After quite a hectic day of transportation issue, and the camera loss, my mom and I did manage to have a very nice afternoon and evening in Paris.
We started out walking from the flat through the Marais over to the Île de la Cité to visit Notre Dame. There were long lines to go up into the towers, and my mom doesn’t like heights, so we contented ourselves with a tour through the inside to see the beautiful rose windows. The name Notre Dame means ‘our lady’ in French. It was one of the first gothic cathedrals, and was started in the 12th century but not finished until the 14th. Talk about a building project.
From there we went on a boat tour on the Seine, seeing views of the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Palace, American Church in Paris, and, of course the Eiffel Tower. We will return to all those places for an actual visit–today was just the overview, and a lighter touring day, due to the hours of travel my mom had experienced.
We also made sure to visit the ‘best gelato place in Paris’ recommended by my good friend Julianne (as well as many guide books). Only problem was, I didn’t realize they were two different places. My iPhone app recommended Amorino which we found and enjoyed thoroughly, but Julianne had recommended Berthillon in her post about her trip to Paris. Too bad–looks like we are going to have to have some more ice cream!
On our way home to the flat from Île Saint-Louis we picked up some cheese (a brie and a gouda), a baguette and some wine to have ‘dinner’ on the balcony while playing Rummy. Let’s just say, though we both enjoyed the cheese, bread and wine, I enjoyed the game of Rummy significantly more than my mom did!
It’s been a long day, so time for bed. Tomorrow we are thinking of a Hemingway walking tour and a trip to the Sacré-Cœur. We’ll see what else unfolds…perhaps a trip to a camera store as well?