LomoTravels: Recounting Paris Day 3 / Of Chapelle, Notre Dame and Pantheon

Famed for its stained glass windows, the queue into Sainte-Chapelle was surprisingly unassuming. Sharing an entrance with the Palais de Justice, we had to go through a stringent security check before getting anywhere near the chapel.

stained glass windows Sainte-Chapelle#1 Dotdotdot | LC-A+ RL | Lomo Xpro 200
Once in, I was pretty much left speechless by these awe inspiring glass panels.

More oohs and aahs before finally settling down to watch a video of how they perform restoration works on the panels. From retracing and filling in the badly faded outlines to handling the extremely fragile glass pieces, this job is certainly not suitable for those whose fingers are the buttery kind.

stained glass windows Sainte-Chapelle#2 Windows | Superheadz UWS | Agfa Vista 100 | BUY IT!
The general rule for Superheadz UWS is never to use it indoors. Most often than not the photos will turn out underexposed. Well, I gave it a try anyway since the rays were piercing right through. Thankfully it turned out quite ok.

Done being dazzled by the colorful windows, we had to reorientate ourselves and head towards the direction of the Notre Dame Cathedral.

Notre Dame exterior#3 Antenna | LC-A+ RL | Provia 100F |
Checking out the “antenna” of Notre Dame before queuing to get in. The proper term is called spire. Thanks Wikipedia. What would I do without you?

Notre Dame interior#4 High High | LC-A+ RL | Provia 100F
The interior of Notre Dame with its high ceiling and (more) stained glass windows. But we came for the stone gargoyles and chimeras which are perched at the top of the tower.

Notre Dame exterior#5 Tilt | LC-A+ RL | Provia 100F
Which obviously involves an entrance fee and another queue. Bright side: an opportunity to admire the sculptures at the exterior of the cathedral.

There was only so much head tilting and sculptures gazing we could deal with before starting to feel restless with a hint of agitation brewing underneath. So we bought a chocolate banana crepe from the nearby stall to comfort ourselves. Tasted like heaven given the bloody cold weather too.

Notre Dame gargoyle#6 Le Stryge | LC-A+ RL | Provia 100F | BUY IT!
The silhouette of arguably the most famous gargoyle in Notre Dame de Paris and some say the whole wide world.

Notre Dame gargoyle#7 Got Any Grapes? | LC-A+ RL | Provia 100F
Close up of a bird like creature devouring (stone) grapes. Yum-may.

Notre Dame gargoyle#8 Bony | Fisheye Baby 110 | Lomo Peacock Xpro 200
Caught some bone munching action.

Got our fill of gargoyles and view of Paris, we descended the spiral staircases (good to look at, but a bitch to climb) for a cuppa hot chocolate. Heaven once again!

Decided to head on over to the Pantheon but not without having lunch first at a nearby Parisian cafe. With seats facing outside it was optimal for people watching and daydreaming as the world passed us by. That’s what I call a holiday.

Paris Pantheon#9 Nice Banner | LC-A+ RL | Provia 100F
Not to be confused with the Pantheon in Rome, the Paris Pantheon was actually built much later in the 18th century and modeled after the original.

Spent a fair bit of time on the paintings, history of the building and the patriots buried here. Mostly because they had explanations in English.

streets of Paris#10 Stroll | LC-A+ RL | Provia 100F
The rest of our day was just chilling and drifting along the streets of Paris.

bird on statue#11 Bird Hair Day | LC-A+ RL | Provia 100F | BUY IT!
An opportunistic shot of a birdie perched on the head of a random statue. Actually I’m not even sure if this was taken in Paris. :S

Following up on our Asian cuisine cop out, we had ramen for dinner. In our defence, it was late and there wasn’t much of a choice (except for Indian food which was also Asian) near our hotel. So there.

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