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Bird market, Notre Dame Cathedral, Sainte Chapelle and Ile St.-Louis
We headed to Ile de la Cité, along the Seine and location of two of Paris
most famous churches - Notre Dame and Sainte Chapelle. As we got off the Metro,
we noticed that the live "bird market" was in progress. Once a week, in
place of the usual flower market, vendors line the (TBD) street, selling live
birds, rodents, feed and many other pet accessories. We bought a bell ball
for our cat, Timmy.
We headed for Sainte Chapelle where we purchased our 5-day museum passes for
the week (45€ for unlimited museum visits over a
continuous 5-day period). This chapel is distinguished by its extensive stained
glass windows which depict many bible stories from the old to the new testament.
We could clearly make out Cain clubbing Abel, the infant Moses being placed in
the river, and Noah's ark. Jesus' crucifixion is depicted over and behind the
We crossed the Seine and walked around the left
bank. We tried but didn't get to
Rick Steeves' guide.
Finally, we crossed the Seine back to Ile
de la Cité and visited Notre Dame
Cathedral. Some sort of mass happened to be in progress when we got there at
5:30 p.m., so we took a seat, expecting it to end so we could catch the next one
which was scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Well, this time our information let us
down, as there was a confirmation mass scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m., and the
mass we had intended to participate in had started at 5:00 p.m. We got up,
walked around the church, noting the stained glass, and lit a couple of candles.
Dinner was at the place on Ile
Saint-Louis with the doll houses on the wall. And some yummy
Bertillion ice cream for dessert!
When we were crossing the bridge coming back from Ile St.-Louis, there were
about eight people with their Segway™ Human
Transporters parked nearby.
Mike's Bike Tours had just began offering a
Segway tour of Paris starting in
early June. Although we did not get to try one out, they sure attracted a crowd