Thursday, July 15, 2010

Paris - Day 3

010710_ Paris #1

Two weeks ago today... we went back to Paris for what was our final day there. We utilised our "all-you-can-eat" train tickets and zipped about in the Metro... to avoid the heat and the walking.

First stop was on Île de la Cité - one of the islands on the Seine - to see Notre Dame de Paris and la Sainte Chapelle. Both are stunning churches, in their own right. Notre Dame de Paris is huge and spacious... whereas Sainte Chapelle has some of the most glorious stained glass windows that I have *ever* seen.

In between visiting these churches... we called in on the Crypte Archeologique which contained the fascinating ruins from the Gallo-Roman times... and ate onion soup and pizza in a bistro/cafe.

After Sainte Chapelle we walked along the Rive Gauche to the Musée d'Orsay. Olly is huge fan of the Impressionists and I wanted to see their work. We saw works by Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Gauguin and some chap called Van Gogh. Our only disappointment was that "Bedroom in Arles" was in San Francisco.

The building in which the Museum is housed is truly stunning. Unfortunately photography was banned there.

After the museum... we headed back home. Content in what we had accomplished.

More photos are available here.

Paris is an amazing city... one that I've fallen in love with and hope to go back soon.

Tx

010710_ Notre Dame #1

010710_ La Sainte-Chapelle #6

010710_ Paris #9

010710_ within Notre Dame #6



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