Notre Dame, Paris Day 1, Part 1

After eating breakfast in the park we headed out and managed to cover most of the major sites that we had put on our ‘list’ which suprised us a little, but then again we did walk a long way and did a whistle stop tour of the places we went to.

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One of the first places we visited was one of the ‘lovers’ bridges which have been taken over by people attaching locks to the bridge with the couples names or initials on, overall this produces quite a nice effect but it is offset a little by the touts trying to sell us padlocks and the huge number of asian couples having wedding photos taken on the bridge.

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We crossed this bridge to get to the island in the middle of the Seine which has Notre Dame Cathedral on it. As one of our first stops we hadn’t been planning to go inside, especially since last time I came the queue was the whole way down the square outside and was not moving very fast, thankfully this time it was much smaller and moved suprisingly fast.
It was nice to check out the inside of this monument, churches are not normally my thing appart from the lovely architecture and impressive statues. In this respect Notre Dame didn’t dissapoint, the level of work that has gone into this building is impressive by modern standards and very more so when you think about the time in which it was actually built.

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This is a model depicting the building of the cathedral which we found very interesting, although it was very hard to photograph well because of the lack of flash (cathedral rules) and the shine from the side of the glass cabinet that housed it away from prying fingers.

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Lots of crossing bridges occured this day, uo can get some lovely views down the river but this time it was the walls of the river that caught our attention, here is the mark of how high the flooding was in 1910. Which if my eyes dont decieve me is somewhere around the 30m mark!

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