Thursday, October 2, 2014

September 7 Parisian Churches

It was Sunday morning. No better place to sight see than Isle de Cité, home of two beautiful churches that were high on my list of places to visit. 

First up . . .Church of Sainte Chappelle.

 My pictures do not do the architecture justice! At all!

But this one from Wikipedia comes closer! It's hard to imagine a building this old made of glass, but seeing it makes it much more real. It retains one of the most extensive in-situ collections of 13th-century stained glass anywhere in the world. Read about it here

The outside was just as wonderful!

Time for lunch with Guy Savoy at Les Bouquinistes. 

We tried it all . . . All delicious!

The restaurant is named for the book sellers that line block after block of the street along the river. Most of them deal in antique or arty books, but I finally found a copy of Harry Potter in French. This should be fun.

Back to church . . . Notre Dame.

What a fabulous experience!

Not having a lock with which to secure our love, we opted for some sweet talk and a photo instead.

A walk along the river for another view of Notre Dame.

Just as I collect rocks and dirt from places I visit, Jill likes to stick her toe in any available water supply.

Past Saint Michael's.

And a stroll down the street, enjoying the ambiance and a little "window licking."

We finished the day at Les Deux Magots. It was a little difficult to conjure up the image of Hemingway spending hours here reading and writing. It was noisy, very expensive, and a bit of a disappointment. Maybe I was just tired.