Here is a view of the end of our street. We are pretty centrally located, and the bus that goes across town stops about a block from our apartment. It has become very handy, and we have taken it all over town. Our plan for today was to visit the Louvre, but we weren't in a museum mood, so we went to the Notre Dame Cathedral instead.
It had started raining pretty hard by the time we got there, so we didn't linger outside. We went in and looked around for a few minutes, and then they rang the bell for the noon Mass, so we went to the Mass. It was nice to go to Mass after so long away, even if it was in French.
After the Mass we went up to the tower. Since it was a cold, rainy day, it wasn't at all crowded. Only about 15 of us. It's 387 steps up. With the 284 steps up to the top of the Arc de Triomphe, and the 674 steps up to the second level of the Eiffel Tower, that makes 1345 steps up so far in Paris. And 1345 steps down, although those are easier. Not bad for a short legged chubby guy.
Although I had been in Notre Dame before, I had never been up in the tower. It is an awesome view, even on a rainy day. As we walked up the old steps, I could see the indentations in the stone from years and years of feet climbing the same path.
The view. While we were up there, a couple of younger tourists chattered about the Disney version of the Hunchback of Notre Dame, and strained to see if they could spot a Starbucks down below. They thought they had found one, but, sadly, it turned out to be just another independent corner cafe (where we later had an espresso).
I loved being up close with the gargoyles and other creatures. That alone was worth the climb up. And once again the Eiffel Tower has made it into my entry for the day.
After we came down, we ducked into a corner cafe and had espresso and a hot dog. Hot dogs in Paris are placed in a baguette, topped with cheese and grilled. Mmmmmm. We headed home and took our customary nap.
Rather than see another sight this evening, we decided to head back over to the area around Notre Dame and have dinner at a place that was recommended by marstokyo, Le Navigator. Malida had the duck and I had the lamb. Both were delicious! Thank you for the recommendation!
Not sure what we will do tomorrow. Something, I guess.