We took a last morning tour of the oldest part of Paris with our guide of the day – William. He sounded just like an American, although he swore he was a Parisian who is studying at the Sorbonne.
The Notre Dame Cathedral was an intricate maze of art & architecture…one of the best ever. First, we saw it from the bridge, then the rear, the side and that magnificent front on the square.
Outside there are a thousand people depicted on the facade…some great stories. Look at St. Denis, holding his head in his hands.
Inside, the sights are as varied as we have seen anywhere…the art is superb.
On each side of the altar, there are carvings of many of the stories in the Bible.
And, they built a model (on display inside) that shows the final version of the church right beside some drawings of about 10 stages of construction over a thousand years or so.
Notre Dame is on the Ile de la Cite…right in the middle of the Seine, which is still flooded…just not as badly as last week.
We are about to board the plane for the flight back…I guess we just go 8 hours now in the opposite direction.