Lots of churches and a little Pompidou conclusion

Trip Start May 31, 2007
Trip End May 20, 2008

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Lots of walking today but we started at Notre Dame in line for two hours waiting for the tower tour.  About 400 steps worth.  Mom snuck in the exit and bypassed the line to the main cathedral while I waited with my 5 Euro espresso in line freezing.  Did I tell you that I am actually COLD now in Paris?  Apparently, the Middle East took all of the heat this summer and didn't leave any for Paris.  I am enjoying every goose bump I can get a hold of here!

The walk up the steps was uneventful and the views stunning.  Then we tried to see the Deportation Memorial commemorating the Nazi tragedy in France but it was closed so we headed back to the hotel to meet my college friend and sorority sister Staci who hopped on the Eurostar from London to join us for the weekend.  We had a quick lunch and then went to Saint Chapelle, which was built in 1248 by Louis IX to house Christ's purposed Crown of Thorns and other important relics.  The lower chapel was for commoner worship and the upper chapel is surrounded by walls of stained glass windows depicting scenes from the Old and New Testaments.  There is a spectacular rose window above the entrance and medieval looking painting on the walls.  Headed off to St. Severin, a Gothic cathedral named after a 5th century hermit who lived in the area and persuaded the future St. Cloud, grandson of King Clovis to take holy orders.  Construction finished in the 16th century.  Then we wandered down the street to St Julien Le Pauvre, a much smaller and one of the oldest churches in Paris dating from between 1165 and 1220 and is now used for music concerts.

We had dinner and a major view at the top of the Pompidou at the restaurant called George.  I'm sure you know the place....model type wait staff, modern design and view to die for...and delicious food.  Our most spectacular dining experience to date in France.  Wandered back through the streets of Le Marais, enjoyed an expertly presented gelato cone and collapsed into bed before the clock struck midnight.
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