After our Louvre visit, we made our way to Notre Dame Cathedral and saw a snaking queue which we’re accustomed to already. This is after all the famous cathedral known for its classic Gothic style architectural details and stained glass. Perhaps the movie – “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” had also given a boost to its publicity too. Surprisingly, the admission is free which possibly adds up to the insanely long queue…sigh…better luck next time?
There’s this Point Zero Marker found on the cobblestones is considered to be the exact centre of the city. The distances to all other French cities are measured starting from this compass star. It’s believed to bring good luck if you make a wish while standing on it, no harm trying right? Point Zero can be found at the square in front of Notre Dame.
We also check out the Archaeological Crypt of Notre Dame but as you can see from the pictures, there isn’t much to see inside…luckily the entrance fee is covered by Paris Museum Pass.
No luck at Sainte Chapelle either…just look at the queue!
So instead, we check out Conciergerie which is a former prison.
Walking along Seine River, we made our way towards Champ-Elysees direction.
The beautiful Grand Palais and the nice statue of Winston Churchill with his famous quote – “We shall never surrender”.
Then we came across the ornate Pont Alexandre III which was named after Tsar Alexandre III of Russia. The bridge itself is an amazing work of art decorated with beautiful sculptures, and we can see the beautiful dome of Les Invalides from there.
Les Invalides houses the French military museum and famed for being the burial site of Napoleon Bonaparte.
Finally we made it from Notre Dame to Arc de Triomphe. And my, Arc de Triomphe roundabout is one hell of a busy and chaotic place – never attempt to cross the road! Always use the Metro underpass leading to Arc de Triomphe instead. But we were exhausted and decided to have a nice dinner along the crowded Champ-Elysees Boulevard instead.
Wifey started her shopping rituals right after dinner, which means I didn’t get the chance to check out Arc de Triomphe… Well, at least I get to see it being lighted up before I leave Paris the next day.