The hubby and I have been to Paris several times with guide book in hand to make sure we didn’t miss anything. This time was different. We did very little that could be considered touristy as our focus was on people and place.
Because we were close to Notre Dame, we passed by several times a day.
It was impossible to resist taking photos from every angle and at different hours.
Crazy as it seemed, we realized we’d never been inside, so one morning, with there seeming to be no waiting crowd, we went in. To say the least it is an impressive structure causing me once again to marvel at the ability to create and build that existed centuries ago.
Looking around at the people snapping selfies, I couldn’t help but wonder if they were more interested in capturing themselves in the building than in studying its grandeur.
Close by is Sainte Chapelle, one of my favorite places in Paris. There was no way I could pass by without going inside to again experience its dramatic beauty.
Seeing the majesty of it and Notre Dame made me appreciate the courage of those who disobeyed Hitler’s orders to destroy Paris.
With those two visits behind, the remainder of our experience was exploring, primarily Ile de laCite and Ile Sainte- Louis.
I so enjoyed the characters on the street.
There seemed to be no limit to what they did to draw attention.
No matter the act, I can’t imagine the euros earned are enough to provide more than a meager livelihood.
What I liked best about walking the streets was capturing unposed versions of people doing what they do.
It might be a child finding a new friend on a playground
or two friends enjoying the sunshine while walking the dog
or a couple sharing a special moment at a sidewalk cafe.
In the dark of night Paris is aglow.
The changing colors of the Eiffel Tower light the sky
and a smaller version of the Statue of Liberty stands proud on the banks of the Seine. I had no idea that existed, but it makes sense as Lady Liberty was a gift to the U.S from France.
Yes, my view of Paris is forever changed thanks to a workshop that encouraged paying attention to all that can be experienced beyond the familiar tourist attractions.
i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind