Today was pretty incredible and I don’t think we could have asked for a prettier day spent in Paris. The weather was perfect, the kind you can’t even feel because it’s neither hot nor cold. And we really did enjoy the most fun and full day of walking around and taking in more of the amazing sights that this wonderful city has to offer.
We visited quite a few beautiful churches today, including this one. I have to say, this church’s stained glass window game was on point. The entire sanctuary was filled with beautiful glass depictions of scenes from the Bible and it was just incredibly stunning to see.
Afterwards, we walked a block or so to see the grand Notre-Dame de Paris. The church was stunning, both inside and out. It actually reminded us of New York City’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral with some of its design elements. We enjoyed our walk throughout the church and took various moments to sit, reflect and pray. It was a peaceful way to start out our day.
And on our way out, we even spotted Quasimodo, or at least the church’s stone depiction of him. We randomly overheard a tour guide pointing him out, otherwise we would have walked right by. Can you find him?
Afterwards, we walked through some shops in the coolest little area. We stopped by a gelato place that we had seen on a food show we watched. It wasn’t the best gelato I’ve eaten, but it was refreshing and fun to try something out that we had seen. So we balanced it out with a few chocolate macaroons and then a banana and Nutella crepe. I can’t say it was my healthiest food afternoon, but I will say it was my most fun.
For dinner, we picked up some fancy French cheese and a baguette. We walked over a bridge that we assumed was the famous lock bridge because, well it was fully covered in locks.
While looking at this. We ate and talked while taking in the sheer beauty that is Paris. It seriously is the most beautiful city. Everywhere you look, there are fun and interesting and historical things to see. This city has certainly made its way into our hearts and we are loving every minute we get to be here.
On our way to our next museum, we noticed a group doing burpees down by the water. It made me kind of excited because I plan to rejoin my old gym this fall and will probably be getting my burpee game back on soon. Granted, no one actually likes burpees, but they are an amazing full body workout to do.
The highlight by far for me though, was the beautiful collection of Van Gogh they had. His work, Bedroom in Arles has always been a favorite of mine, so you can imagine my delight when I turned the corner and there it was. I learned that this was one of his three renditions of the same painting, the other two being featured in Amsterdam and Chicago.
So there you have it. A full and incredibly pretty day in Paris that was filled with beautiful and pretty things. Tomorrow is our last day and then we head home. It’s been a wonderful vacation and while I’m somewhat sad to see it go, I’m definitely ready to get back home, to our kids and to normal life. Thanks for checking in on our day and goodnight!