Saturday, January 2, 2016

À la Rive Droite

The following day was Christmas Eve.  We planned on going to see a church on the other side of the Île de la Cité as Notre Dame, so we stopped at some of the sights along the way, such as Place Saint-Michel.  The fountain of the archangel Michel (looking mighty victorious) was completed in 1855.

We made our way across the street to the Pont Saint-Michel, which has a great view of Notre Dame in one direction, and a lovely Paris river skyline view in the other.

We didn't stall here for too long, as we were coming back later on for a Christmas Eve service.  Continuing on over the bridge and to the left was Sainte Chapelle, a church known for its impressive stained glass collection.  Taylor had to write a paper about it for one of his classes and was going to use my opinions of it as part of his argument.  Sadly, it was closed that day.

Not to worry though, we just marched right along!  Across a little courtyard was the metro for Île de la Cité, surrounded by a lovely looking marketplace.

Beyond that, we went over another bridge to the Rive Droite, following the river so we could circle around back to Notre Dame before the service.  There were some beautiful Parisian views along the way.

As we were passing the Hôtel de Ville, Taylor noticed some new prototype boxes for the sales guys along the Seine.  He started taking pictures when an older gentleman walked over from his stall and started telling us about how the wooden ones have worked for one hundred and fifty years; they don't need new ones!

(photos by e.hunt, and t.hunt)

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