Saturday, 29 March 2014

Layouts 21 and 22


Ready for some more Paris scrapping?

Layout 21 is about our climb to the top of Notre Dame.  As you can see by the top right photo it involved lots and lots of spiral stairs!  The old pins were quite wobbly by the time we got to the top.  The view was worth it though, as was seeing the Emmanuel Bell.  It's apparently the most pure sounding bell in the world.

Rob was particularly taken with the carved animals on the towers. Despite the popular opinion, they are called Chimera, not Gargoyles.  They are similar, but the purpose of Gargoyles are to channel water off a building, Chimera are just decoration.  I had no idea!

After finishing touring Notre Dame we headed over to Sainte Chapelle.  I think it was the most beautiful and amazing building we saw in all of Paris.


We only found about about Sainte Chapelle after reading about it in the Lonely Planet guide.  We were so glad we went there - it was absolutely stunning. We were impressed by the beauty of the lower floor, which had a beautiful painted ceiling that looked like stars twinkling in the night sky.

On going up to the top floor (more spiral stairs!) our jaws hit the ground.  Three of the four walls are 15 feet high stained glass windows that tell the story of the bible.  The fourth wall had an incredible stained glass rose window.  We were there on a lovely sunny day, so we were lucky enough to see the stained glass in all it's spectacular glory.  Thank you Lonely Planet!

Bye for now,


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