Paris Première Partie (Part One)

We arrived in Paris on Wednesday around 10 am. This felt like 2 am Colorado time. Veteran international travelers told us we had to stay awake until bedtime in Paris if we wanted to make the most of our time there and get on Paris time. We were pleased with our hotel, Residence Henri IV. When I saw it, I knew it was the place. Henry the 4th of course. It was located on a quiet cul-de-sac and had a charming little balcony off the window. Everything in Paris is really small. This room is large by Paris standards.

The first thing we did was search out a small cafe where we could dine outside. It was then that I realized I would be drinking a lot of wine. In Paris, the wine is cheaper than bottled water and soda. At one cafe we visited they wanted 7 Euro for a coke and 3 Euro for a glass of the house red. I think I know why it is the city of love. Why drink water when you can drink wine?
After we regained our strength with a hearty meal, we headed to the Notre Dame and strolled along the Seine river.

Flying buttresses and the spire.
The garden in front of Notre Dame was a feast for our eyes.
The Notre Dame was at the top of my list of sights we saw. The sheer magnitude and beauty of the architecture was moving. There are beautiful and intricate details everywhere you look.

It is hard to say if the exterior or the interior is more beautiful. I cried when we were inside. It was magnificent to walk in a building that has sung praises to God for nearly 1000 years. The endless beauty encompasses you.
The North Rose Window was built in 1255 and depicts 80 Old Testament scenes around the Virgin Mary. The South Rose is just as breath taking.
The cathedral can accommodate 9,000 people and has vaulted ceilings 115 ft high.
The Gothic ceilings were surreal and seemed like they were a drawing. It was a visionary treat to see one of the most famous Cathedrals in the world.
We ended our 36 hours by heading to the park across the street from our hotel. There are no open container laws in France, so we popped a bottle of wine and grabbed some food from the market and had a French style dinner while we took it all in... We were in Paris - alone!


Anonymous said...

Yr comments reflect my impressions of Paris, especially the cathedral, you've been enriched and blessed. lv, gram

john leopold, md said...

Don't forget to visit Versailles!
So many places to visit, hard to choose. When you go to the Eiffel Tower, look to the ground for metal ingots which have popped out over time. Also on the ground is a beautiful flint - both of these souvernirs cost nothing. Your pictures are wonderful, look forward for more -

MandM said...

OMG, Im jealous!! What beautiful sights!!! What a rare opportunity to be alone in Paris :)

Courtney said...

Awesome pictures of Notre Dome. I am so jealous and just got started with your Paris pics!!