Sunday, February 17, 2013

Last day of the tour

Yesterday we went back to the Festival of the Needle. It wasn't quite as crowded, so I was able to see some things that I didn't see the day before.

We were suppose to have gone on a dinner cruise on the river in the evening, but the river was so high that boats couldn't get under the bridges. Needless to say, we were disappointed.

Today we were up early and took the metro to Norte Dame to attend a mass. Words just doesn't describe the experience. The organ and the singing and inside of the church, so beautiful. It is the 850 Anniversary celebration. They have made new bells by melting down the old ones and trying to get the sound as close to the old ones. They have the new bells displayed in the center of the church. Right in front of the church we were shown the center point of France. Everything is figured from this point on their maps. Near Norte Dame we saw a bridge where people have hung locks on the fencing on each side of the bridge. We were told that lovers come and place a lock with their names on it and then throw the key in the river. Then we went to where they sold plants and birds. We noticed it was mostly men that were buying cages and birds to take home. Then we went to the world's largest flea market just outside Paris. We ate lunch at a small cafe that had singers and music while we ate. Then we shopped and saw old keys, linens, jewelry, dishes and lace.

Notice the picture of our corner chocolate shop. Now that Valentine's Day is over they are beginning to make Easter eggs. Also a picture of the state rental bikes for the people to ride.

Tomorrow morning we leave on a fast train to Southern France.

1 comment:

RhondaBuss said...

I too loved Notre Dame. I have a set of rosary beads from there that hangs beside my bed.
Looking forward to the next leg of your adventure.