My visit to Notre Dame Cathedral occurred yesterday. I was amazed at how fast I got into the cathedral. The church is quite imposing and although, I am more partial to the Italian cathedrals I saw in Rome and Florence – which are a bit more stylish and grand – Notre Dame is an impressive Cathedral nonetheless. Moreover, it is massively large.
Afterwards, I went over to a tent area near the Cathedral, where older women and men were selling fresh baked pastries, French bread, and sandwiches. I had a ham and brie sandwich (on french bread) and a couple of the pastries. Delicious! I was flabbergasted that the prices were actually quite reasonable. I suspect that these were church parishioners trying to raise money for the Notre Dame Cathedral. There must have been a couple of hundred people inside the large tent buying the baked goods.
I’ve also included a couple of photos of a buckwheat Galette (crepe) I had at the Galette Cafe earlier today, where I met a delightful waitress and her boyfriend manager/owner. Laura is from Playa Del Carmen, Mexico and we were talking about Mexico, and the Yucatan peninsula (which I love because of the outstanding SCUBA diving and the wonderful people that live in the area). She is helping her boyfriend, Antoine, run the cafe. The crepe that I had was a sunnyside egg, with ham and cheese. They only use gluten free buckwheat and other organic produce and fruit. I also had a salad there.
I did quite a bit more than the aforementioned. However, I will do separate posts for those places I visited yesterday and today. Without giving anything away – I will tell you that I was hanging out mostly with Angie, although Carmen met up with us later for dinner (yesterday). I also visited the d’Orsay (yesterday) and Louvre (today) museums; along with taking a cab with Angie to the cemetary (today) where we wanted to visit the grave sites of Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Frederick Chopin, and Edith Piaff. With a bit of luck and an inaccurate map we were able to find all of the graves. Au-Revoir!