Saturday, March 31, 2012

Nous Sommes en Paris

We got to our hotel in Montparnasse neighborhood of Paris around 10:00 (local time) this morning,  or 4:00 Eastern time, after setting out for Bradley field at 8:15 a.m. yesterday.  And, no, MrToad did not come along.  Even though CL wasn't an enthusiastic supporter, we did our best to follow the avoid jet lag by staying up approach.

So we hit a couple sites that J, A, and A probably wouldn't:  Sainte-Chapelle and Conciergerie.  The day was dark and cloudy, so no exterior shots yet.

The lower level chapel at Sainte-Chapelle,

and a few shots of the taller, upper chapel.

Sainte-Chapelle was built in 1248 by Louis IX.

This is the hall of the gens d'armes in the Conciergerie.  It started as a palace in the 10th century, was a hall for soldiers (men at arms, literally), and housed prisoners during the French Revolution.

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