On our second day in Paris, we set out to see the Notre Dame. But first we ended up at Sainte-Chapelle since our metro stop exit put us right in front of the chapel. Of course, we had a 40 minute wait, which we seemed to have for any attraction in Paris. The chapel is on the grounds of the Palais du Justice, which meant going through some serious security. The place jas been the site for determining justice in Paris in medieval times. built on the site of the formal royal palace of Saint Louis which is why Sainte-Chapelle is still there. Also, Marie Antoinette was imprisoned on these grounds before she was beheaded. Below, a judge is talking on his cell phones in between court cases.
Above, waiting in the long line can be hard for kiddos! Below, the chapel itself is known for its beautiful stained glass windows. And in these photos, they are very impressive. I’m not sure they were worth the 40 minute wait though. The chapel is surprisingly small, and with no pews, so it is hard to sit and appreciate the windows. I also thought that they could have done a much better job making the history of the building accessible to the visitors. An audio tour detailing the stories in the windows would have been great. As it was they had a handful of boards in various languages that you could borrow to read brief descriptions of the windows. But the English bin wsa empty, so no description for us! I don’t think I would recommend Saint-Chapelle for kids, and only for adults who really love stained glass and chapels.
After Saint-Chapelle, we took a crepe and ice cream break, served by a very cranky French woman!
Below, a nutella crepe and a row of electric cars!
As we walked past the boats on the Seine, we had thought of taking a boat ride later, but ran out of time and energy. Below we caught sight of Notre Dame.
Above, Kaden is annoyed by the smokers everywhere.
Getting into Notre Dame was quite easy since it was free. So the lines moved freely.
We observed a mass in session.
Kaden lit a candle for Pap Pap and Grandma.
Then it was time to exit and wait in the separate, and LONG, line to go up to the top to see the gargoyles. That line was about an hour. Long enough for the kids to discover “much needed” treasures in the nearby gift shop including key chains and pocket knives. Carson managed to cut his finger on his pocket knife within five minutes of the purchase. Nothing serious but enough for him to be more concerned about his finger than the gargoyles at times.
The walk up the turret to the top was not as far as the Eiffel Tower, but still a lot of steps!
From the top we had beautiful views of the city. And we all enjoyed the many faces of the gargoyles. Very cool indeed.
Above, Kaden makes her own gargoyle face.