June 11th, 2011 – Our Last Day in Paris!
Steph, Jessie, and I all opted to take a guided tour of Paris with Jenny and Dr. Nance. Kelvin, Lauren, and Megan were among the group that was with us (about a third of the choir). We started out at 9AM by boarding the metro and learning how to navigate it. The system wasn’t really that difficult – I was more nervous about it than I needed to be, though my more-traveled friends were saying how the metro in places like Italy is much more efficient and easy to use. Oh well, we managed!
|On le metro. :)|
|I only got a picture of the back of the museum as we were walking by it, as there were no pictures allowed inside... "Paris Orleans" (the words on the building) refers to the street we were on.|
|*cue epic choir music*|
|The eyes of Notre Dame. :)|
|Artsy candle shot.|
From there the group split up a bit. Steph, Lauren, Kelvin, Andrew, Abby, Jessie, and I went along with Jenny and Dr. Nance to Sainte Chapelle. It was built by King Louis IX to house his collection of holy relics from the Passion. The building is small and narrow, but every inch is beautiful. The downstairs is elaborately painted with rich reds, blues, and golds. It also has the gift shop, where I got postcards and a Christmas ornament for Mom. If the downstairs is gorgeous, the upstairs is mind-blowing. The walls are literally all stained glass panels – the light up there is dream-like and magnificent. I’m so glad we went there!
|The downstairs ceiling, all painted.|
|The upstairs walls of stained glass.|
|The Crown of Thorns relic (I'm pretty sure).|
|The top of the grand chest for other relics - I was really going for a closer look at the glass. :P|
|The tour/lunch group!|
The evening was shared by the choir and orchestra on a private boat cruise on the Seine. It was a fun way to end the trip, or it started that way, at least. Dinner was 5 courses and delicious, with intermittent trips out to the bow for sight-seeing pictures. I got some great sunset pictures of Paris sights, including the Eiffel Tower (like I didn’t have enough of those) and of the bridge where lovers write their names on padlocks and attach it to the wire as a token of their affection.
|We had a few extras aboard (student family members), so Steph and Kelvin ended up at a table for two instead of six, much to everyone's amusement.|
|Boating down the Seine - it was a lovely evening!|
|The padlock bridge - I love this picture. :)|
All in all, a marvelous day!
|Je t'aime, Paris!|