I love how the French slow down on Sundays. They go to church, they close their shops, and they come out of their apartments to enjoy the afternoon. They fill the parks with their children. They stroll along the Seine with their lovers. But most of all, I love the musicians that come out to fill the air with sweet sounds. They aren't just street performers trying to earn a buck on Sunday, they are students playing in ten piece bands, harpist, and opera singers. It was sublime.
We awoke Sunday late and started the day with fresh yogurt and pain au chocolat. We then strolled across the bridge connecting our island Saint-Louis with the City island past Notre Dame Cathedral to the Flower and Bird Market. It was absolutely fantastic staying so close to everything. We were within walking distance to so many things.
|So many colorful birds.|
|Bird and Flower Market.|
|It was awesome to see the freshly cleaned stain glass in this cathedral. They sparkled like jewels.|
|We then went next door to the Conciergerie: the prison where they held Marie Antoinette and others before they were beheaded during the revolution.|
|The most beautiful cemetery I have ever seen: Pere Lachaise.|
|Place des Vosges: We visited Victor Hugo's home here where he wrote most of Les Miserables. There were opera singers and harp players performing on the street here. It was magical.|
|This amazing stone sculpture is in the St. Sulpice cathedral. We were there during mass, so we got to hear the famous organ, it was incredible.|
|Walking around the Left Bank.|
|The oldest church in Paris: Saint Germain des Pres. Parts of it date to the 6th century. We also arrived during mass.|
|The perfect end to the perfect day: a river cruise at sunset on the Seine river.|
|Our gift to the French: a little statue of liberty.|
|The most romantic symbol in the world. What a trip!|