French Fridays – Up and down the Notre Dame

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French Fridays. Up and down the Notre Dame.

DAY 7 – Saturday

My family went back to London early that morning and we didn’t get to see them. We wanted to experience the splendor of Versailles, but tried to skip the queues and go through someone. Unfortunately that was very expensive and the lady could only help us late that day, so we went to check it out by ourselves.

The queues were long and there were many… first to get the tickets and then to enter Versailles, there was another one to go to the toilets. We took some photos at the “free” garden and decided to go back earlier the following day.

Beautiful gardens at Versailles.

Notre Dame

Back in Paris we fell in the queue to go up Notre Dame. Our interesting conversation with a Japanese lady behind us (and looking at many photos of her cat, Snoopy) let the time pass quickly and soon we could enter.

Step by step we climbed up the stairs… in total there are 387 steps in several narrow spiral staircases. You might get tired just to hear about the great view everywhere, but sometimes words are not enough to describe the beauty of something.

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We went to see the gigantic bell. Sixteen men were needed to pull the rope to ring the bell. Later on it was upgraded to feet pedals and only eight men were needed, but now it works electronically. While writing the blog I asked my good friend Google for more information.

Gigantic bell in Notre Dame.

This is what I found on Wikipedia:  The cathedral has 10 bells. The largest is Emmanuel; it is located in the south tower and weighs 13271kg. This bell is always rung first, at least 5 seconds before the rest.

Going down the stairs was much quicker. We went back to one shop to buy some postcards and coasters, but couldn’t find it (even with my compass and map :)). By the time we found it it was closed, so we settled for cinnamon crepe instead (we will get back to that shop later).

Do you like the view from a high building? Have you ever been up the Notre Dame?

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15 thoughts on “French Fridays – Up and down the Notre Dame

  1. I think I’d love to visit Notre Dame someday! Everything looks beautiful from up high, plus heights don’t scare me – I’d totally go!

    1. Then Paris should be on your bucket list. You can get a beautiful view over the city from the Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Grande Arch, Sacre Couer… and maybe I missed a place. Thank you for your comment.

  2. I’ve never been to the Notre Dame. I’ve only viewed it from a distance. Are there really that many steps??? Wow!

    You captured some great photos of this place. Yes, words would not be enough to describe the things in these photos.

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