Paris in the Autumn? Oui, s’il vous plaît! Part Deux

Finally, here is part 2 of the 4 part post about visiting Paris. My second day in Paris was dedicated to seeing Notre Dame and looking for a few gifts to take home. I know it’s not news, but the Metro stops are beautiful. Especially if you have a thing for art Nouveau like me. I didn’t see nearly enough of of Paris’s unique Nouveau architecture but I did find this gem when I got off the train in Ile de la Cité.

Ile de la Cité Metro Stop

Ile de la Cité Metro Stop

Feeling peckish and knowing I was facing a big crowd (not my favorite thing in the world), I stopped at a street cafe and discovered the croque-monsieur. It was the first food I tried to replicate when I got home. My attempt was okay, but not quite as tasty. It might of had something to do with the river view I enjoyed while I ate it…

Pont Saint-Michel

Pont Saint-Michel

My destination was a few blocks down the street. The crowd was big but not suffocating, and I spent some time admiring the Cathedral’s impressive architecture. I enjoy history, and to stand before a building that is almost 1000 years old is just mind boggling to me.

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris

You really can't call these doors.

You really can’t call these doors.

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Obligatory gargoyles

Stepping inside, I could understand why people are amazed by its size and grandeur.

Inside, it's exactly as magnificent as you'd expect it to be.

Inside, it’s exactly as magnificent as you’d expect it to be.

 The stained glass windows left me speechless.

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The statue of a Knight and the window depict the Crusades.

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Chapel of the Virgin Mary

To think that these were made by skilled hands 850 years ago. They’ve survived both World Wars. They’ve shed their colored rays on the coronation of French Royalty from Henry the Fourth of England in 1431 to Napoleon I in 1804.

Rose Window, Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris

Rose Window, Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris

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As I stood taking photos of the exterior gardens, the bells began ringing. Talk about the right place at the right time! I only had video capability on my camera, but it I had to record it!

And my favorite picture I took the whole trip! This made up for the mostly dark and blurry photos I took inside the Cathedral. I did add a lock. I now feel guilty about it.

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris, Pont de l'Archeveche

View of Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris from Pont de l’Archeveche

Up next, the husband and I visit the Eiffel Tower at night, and we have the best beer we’ve ever had.