Paris 09 Ancien - Quartier Cité

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  • Day7


    September 6, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Today we went to the Louvre and saw some incredible pieces of art like the Mona Lisa and the Bather. A lot of paintings were of naked people. There were some really big paintings that wouldn't fit in your house. We also saw a display of statues and and a display of fancy objects that would be found in your house. After we went to the Louvre we went to the Seine to have a picnic lunch. Then we started to walk to the air b and b and on the way we stopped to listen to a street performer.Then we went to go get ice cream at Bertillon. I had one scoop of cherry ice cream and one scoop of hazelnut ice cream. Hazelnut was my favorite.
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  • Day10

    Back to Paris

    June 30, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Woke up tired...having difficult time going to sleep every night. We have an hour to evacuate our flat in Bayeux - much smoother than the same exercise in London. Fuel up 'gazole' and return the rental. Train is a few minutes late - compartments of eight...only two others at first, but pick up the others at subsequent stops.

    Smooth trip into town, but unfortunately, we cannot check into our flat until 15:00...another two hours. Stop at a Yelp-approved creperie near the train station for lunch. The boys had sweet and I had savory - all quite good.

    Grab an Uber with all our gear, figuring to hang out in a nearby park and buying groceries until the gal could meet us with keys. She texts, saying it will be 16:00 instead...crud. I let her know we are heading toward the flat now, will be waiting nearby, and ask if we can meet her to pick up the keys. Suddenly, she says she can meet us there. Very confusing, but I'm grateful all the same.

    Fourth floor walk-up on a quiet courtyard in Le Marais. I knew it would be cozy, because we had several Airbnb reservations cancelled with big-city crackdowns on unlicensed rentals and I had to rebook us in March. Prioritized central location over size and amenities. However, this place is tiny! Rowan and me sleeping on pull-out sofa in living room, while Tom and Logan share a double bed. Worst equipped vacation rental I've ever seen salt & pepper, oil, dish soap, or even extra pillows. Oh well! Hardly spend time at our place, except dinner-time through breakast (usually too exhausted to leave after a full-day of sight-seeing, so we've prioritized lunch.)

    After the train ride, we all want to stretch our legs, so we walk 15 minutes down to the Seine to check out Notre Dame. From the outside, one could hardly tell there had been a massive fire, except for the missing spire. Some scaffolding and wood, but more looks like a renovation. The immediate vicinity is blocked off though, so difficult to see ground level except for the construction entrance to one side (North, I think). So incredibly sad, although still very beautiful...I had been looking forward to showing the boys the gargoyles and chimeras. Told them they'll have to bring their kids!

    We circumnavigated the cathedral and enjoyed checking out the sights, sounds, and people around the river. The City of Love is all decked out for Pride month and starting to gear up for Bastille Day, only two weeks away! The city seems much grittier than I Tom said, "it's like the whole place needs a good pressure wash." Definitely more homeless people (in London too), as we also have at home. A shocking amount of graffiti, which is upsetting on such beautiful buildings.

    Stopped at the tourism office to purchase our Museum Passes (kids are free!) Next, we bought groceries from the corner store, cooked up cheese tortellini to eat with an amazing crusty baguette and pain au chocolate (ridiculous at $1/each and oh, so delicious!)

    It is so hot, despite the thermometer saying it's *only* in the high 70s, we all have a tough time falling asleep.
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  • Day16

    Kathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris

    July 28 in France ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

    Sehr krass war der Besuch der Notre-Dame. Diese hat ja leider letztes Jahr gebrannt und kann daher derzeit nicht besichtigt werden. Vor ihr ist eine große Fotoausstellung mit Fotos und Erklärungen zum Brand und zum Wiederaufbau.
    Allein die Fassade wirkt schon sehr beeindruckenden gewaltig und man kann nur erahnen, wie sie vor dem Brand gewirkt haben muss. Hoffentlich bekommen die Franzosen das wieder hin, aber es sieht erst mal gut aus 😊
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  • Day10

    Paris - Notre Dame

    September 27, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Die Bateaux Bus sind keine Ausflugsboote, sondern eher Transportmittel. Da die Sehenswürdigkeiten von Paris aber durchaus eher an der Seine liegen macht das gar nichts.
    Wir sind ein ganzes Stück die Seine im schönsten Sonnenschein entlanggefahren und sind dann ein erstes Mal bei der Notre Dame ausgestiegen.
    Sonderlich viel haben wir da dann nicht gemacht. Wir haben Bilder gemacht und vor allem lustige Gruppenfotos mit springen. Ich hab hier auf dem Handy aber nur die Slow-Mo Version, also müsst ihr leider auf den Anblick verzichten!
    Nach dem kurzen, aber eindrucksvollen Stop bei der Notre Dame ging es zunächst zu Fuß weiter.
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  • Day3

    Notre Dame

    September 20, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    We are certainly in Paris now. Notre Dame, the hotel de Ville and the Íle de Cité provide our destinations this morning. The weather is perfect and Paris is beautiful. I asked our guide about the location of the University of Paris. She told me that the original campus for the University was on the south bank of the Seine River literally a stone’s throw from here. I am getting an impression that I once sensed in New York, specifically, that many of the ideas that formed the world in which I grew up originated in an area of less than one square mile in each of just a few cities: London, Paris, New York, and Vienna. Hegel lived just a short train ride away from them in Nuremberg. Gershwin and Ravel knew each other. Freud met his friends at his neighborhood coffee shop in Vienna. Chopin, George Sand, and Victor Hugo all lived within a couple of blocks of the Place Vendome in Paris. Dickens and George Bernard Shaw lived within a half mile of each other in London. Ideologically speaking, it is a very small world.Read more

  • Day5

    Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

    September 3, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    After a refreshing drink in a traditional French cafe we finally made our way to the Notre Dame Cathedral. What a stunning building.

