We decided to spend the day walking around again and ended up going straight towards Notre Dame. There was a huge line wrapping around to the side of the building, but we were happy to discover that it was for the towers. We went inside to check it out along with a lot of other tourists. It was just as beautiful as I’d imagined in my art history classes. Finally, after 9+ years, I was standing in this gorgeous Cathedral. The ceiling was high and from the inside the stain glass appeared to be magical. I took tons of pictures, but it’ll be a while before I have a chance to process them all.
After that we continued to wonder around. We looked at the Latin Quarter some more. Wondered into a few shops including a game shop where Orion bought something and a jewelry store where I treated myself to a pretty ring. I really love walking around listening to people speak French, and watching their interactions. The cheek-kissing is very important. I saw a woman do a quick kiss on each of her friends cheeks and then run off to catch a bus. Even in a hurry, she upheld tradition.
At one point we were trying to orient ourselves with a map when a Frenchman stepped in and tried to tell us what was around the corner. It took me a moment to realize that he was just trying to be helpful. How nice is that?? We were looking for Jardin du Luxembourg. He was quite helpful and we found our way over there. The garden was huge and full of people, like just about everything in Paris. It was great to see them all relaxing and enjoying this wonderful space. There were benches here and there, but also chairs that people could rearrange and use for their feet. It was quite nice.
By this time we were tired from walking so much, so we got our weekly Metro pass and went back to the apartment for rest. Later we went out to dinner at Les Relais de l’EntrecÃ´te, recommended by my friend Albie. All they serve is steak and fries. You sit and all they ask is “how would you like it?” The steak, sauce and fries were delicious. We then headed out to a wine bar and home. I am thoroughly enjoying this place 🙂