van Bokhoven Europe 2014 travel blog

Selfie from bridge over the Seine

Notre Dame inside

Enjoying typical French lunch

 


A leisurely day today with the boys deciding to stay at home and watch/listen to the Roosters vs Rabbitohs NRM semi final. Alicen and Frank did not leave until noon to vista the Notre Dame.

Very beautiful, sunny day again and the Notre Dame did not disappoint. We hired an audio tour each, which explained the different spots within the church, the contents and background of what we saw.

The Notre Dame is the most visited place in Paris every year and took more than 150 years to build (in different stages). The windows and numerous pictures and sculptures in the church refer back to the stories of Jesus in the bible and also today was very busy with visitors from all over the world. A highlight was that one of the side chapels contained the actual "crown of thorns". It was encased in a red class structure, but was still visible. Quite overwhelming!

It took us 1 1/2 hours to listen to the audio and discover every spot within the church before we enjoyed a typical French 'pain de bread' on one of the bridges over the Seine.

Then we ventured on the metro to the shopping 'mall' Galaries Lafayette. This resembles the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney with beautiful lamps hanging from a seven floor high ceiling and on top you have a nice terrace with stunning views over Paris incl. the Eiffel Tower, Sacre Coeur and the Opera.

We viewed lots of items for sale (90% focussed on female audiences including numerous shoe and handbags shops), but the prices were well outside our affordability range. We saw a pair of shoes for 1100 Euro and a matching handbag for 1650 euro.

Therefore we limited our purchase to another coffee and cake before heading back home to check up on our boys.

They had been enjoying their wifi access to various websites and apps and decided to go to KFC for dinner. Alicen headed off to the laundromat and supermarket.

Frank and Alicen had a quick Mexican meal while the boys stayed at home.



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