A must see building in Paris is the Notre Dame Cathedral. The church is truly remarkable because of its amazing architecture and history. I was in awe when I first saw it, I've seen many churches before but nothing compares to the Gothic architecture of this building. Take note: I haven't seen Basílica de la Sagrada Família in Barcelona. Notre-Dame was beautifully structured and it took many years of hard work and delicate planning for it to be completed. The church is really impressive inside and outside. It may not be the largest or as large as the other cathedrals in the world but it surely is one of the most beautiful sacred place you can visit.
I'm a little disappointed that we didn't take closed-up pictures of the beautiful details of the church but if you look carefully at the pictures above, you'll see a bit of them. Getting inside the cathedral is free but there was a queue on our visit. We arrived early in the afternoon hence the crowd, people say the place is less crowded in the morning. You can also attend the mass and here's: MASS AND SERVICE TIMES the complete schedule for reference. The church is a touristy place just like the Eiffel Tower or The Louvre. You have to pay an entrance fee if you want to go up to the tower where you get can rewarded of a nice view of the city and discover the famous gargoyle architectures. It was so beautiful inside the church! I was mesmerized with the stained-glass window of Notre-Dame and even though there was a lot of people, it was peaceful.
There were so many pigeons outside the Basilica. A man gave me some sort of food for birds to feed them. I guess these birds have a strong sense of smell or sight because so many of them went right after me. My boyfriend told me to leave some on my palm and voila, some birds weren't scared to go on me. It was fun!
Alright, here's an important note for other people who are planning to visit the cathedral. Make sure to also see the side and back part of the cathedral. We walked on the right side facing the cathedral and discovered some of its beautiful architecture. And if you have been reading my blog for awhile now, you know how much I love flowers and it was such nice treat to see all these beautiful blooming plants surrounding the beautiful Basilica of Notre-Dame.
On the other side of the cathedral, we saw the river Seine and some beautiful parts of the Latin Quarter. We also enjoy the scene at the backyard of the cathedral! There were so many beautiful blooming roses at the back of the church. (Photos below)
Walking around Latin Quarter
This iconic bookstore is just a short walk from Notre-Dame. Many tourists flock here to browse and snap photos. It is a pretty store painted in green and a really charming place! This book shop is so lovely and has an amazing collection of English literature, as well as an impressive amount of vintage books. The interior is very cozy but visitors are not allowed to take pictures inside.
It was really nice to see the Notre-Dame and its surrounding areas. It was such a vibrant part of the city!