June 7th, 2007

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Notre Dame (207.2)

I hadn't been to the Cathedrale de Notre Dame on Ile de la Cite in many years, but it hasn't changed much! I love the overall architecture of this mammoth building, and I love the incredible level of detail of such things as the gargoyles all over the building.

This next set of photos covers Sainte Chapelle, Notre Dame and the crypt beneath its plaza, lunch on the Ile St. Louis, and the Deportation memorial.

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24 May - Notre Dame, Les Deux Magots, and La Fermette Marbeuf

Thursday was our biggest walking day yet, starting with a visit to Sainte Chapelle and then lots of time at the Cathedrale de Notre Dame. I think the sign said there are 430 steps to the top, which certainly seemed plenty! It was well worth it, though, for the spectacular views of Paris and the wonderful close-up views of the gargoyles, spires, wooden doors, and the infamous bell. Before leaving the plaza, I went into the Crypt, which houses impressive archaeological exhibitions including the foundations of the area's original Roman walls.

We had lunch on the Île St. Louis, next to the large island at the center of the Seine where Sainte Chapelle and Notre Dame are. I enjoyed a very typical steak au poivre, i.e. with a very peppery sauce and a pile of crisp, hot fries.

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