The next day was a Sunday, and found Theo still sick, and he seemed to be getting a cough. But our museum passes were all pre-purchased, and Theo still had hopes of seeing the beaches of Normandy Monday, so we decided to see if he would improve. We left him to his internet and manga and headed back to Paris, Myriah to the international service at the Cathedral du Notre Dame, and Stoney and I to Sainte-Chapelle, apparently once a royal chapel, and an amazing collection of stained glass.
The chapel is under renovation, it’s third one, I believe.
The chapel isn’t far from Notre Dame, and is the smallest church we have visited.
The difference between restored windows and yet-to-be-restored is clear. These are dirty.
The restoration process is extensive and painstaking. They remove panels and take them apart, cleaning each piece, replacing the leading, before putting the puzzle back together. It must take FOREVER.
See some of the results, and our visit to the MO, by clicking here. Continue reading
Our first day, having left Theo surfing the net on his iPhone in the hotel room with meds at hand, we began (via metro) at the Arc de Triomphe. We saw it from across the street, where plenty of people were congregating, yet saw no way across the exceedingly busy round about. We did see people darting across the round about, and opted to view from afar. We later found there is an underground access, for future reference.
The Arc de Triomphe…bigger than I thought.
Thus begins a very broad, very long road to the Seine, the Champs-Élysée. On it we passed a store my younger daughter would have enjoyed visiting.
Louis-Vuitton. The Sun King would have shopped here, I’m sure.
We passed through many Christmas shop stands and landmarks, re-entering the metro at the Jardin des Tuilleries, after the Egyptian obelisk.
I can’t even remember what this post is, but I liked it.
Christmas comes with roasted chestnuts.
A close up of that roof.
Coming up on the garden…
And the Egyptian obelisk…actually brought from Luxor.
With Egyptian writing.
And from here we began our day at the Louvre. Click on through to join us… Continue reading
The day after Christmas 2013, we packed up and headed for an adventure in Paris. Theo wasn’t feeling so hot, but truly, he had had some sort of cold or bad allergies since before Thanksgiving, so we just pressed on. We stayed at a Hilton at Orly Airport, which was pretty cheap with big rooms, but very, very tired and nothing like picturesque. However, the breakfast was good, it had great access to the metro, and kept us from having to drive into Paris traffic.
It’s best feature is size.
That night we took the metro into Paris, and our first view of the Eiffel Tower was at night (quite fitting for Christmas).
Sort of like a Christmas tree.
An up close view. We went back in the daylight so Stoney could see the engineering, of course.
We took a boat tour aboard the Bateaux Mouches, although we didn’t go past Notre Dame, due to the Seine River being so high it affected our clearance. The night was quite cool and damp, but the boats were heated.
The Christmas Spirit, Paris-style.
What would become my favorite museum, the Musee D’Orsay.
Lights at night
The Paris lady liberty
…and up close.
After the tour we had a delicious dinner at an Italian restaurant nearby. And yes, all the French folk in Paris seem capable of a functional English. Tomorrow, Versailles.
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