Our walking-the-city day began at the foot of the steps leading to Sacre-Coeur and ended at a concert in Santé Chapelle. Ahhh Paris!
For me, walking into Santé Chapelle was the most exhilarating experience in Paris. It is a cathedral of stained glass built 1242-1248 (compare this to Notre-Dame that took over 200 years to build) for King Louis IX, the only French king who is now a saint. The stained glass walls left me with only one sound, an extended sigh ...ahhhhhhhhhh. Until the technology of stained glass, Gothic churches were dark stone buildings. 6500 square feet of beautiful glass covering 1,100 biblical scenes from the “Creation” to the world’s “End” make this the brightest of all Gothic edifices.
Notre-Dame is dedicated to “Our Lady” and stands for the grace and compassion of Mary, mother of Jesus. Begun in 1163, the dedication mass occurred in 1345 - talk about a long building project. It is hard for me to imagine the depth of belief and strength of people’s dedication to accomplish the building of this most important church in France.
It was interesting to see the tribute paid to Napoleon I at his tomb in the Dome Chapel of the Musée de l’Armée. In 1840, the remains of Napoleon were returned to Paris from the island of Saint Helena. His tomb was erected in the Dome Chapel in 1861.

 

I can say the watercolorist that most affects my emotions, causes me to stand staring in amazement and contemplation of the beauty is Claude Monet.  Visiting his home and garden outside of Paris was a “bucket list” experience, and one words can’t capture.  Such beauty, including the view from his home to the garden was extraordinary.

 

We return to beautiful Paris for a night before boarding our home bound plane for a trip to San Francisco over the polar route.