Could we be anymore obvious?
10.12.2012 5 °C
K and I walked from our hotel, to the Louvre, down the Seine, to Notre Dame and back. We made this 10 km journey with map and camera in hand. Stopping and oohing and aahing at all the right places. Paris is a fantastic city. Our original plan to spend the day at the Louvre was foiled by a slow start to the day. After getting 4 calls at 3am, we figured we needed a little sleep in time.
Instead we headed out with a plan to check out Notre Dame. On our way we found this neat little garden...
This is the square Louvois. The fountain in the middle has four women on it depicting the four main rivers. The one facing us is the Seine. The garden also has a glass plate remembering the Jewish children taken from France during the Nazi regime. I thought the plate said 11000 children were taken. I need to go back and double check that!
Still on the rue Richelieu was this statue ( most of the fountains are statues because of the weather. Also some have clown noses I don't know why)
This apparently used to be a fountain of Richelieu, but it was replaced with this one of Moliere because it was interfering with traffic?
Not far from here is the Louvre. We contented ourselves with snapping a few photos from outside as we plan to spend all of Wednesday inside.
From here we walked the gauntlet of vendors and do-gooders along the Seine before reaching our next goal of Notre Dame. Notre Dame is beautiful on the outside, the level of detail is amazing.
The inside is wonderful too!
Our touring around was complete with a visit to a couple of local perfumeries and a bowl of French Onion Soup - of course.
On our way home we realized for the first time that we have a fantastic view of the Sacre Coeur, our destination for tomorrow.