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Day Huit (8) – July 22 – Paris July 23, 2008

Filed under: Chronological,France — The Travel Guy @ 11:54 pm

 

Notre Dame Cathedral with its extremely high Gothic arches.

Notre Dame Cathedral with its extremely high Gothic arches.

 

We walked to le Notre Dame Cathedral to view this central site of Paris.  An absolute architectural wonder.  Once your eyes have adapted to the dark interior you begin to appreciate the height of the ceiling and the impressive stained glass windows.  As we entered, a mass was being held, in Latin.

 

 

After leaving, we walked through a small park behind the cathedral.  We found business people sitting in the shade of the trees, doing work, in designated “wi-fi zone”.  We then walked into the Latin Quarter again to make our lunch, consisting of baguettes filled with meat and cheese.  We stopped on the edge of a small park where we could sit and watch the people walking by and watch the people at the corner cafe, watching people.

 

 

 

Jessica and Deana standing in the Latin Quarter with le Notre Dame in the background.

Jessica and Deana standing in the Latin Quarter with le Notre Dame in the background.

 

Looking from the Arc de Triomphe, down the Champs Elysees towards Le Louvre.

Looking from the Arc de Triomphe, down the Champs Elysees towards Le Louvre.

We rode the Metro via a couple of lines to the Arc de Triomphe, noting that some of the subway lines run on rubber tires rather than rails, just like Montreal.

 

After a brief stroll down the overpriced Champs Elysees, Jessica and Jeff headed off to collect our lease vehicle, a Peugot Partner Totem (aka “Pope Mobile”).  There is plenty of leg room for everyone and lots luggage space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View of the Eiffel Tower from the Arc de Triomphe.

View of the Eiffel Tower from the Arc de Triomphe.

 

 

A view of the Eiffel Tower at sunset.

A view of the Eiffel Tower at sunset.

 

 

In the evening we took the Metro to the 7th District to walk the popular Rue Cler.  From there we lined up to ride up the Eiffel Tower at twilight.  While we stood in line we had a great chat with a group from Tulsa, Oklahoma.  The view ride up was a lot of fun and the view of the Arc de Triomphe, the Grand Palace, Notre Dame and many others was spectacular.

 

After the Tower we jumped on the last boat cruise up the Seine to see “Paris at Night”.  Andrew took many pictures as the boat cruised under countless bridges from the Eiffel Tower to Notre Dame and back again.  Finally, Andrew and Jeff stood in the centre of the Champs Elysees, by the Place de la Concorde, to get some time lapse photos of cars driving towards the Arc de Triomphe.

The Eiffel Tower highlighted with the last rays of sun.

The Eiffel Tower highlighted with the last rays of sun.

Jessica on the wind swept 2nd Level of the Eiffel Tower.

Jessica on the wind swept 2nd Level of the Eiffel Tower.

The Eiffel Tower lit up by lights.  Occasionally thousands of strobe lights would fire to make the tower sparkle.

The Eiffel Tower lit up by lights. Occasionally thousands of strobe lights would fire to make the tower sparkle.

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