I woke up very early the next morning in Paris because I had paid for a “Skip the Line: Notre Dame” at 9:45 a.m. And I wanted to photograph a bit before the tour began. Back on to the 69 bus, I went, feeling smug in knowing how to ride a bus now. I jumped off at Pont de Arts to take a photo of the lovers’ locks at Pont de l’Archeveche.

It was a sunny day…yippee! I didn’t want to say it out loud in case I would jinx my day, but I was very grateful for the beautiful sunny weather.

Paris Institut de France lovers locks Paris France

The Pont de l’Archevêché (Archbishop’s Bridge) leading to L’Académie française (the French Academy)

Paris lovers locks Paris France

The lovers’ locks

Paris Ile de Cite Seine River Paris France

I loved the Art Nouveau styling of this Metro stop which was doing double duty as our tour meeting point.

Paris Ile de Cite Metropolitain exit Paris France

My Notre Dame tour was beginning!

Notre Dame Cathedral Paris France

It’s mind-boggling for me to think that this cathedral is celebrating its 850th anniversary!

Paris Notre Dame interior rose window Paris Franceg

Paris Notre Dame interior BW Paris France

Because I had already viewed the interior the night before and especially because I was constantly trailing behind the day tour group, I only wanted to hurry and climb the tower.

Finally!

Paris Notre Dame Chimera Paris France

Paris Notre Dame Chimeras Paris France

Paris Notre Dame tour view Paris France

I had always thought that these were gargoyles, but the tour guide told us that gargoyles spit out water. These are officially chimeras! What do I know?!?

Paris Chimeras balcony Paris France

After the Notre Dame tour, I quickly headed over to Saint Chapelle. I was looking forward to photographing the interior of the building, so I was more than disappointed to discover that scaffolding was in place inside the building.

Saint Chapelle Paris France

 

Paris St Chapelle Paris France

I was lucky to grab any color from this section of Saint Chapelle, although it was gorgeous.

Paris Saint Chapelle rose window Paris France

It was well after 2:00 by this time and, once again, it was raining. I grabbed yet another taxi after realizing that the reason I couldn’t find a bus station on the opposite side of the street from where the 69 bus dropped me off was because it was a one-way street! DUH!!!

All was well by the time I arrived at the front door of my hotel. I gathered myself together and rested a bit before my meet-and-greet at 5:00 p.m. that evening! I looked forward to meeting the group.

Next stop the following day….Versailles.

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