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.
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.
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.
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).