walked right past them.  We / I take so much for granted, it was humbling to realize this was how the Bible was taught in the 12th century ~ before the Bible was printed.

After a quick return to the hotel (and the movie set!) to get sweaters because the weather turned a bit chilly, Madison and I jumped on another Metro to the Eiffel Tower.  Her eyes lit up as she saw it for the first time up close!  I had purchased e-tickets before we left home so we did not have to stand in line and were able to go straight to the elevator.  Once on top you can walk all around, much like the Empire State Building.  And on one side it was very blustery cold, with the wind whipping around you.  Back on the not-so-windy side, Madison just gazed out at the city, dreaming of her return trip here.  As you look out at the city it is very noticeable how all the buildings are made of the same color of limestone ~ a pale white, and they all have varying details of the same French architecture.

After finally descending from Tour Eiffel, we had dinner at a sidewalk café, and then jumped onto the Metro again, this time heading to the Champs Elysses.  When you walk up to street level from the subway, you are literally at the Arc de Triomphe, another photographic monument.  We had already planned to walk the entire length of the Champs Elysses back to our hotel.  But, my, what sites to see as we walked!  We came upon a sidewalk restaurant with a bright red awning covering it with the restaurant name, “UniSex” printed in large letters.  As we walked by we looked inside, as we did a lot of places, but now we understood the meaning of the name… it was a homosexual restaurant!  Each table had two people of the same gender dining together…………. Oooohhhh!  We quickly scurried by and instead opted to go into the Disney store ~ much more our speed!

Speaking of special treated groups, we've noticed there is a large influx of Islamic influence here in Paris.  A second Louvre is being built in Abu Dahbi, and next year there will be an "Islamic Art" exhibit.  The growing number of Islamic people is very noticeable.  Come on, Frenchies, where is your backbone???  Didn't you acquire one in 1945?  I'm sensing a de ja vu, except it's not with Germans this time.

Since we were unsuccessful at finding a glace’ (French ice cream) shop, we returned to our hotel (and movie scene still in progress) and decided to enjoy some of the French chocolates we purchased earlier.  Oh, how I wish I could bring a case full back, but they wouldn’t make it past two days!
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Janice on

They won't make it past two days because they get eaten, or because they get moldy? LOL Enjoying your blog immensely.

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