Paris
Cathedral of Notra Dame
Walking tour of Il De La Citi Island
Visit to the Marmottan Museum
Visit to the Eiffel Tower


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 When we arrived in Paris we checked into the Villa Montparnasse.

As with the Hotel Artea in Aix, this hotel was ok but nothing ot get excited about.

 

We did have a balcony with our room which was nice.

 That night we had dinner in the restaurant next to the hotel.

 Our Paris visit started with a tour of the Cathedral of Notre Dame on the Il De La Citi. 

At the beginning of the common era, there was a pagan temple, later replaced by a large Christian basilica.  It is not known whether this cathedral, which was dedicated to Saint Stephen, was built in the 4th century and was later renovated or whether it was built in the 7th century with old or reused elements.

Maurice de Sully, the bishop of Paris from 1160 to 1196, began the demolition of St. Stephen's and the building of Notre Dame.  Tradition has it that Notre-Dame’s first stone was laid in 1163 in the presence of Pope Alexander III.

The cathedral was built in four major building campaigns which lasted until 1250.

 

 The Cathedral is certainly a magnificent building.  A site not to be missed if you are in Paris.

The Portal of the Last Judgement is the west façade’s central portal.  It represents the Last Judgement as described in the Gospel of Saint Matthew.

On the lower lintel, the dead are being resuscitated from their tombs. Just above that, on the upper lintel, the archangel Michael is weighing their souls according to the lives they led on earth and the love they showed to God and to men. The chosen people are led to the left towards Heaven (to Christ’s right) and the condemned are lead to the right, to hell, by a devil.

On the tympanum, Christ is seated majestically on His throne of glory.  He is showing the wounds on his hands and his side while the two angels next to him bear the instruments of the Passion: the angel on the left is holding the spear and the nails of the Cross, and the angel on the right is holding the Cross itself.

Above him the archivolts feature the Heavenly Court of angels, patriarchs, prophets, Church doctors, martyrs and virgins. 

As you walk around the Cathedral you see how intricate the exterior of the building is.

The spire dominates the copper statues of the twelve apostles with the symbols of the four evangelists. Viollet-le-Duc, the architect, represented himself as Saint Thomas holding a square. He seems to be contemplating the top of his “Great Work”.  

 A river view of the Seine as it flows through Paris.

A statue of Charlemagne sits on the square in front of the Cathegral.

The next morning Peegi and I spent quite a bit of time at the Marmottan Museum.

Musée Marmottan Monet features a collection of over three hundred Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works by Claude Monet being the largest collection of his works in the world), Berthe Morisot, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Alfred Sisley, Camille Pissarro, Paul Gauguin, Paul Signac and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

In addition it houses the Wildenstein Collection of illuminated manuscripts and the Jules and Paul Marmottan collection of Napoleonic era art and furniture as well as Italian and Flemish primitive paintings.

Then we headed to the Eiffel Tower to meet Craig and April.

That night after our farewell dinner, we drove past the Eiffel Tower where there is a nightly light show.  Thanks to David Sholl for this video of the light show,  Click Here.

Even though we were traveling off season the Eiffel Tower was still very crowded as the line outside the one public bathroom shows.

 

Truth be told by this time we were simple tired.  Peggi and I haad lunch at a sidewalk cafe, did some shopping, and headed back to the hotel.

We added a second day in Paris at the end of the tour but if I were doing this trip I would add the extra day in Paris at the start of the tour. 

 

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