Friday, August 19, 2011

Notre Dame Cathedral Towers

Saturday after the market, we walked the streets to see what we could see. We love this classic Parisian look of rounded corner buildings with the iron balconies.

Taylor is in the park next to Notre Dame. The kids played in the park while Danny and I waited an hour in line to climb to the bell towers.

Notre Dame was started in 1163 and took almost 200 years to finish. It seems amazing how old some of these places are. We have NOTHING in the United states to even compare!
Here is a view from the Seine. Notice all the padlocks on the bridge. We have found this all over Europe just like we did the first day in Frankfurt.

We were excited to have our first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower.
On the first layer of walkway on the cathedral, there were gargoyles on every corner. Some of them are so strange looking, and I am not sure their significance. This one reminded me of the flying monkeys on Wizard of Oz that my dad is afraid of!

Below this is the bell tower. We are going to have to read the Hunchback of Notre Dame, and not just watch the Disney movie to really appreciate the history of this building.

Here is one of the bells. This part of the bell tower is built with wood so that it would vibrate the sound better.

This is the view from the highest terrace looking down on the back of the cathedral and the Seine River. These greenish statues were of the 12 apostles.
Here is a video clip to put all the photos together.

The crepes were well worth the long wait to tour the top of the cathedral. There were vendors all along the side street where we had to wait in line and it made us so anxious to have one.

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