Thursday, June 4, 2015

Exploring Paris (Part 2)

Last Thursday was the "Day of the Three Churches" - Sainte Chapelle, Notre Dame, and  Église de la Sainte-Trinité But that's later. First, we made a stop at the Louvre.

We got to the Louvre about a half hour before it opened, and since we had the museum pass, we were able to get in very quickly. We made our way straight to the Mona Lisa and avoided most of the crowds. Then we wandered back through the museum and really took in the beautiful galleries. We were like tourists in NYC, craning our necks to look up. The artwork on the ceilings was as impressive as canvases on the walls.  

Winged Victory
Venus de Milo
After the Louvre, we walked down the Seine to Sainte-Chapelle and Notre Dame.  Sainte-Chapelle is a medieval gothic chapel. Built in 1239, it is one of the oldest buildings on the Ile de la Cité.

Our visit to Notre Dame was interrupted by a demonstration of health workers. Once the streets had cleared, we were able to get on to (yet another) line to go up to the top of the towers.  It was worth the wait. The view from the top was amazing.

On our way back to our hotel, we detoured to stop at the the Église de la Sainte-Trinité. One of Glenn's favorite early 20th century composers, Oliever Messiaen, played organ here for more than fifty years.

Here's a full slideshow of our day:

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