Our plan for the day: attend the 10 a.m. Gregorian Chant Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral. We left our apartment plenty early--we learned our lesson last night: it's always good to have a little extra time, just in case I'm not quite as smart as I THINK I am about le Metro!
This morning it was a breeze! We arrived at Notre Dame with time to spare. Here is our first view of the cathedral:
As we were quite early, we walked around the left side of the cathedral to a small park that's right behind it. It's a lovely little park that most people miss--we had it almost to ourselves. It's beautifully landscaped, and there are some great views of the church:
We took about 100 pictures of Notre Dame, and as good as the photos are they just don't do justice to the magnificance of this cathedral. It is awe inspiring in it's design, grandeur and beauty. I have run out of superlatives to describe Notre Dame!
We left the park, walking around the other side for some great views:
It was time for mass, so we filed into the church along with about 500 other tourists and (I assume) a few faithful worshipers also. The pews were filled to capacity.
Now fortified with caffiene, we were off to explore another small island on the Seine, the Ile St. Louis. This is a lovely little island, with some prime real e$tate! We wandered around the pretty, narrow streets, popping into shops that intrigued us--an olive oil shop (yummy!), some high end gift shops, and best of all, ice cream! Not just any old icream, though--it's Amorino. And we both agreed it's the best ice cream we've ever had. We chose a "petit" cone with chocolate and coffee flavors, a perfect combination! They even scoop it up and place it in the cone so it looks like a flower! Better lick it up fast before it melts--and we did!
We were near the Georges Pompideu Centre--which is a huge modern art museum. It's architecually very interesting--and not in a good way! In fact, it was so "jarring" that we didn't even take any pictures! There is a fun fountain in the courtyard, however: