Saturday, July 24, 2010

Chapelle Show meets the Hunchback at Pompidou

It's been another great day in Paris! We started uncharacteristically with sit-ups, push-ups, and planks before setting off for coffee at a hostel called Christopher Inn.

Some of the best coffee in Paris

Art near Saint Christopher Inn

The longest foosball table I've ever seen (up to 12 people!)

Our next stop was Sainte-Chapelle, a beautiful church renowned for its stained glass. It did not disappoint. The only drawback was the renovation, which covered up the stained glass of the Passion of Christ. We snapped a few photos inside as well as on the steps just outside at the Ministry of Justice. Donna was asked to help another person take a photo, and Donna had a clear perspective of the woman's yellow underpants. Whoa.

Each window tells a story, L to R, bottom to top

The infamous yellow underwear stairs

From there we made a return trip to the crepe shop from day prior. Delicious. We were extremely stuffed, but managed to drag ourselves to Notre Dame Cathedral. It was ornate, dark, crowded, and made one's jaw drop once inside. However, the feeling of holiness and reverence seemed to be lost among the crowds and flashes.


Grant introducing Donna & Kristin to Catholicism

Inside Notre Dame

On to the Pompidou, the modern art museum of Paris - rumored to be one of the best in the world. We didn't go in, so I guess the rumors will continue. Instead, we hung out in the plaza.

All the piping is on the outside of the Pompidou

Pompidou Plaza activities:
  • eating gelato (again)
  • reading books
  • playing cards
  • watching performers like magicians and jesters
  • listening to street music. My favorite was the Chinese guy, playing English songs, in the heart of Paris
He juggled 6 balls while slack-lining - so pro!

Fountain near the Pompidou

Somehow Kristin was able to nap in the midst of it all. I also should note that she was lying on a cobblestone surface. Wow.

Our nighttime sightseeing near the Moulin Rouge

1 comment:

The Paines said...

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