I took so many pictures while in France that I'm a little confused as to what to show you first. There are pictures of the Opera, pictures of Saint Chapelle, pictures of bridges, buildings, and places we had tea. Add to that the fact that there is still no Christmas tree at my house, I am sick as a dog from whatever I caught on the metro or the plane ride home, that my in-laws will be arriving in a few days and I haven't finished shopping... to say that this old brain of mine isn't really able to make too many thoughtful decisions at the moment would be an understatement.
So after processing a few images, and darting from day to day, I finally decided to just start at the beginning. The real beginning was on the 6th of December when we flew out, arriving on the 7th to very cold temps and snow...so there aren't very many pics from that day. The real picture taking began on the 8th, when we ventured out to visit Notre Dame and wander the streets surrounding that part of Paris. Most of the pictures in this post are from the inside of Notre Dame, and the light was VERY low as it was evening time, not the best for hand held pictures, but tripods are strictly forbidden.
A lovely statue of Joan of Arc...
One of the many gilded reliefs found in the cathedral...
Beautiful light and graceful arches dominate this ages old structure. Just a few days after these were shot they celebrated the 850 year anniversary of Notre Dame!
Ornate ironwork, like these lovely gates, can also be found here.
So much to see, and well worth the visit...
Even the ceilings are beautiful!
As are the chandeliers. It must have been a sight to behold when these were all lit by candlelight!
And when the organ plays...oh my, it will bring you to tears...truly!
Now, I better go start cleaning and get my tree up since I don't think posting the pic above from the opera will suffice...pity really as it was truly perfect!