Wednesday, August 12, 2015

We're not Catholics, we're tourists

The city of Paris is divided into different arrondissements. We stayed in the 5th arrondissement, which is the Latin quarter. Paris has so much history here, the Latin quarter is best known for La Sobonne and the pantheon. But I know it best for saint severin church (Eglise saint sulpice). This is where that crazy priest, Silas from the DaVinci Code went to find the keystone. I enjoy conspiracy/DaVinci type shows & let me tell you, Paris is screaming with codes! 

Codes & tourist! 
My next trip here will be purely investigative of all Mary Magdalene conspiracy theories. 

Anyway, I believe this was the perfect place for us to inhabit during our Paris part of our trip. Our apartment we rented over looked saint severin church (so I was super excited to watch for Silas types) & we could see the top of the Eiffel Tower from our window. Interestingly our apartment was once inhabited by a famous German writer / playwright Bertolt Brecht. But the best part was we were in walking distance to Norte Dame (&this awesome market that made these little lemon meringue tortes.)
But I digress. 

Now, we are not catholic, but we are tourists & this was a must see!  This cathedral is breath taking in its size & beauty. The lines to get in however, are atrocious! Not as bad as the Eiffel Tower lines, but definitely at least an hour wait. We however, got up early one morning to avoid lines at the Louve (also atrocious lines) and on our way noticed that Norte Dame had NO lines! No lines! We went in, line free....and well worth it. The stained glass is impressively beautiful both on the inside and out. During the night the cathedral glows a yellowish green & street performers abound. 

                                                Norte Dame Paris (2015)
                                                Water color journal 9x7 
Norte Dame is a definite must see, despite your religious conspiracy. I'd now like to leave you with this triumphant quote from the movie Rudy. (Who played for the fighting Irish) 

"We're gonna go inside, we're gonna go outside, inside and outside. We're gonna get 'em on the run, boys, and once we get 'em on the run, we're gonna keep 'em on the run. And then we're gonna go go go go go go and we're not gonna stop 'til we get across that goal line. This is a team they say is... is good. Well, I think we're better than them. They can't lick us, so what do you say, men?"

It's best to think this way when tackling the lines in Paris. 

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