Monday, September 23, 2013

A beautiful day!

This morning did not start out promising in the weather department but as you will see in the pictures, it did turn out to be a gorgeous day!

This is what it looked like when we started out, just crossing the Seine, on our way to St. Chapelle, a Gothic chapel with truly amazing stained glass windows. 

This picture was taken in the lower part of the chapel, where the common courtiers worshipped. Still pretty impressive. 

The ceiling was pretty amazing too. We had to climb very winding concrete stairs (think Fonthill, for those in the Doylestown area), to get to the main floor and the stained glass there made it totally worth the climb. The onslaught of color was simply breathtaking. I don't think my pictures can aptly convey the sight but here are a few anyway. 

And we can't forget the floor. It was some kind of inlay. Always so impressive when you think that all these amazing places were built without benefit of modern technology. 

When we finished it was time for lunch and perfect for sitting outside, people watching and lunch. Doesn't get much better than that. Fortified by lunch we started walking again and made our way to Shakespeare and Company, which was a real treasure place for book lovers and right across from Notre Dame. 

As usually happens in any book shop, this little treasure fell into my hands and I had to buy it! And of course, I needed a bag to put it in. 

It's a story about someone who gets locked in a library overnight! Can't you just imagine...

Our last stop before heading home was at a little cafe right near Notre Dame. As you can see, the sky was the perfect blue and the sun was shining. A wonderful ending to our day's outing. 

Now it's out to dinner and then watch the light show on the Eiffel Tower tonight!

Ah, Paris!

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