We are having a wonderful time !!!
Since we arrived three days ago we have been to the top of the Eiffel Tower at sunset, strolled the Champs Elysees past the Arch de Triomphe, and explored the underground tunnels of the Catacombs.
Yesterday, we spent most of the day at Versailles. The palace is beautifully decadent. The gardens are 6 sq. miles of lush grandeur. We spread a blanket on a perfectly manicured lawn and closed our eyes for a while. It was definitely nap time after a proper mid-day meal in one of the chateau’s cafe’s. The palace and gardens overwhelmed our senses, impressive doesn’t begin to describe, but we both were reminded how given the keys to the treasury, rulers throughout history lavish other people’s money on themselves. It’s been true from the beginning, even in young countries like the U.S.A, where Bell California officials steal from the working men and women they purport to serve.
Norte-Dame Cathedral. Calming, peaceful and beautiful Gothic architectural detail but it didn’t originally have flying buttresses included in the design. After construction of the cathedral began, the thinner walls (popularized in the Gothic style) grew ever higher and stress fractures began to occur as the walls pushed outward. The cathedral’s architects, in an effort to fix the problem, built supports around the outside walls, and later additions continued the pattern. In 1909 Joan of Arc was famously beatified in the Notre Dame Cathedral by Pope Pius X. Canonized in 1920 in St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome by Pope Benedict XV. We have seen the plaque marking where she was burned at the stake in the Old Marketplace in Rouen, France as well.
Starting with Montmartre panoramic Sacré-Cœur and ending with the cabaret Moulin Rouge in the same neighborhood the opportunities to soothe or amuse while in Paris are endless.