    The cathedral's construction begun in 1160 and was largely complete by 1260, though it was modified frequently in the following centuries. In the 1790s, Notre-Dame was desecrated during the French Revolution and in the 19th century it was the site of the coronation of Napoleon I. It regained popularity again after the 1831 publication of The Hunchback of Notre-Dame and has undergone major restoration since then.

    The cathedral is one of the most widely recognized symbols of the city of Paris, and the French nation. It is known to house one of the world’s largest organs and immense church bells, as well as the most important relics in Christendom, the Crown of Thorns, a sliver of the true cross and a nail from the true cross. Approximately 12 million people visit Notre-Dame annually, making it the most visited monument in Paris.

    Our original plan was to climb the stairs to the top but we were exhausted and having seen all of Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower and the Arc De Triomphe we decided we could give that a miss. We did make sure to check out the inside though and it was spectacular. The stained-glass windows were amazing and once again we were in awe by the craftsmanship of the many amazing works of art and statues, and the workmanship of the building itself.

    It is so hard to fathom how these amazing structures were made so long ago and how it was possibly done. AMAZING.
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  • Day149


    August 17, 2015 in France ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    It's lunchtime as we arrive in Paris after catching a bus and 2 x metros from woop woop (Ryanair's cheap airport).

    It's a Diesel Gym Chicks reunion as Chali, Wei and Jen greet us at the metro stop near Eddie and Wei's apartment. The girls are very excited to see each other and we all reminisce over some wine and snacks followed by catching up with a bunch of other people at a artsy warehouse restaurant with a live band.

    We spend the next few days exploring the sites and the beautiful city of Paris including a picnic next to the Eiffel Tower. The weather is a nice cool change from the scorching heat in Italy.

    Suki's friend from Denver has arrived and we spend another day exploring the city sights and consuming copious amounts of wine and cheese followed by another relaxing afternoon watch the sunset over the Eiffel Tower. The architecture of the buildings are truly amazing and Trav is taking photos faster then he can recharge the batteries.

    Being holiday month the streets and broad walks alongside the canals are littered with families and young couples. There are numerous makeshift bars, sand pits, zip lines and kayaks to keep everyone entertained. With the sun setting after 9pm there's heaps of time to enjoy everything this city has to offer.

    It's time to say goodbye to Wei and Chali and we hop into a rental car and get ready for our Roadtrip down south with Deb.
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  • Day8

    Eiffel Tower & Notre Dame Cathedral

    June 20, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Today is the one full day of Paris that we get. We stopped at a restaurant on the way to the metro and had a typical French breakfast.
    The days have been long so far, but this one will be the longest. Partly because it was warm.
    The previous couple of days had so much walking and stairs, it took it's toll on Linda. She went back to the hotel while the rest of us headed back to the tower to stand in line for an hour and a half. She would meet us at Notre Dame when we were ready.
    For the tower, there are options to go all the way to the top or just to the second level. You can pay a little less and walk the 700 steps to the 2nd level and then take the elevator the rest of the way up. If we came this far, we might as well go all the way via the elevator. The kids saved me a little money for once. If you are under 25 you pay kids prices. Go figure.
    There are signs everywhere to warn you of pick pockets. Adam thinks he spotted one at the metro station the night before and I think he's right. I've kinda done this thing for the last 29 years...
    To get to the top, you take a crowded elevator up part way. Then transfer to an equally crowded elevator to the top. And the view was great. I an still amazed at how tightly packed French cities are, and Paris is the rule.

    We've seen some big churches on this trip but Notre Dame was the biggest of them all. The line was long getting in but it moved quickly. There were military members patrolling here with automatic weapons like they were at the tower and Mont St. Michele. It didn't bother me, but it's a shame that it's a necessity. The US should feel fortunate that we are not to this point yet.
    Construction began in 1163 and a neat exhibit shows the different phases of the 800 years of construction, of how it went from a small church to the fabled Cathedral that inspired movies.
    It is nice but I can only imagine how much poverty could have been relieved with the money it took to build this.
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  • Day8

    Notre Dame, Paris

    August 3, 2016 in France ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Gothic cathedral Notre Dame on the Ile de la Cite island. Big. Beautiful. And pretty crowded, as they closed the place up front for the people (they're being cautious because all of this attacks lately). So, we didn't wait in line to get in, instead we hopped on a boat and took a ride on the Seine.Read more

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Paris 09 Ancien - Quartier Cité, Paris 09 Ancien - Quartier Cite, Section de Notre-Dame

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