Thursday, August 17, 2006
Day 3, Ste Chapelle and Notre Dame
Most people have heard of Notre Dame, but few have heard of Ste Chapelle. Ste Chappelle was built in the middle ages as the private chapel for the royal family. One entire wall is lined with stained glass windows depicting the biblical story from Genesis to Revelation. At either end are rose windows. One wall is beautifully painted. It is an absolutely gorgeous chapel and nearly impossible to describe. Daniel and Suzanne are exagerating the awe you feel when you first walk in! Downstairs was the chapel for the servants and courtiers. It was much simpler, but I thought it was also beautiful because the ceiling was painted dark blue and then covered with gold fleur d'elise to look like stars.
By now, we had realized that John was a good tour guide. In fact, people in the airport and in the train station were coming up to him, asking him questions. I guess they could tell that he was both bilingual and knowledgable. We jokingly began to call him "Moses", telling him to lead the way. Here you see him as a blur of activity. No wonder he gets tired! We got tired following him around, but we couldn't have asked for a better guide.
Notre Dame is only a few blocks from Ste Chapelle so our tour guide, John, took us there next. There was a very long line, so we didn't go in to the cathedral. Here we are at Notre Dame.