If you have been to France, you know what I'm talking about. The butter is amazing. On our first full day, we had big plans for sightseeing, but first stop was le petit dejuener. (Breakfast.) We stopped at a cute little cafe and ordered coffee & croissants. Here's what we got:
Lovely. Then they also brought this:
I quickly became accustomed to eating carbs for breakfast. Plus a little butter.
First stop for sightseeing was Sainte-Chapelle Cathedral. This amazing church was built between 1242 and 1248 for King Louis IX, to house the Crown of Thorns. Amazing that it was built in 6 years. Huge stained glass windows depict stories from the bible.
Next we visited the Conciergerie -- the prison that was the last stop for 2,700+ victims of the guillotine during and the revolution. Look closely at this list of those who got their heads chopped off, you will see Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette.
Next stop, Notre Dame. Constructed over 200 years between 1163 and 1345. Hard to imagine peasants bringing in all the huge stones, without cranes or trucks. Equally amazing that these old buildings survived all this time.
St. Denis, beheaded by the Romans, tucked his head under his arm and headed north, pausing at a fountain to wash it off.
Love this lady with a devil and angel on her shoulders. And this is all before we even went inside! So many cool details.
Joan of Arc. 1412 - 1431.
We didn't climb up to the tower to see the gargoyles, there was a long line and we were ready for lunch.
A big day, I will tell you about the 2nd half and what else we ate tomorrow!