Our first full day in Paris. We spent the morning sleeping in, and then we headed out to grab breakfast at a café. From breakfast we headed back to the metro and Notre Dame. By the time we got there the line was already super long, so we decided we would wait until later and would instead check out the Archaeological Crypt of Notre Dame. The Crypte Archéologique de Notre-Dame is an atmospheric time capsule which explores the lives and artifacts of the tribes and civilizations that dwelt in Paris long ago. The archeological remains are from Lutèce, the precursor to Paris. This was super fascinating…especially for this Latin and Ancient Rome nerd!

A short walk from Notre Dame is Sainte-Chapelle, a medieval Gothic cathedral located in the Palais de la Cité. The cathedral was commissioned by Lois XI, and houses a collection of relics including the supposed crown of thorns. The stain glass in this cathedral is incredible!! I took way too many pictures, but I just couldn’t get over the breath-taking stain glass, and the fact that this building was finished in 1248.

Southern Exhilaration: Sainte-Chapelle | Paris, France

From Sainte-Chapelle we caught the metro to check out Hôtel National des Invalides and Napoleon’s tomb. The Hôtel was built by Lois XIV as a residence/hospital for veterans. It houses museums about military history as well as tombs of famous military leaders, like Napoleon. Let’s just say the reputation about the Emperor of France’s ego was mistaken. Don’t you agree? 😉

From the Hôtel National des Invalides we walked back over the Eiffel Tower so I could see it in daylight and walk under it! It’s pretty spectacular. I was like a kid in a candy store walking under it! See the Eiffel Tower: Check!

Southern Exhilaration: Eiffel Tower | Paris, France

From the Tower we headed back to Notre Dame. Despite a mass, we were still able to examine the cathedral! I can now see why everyone converted to Catholicism. The cathedrals are absolutely breath-taking, and commanding in presence. Especially the rose windows.

Southern Exhilaration: Notre Dame | Paris, France

We concluded our day grabbing galettes and crêpes with one if Matt’s friends from GTL and some of her friends. We had a great time meeting some new people and learning about what brought them to Paris. The food and drinks were great too!

That’s all for today, so bonne nuit!