Finally I have time to write about my travels in Paris this past fall and share some photos. It was truly a joy to be there again. The city is filled with beauty in so many ways. There is so much to love – historic architecture, awe-inspiring Gothic cathedrals, wonderful shopping, divine food and wine. Best of all, are the museums filled with famous art and rare artifacts!
Notre Dame Cathedral and the happenings along the banks of the Seine drew us back time and again – festivals, artists, musicians, antique sellers, couples holding hands and residents walking their dogs by the river.
I love to photograph Notre Dame at different times of day – the changing light and shadows make it constantly unique. Inside, the space is majestic, grand and deeply prayerful. The stained glass windows sparkle in contrast to the soot-blackened stone.
We went back numerous times to experience the Vespers service, enticed by soaring songs of prayer and the incredible voices of the cantors – one man, two women.
Of course, we climbed the bell tower and marveled at the gargoyles and took in the city from the pigeon’s view.
On the Ile de la Cite, we toured St. Chapelle, the chapel of the Kings and Queens of France. It is a vision of jeweled light and color. On all sides, remarkable stained glass windows illuminate the stories of the bible. Statues, walls and columns are hand-painted with gilded decoration.
And, for more medieval charm, we spent time with the beautiful and mysterious “Lady and the Unicorn” tapestries, housed in the Cluny Museum.
Of course, no trip to Paris would be complete without a view of the Eiffel Tower.
Every day we explored local markets and enjoyed the most incredible breads, croissants, lamb, pork, soups, chocolate, cheeses and wine. Highlights were shopping on Rue Muffetard and at a local street market we stumbled upon late one Wednesday afternoon. One of the best experiences was dining twice at La Vie d’Ange located at 41 boulevard Saint Jacques, 75014 Paris, France. In this very small and unpretentious bistro, a husband and wife team prepare the most phenomenal dishes, each paired with a different and perfect wine. Best creme brulee EVER (mine with a hint of orange, Greg’s with salted caramel). We also enjoyed “moules and frites” most afternoons – fresh mussels, fries and a tall local beer. Perfect after a long day of museum hikes!