Thursday, September 12, 2013

B is for Bon Voyage: Paris (pt 3)

The smartest and I went to bed on Saturday night thinking we would get up about 4.5 hours later at 6:00 AM, so we could get up, get ready, and get across town for 8:00 mass at Notre Dam. Come 6:00... we changed our minds. We decided to sleep in until 8:30 instead, and NOT cart around pounding headaches all day. A plan which mostly worked.

We started our  day with our first pastry shop (after loading up on Red Bull from a grocery store we passed) and got some tasty chocolate bread and macaroons. SO good. We packed our pastries onto the Metro, and had a breakfast on the go as we rode over to Notre Dam.

Once we arrived... we realized that we had a need that only Expresso could fill, so we walked across the street to get our coffee fix before we went in.

We oogled the outside of Notre Dam for a really long time. There is just so much to look at- so many details and pretty grounds and interesting people. Notre Dam was definitely one of our biggest highlights (well that, and the macaroons).

The smartest and I are not Catholic, but attending mass was very fun. We understood essentially nothing that was said (it was in French)- except for the 2 scripture readings they did in English. At the end, the organist who played the recessional had a little fun pounding on the pipes- which sent me into a fit of giggles. I actually thought that a small child might have escaped and be bashing on the organ, but it turns out the organist just really wanted everyone to clear out, and was playing loud for his/her own enjoyment. I think. We snapped some photos before and after service, but kept our cameras respectfully off during service.

We did some site seeing around the cathedral after services- which was really cool. The cathedral is just gorgeous- and SO tall. The stone detailing was so impressive- it makes some of our tall buildings today seem a little simplistic.

After Notre Dam, we walked over to the Pantheon, stumbled across some surprise gorgeous buildings, and visited Orsay, followed by dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe. Stay tuned... I'm only 1/5th of the way through the photos we took. Afraid yet?

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