August 1

Sampling Platter of Paris


As a day trip, we went into Paris for a day for sightseeing, tourist bumping, shopping, and general city-exploring shenanigans. This time, we headed toward the area in Paris known as Le Mariais, which has some interesting cultural themes. Our walk extended over to Notre Dame, several of the bridges crossing the Seine, and even an English bookstore, Shakespeare and Company.

This was an excellent day to walk and stop as often as we liked, and the result was a thoroughly pleasant afternoon. There were several sights that are pictured below, including some amazing pizza from a little shop where we grabbed a quick bite, the St. Jaques (St. James) Tower, a massive courtyard where beach volleyball was being played, the back side of Notre Dame, and the locks commemorating love on the Pont de l’Archevêché bridge behind Notre Dame.

Interesting note on the St. Jaques Tower… it is the beginning of the Way of St. James, a pilgrimage that goes from France into Spain, ending on the west coast of the Iberian peninsula.

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