Last revised: May 26, 2013                                                                                         

  Our 4th day in Paris was another day of new  places and "discoveries".
 After breakfast, we took the Metro to a stop near Notre-Dame.

Great Metro maps at every stop.

On our way to Notre-Dame were endless flower shops.

A Gardner's Paradise!

We loved all the flowers - reminded Karen of San Francisco!



The Twin Towers are 226' high. Take 387 steps on the N. Tower for splendid vistas over Paris

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame was commissioned by Bishop de Sully in 1159 during the reign of Louis VII. The first stone was laid in 1163 by Pope Alexander III and an army of medieval architects and craftsmen worked for 170 years to finish it. Almost destroyed during the Revolution, this Gothic masterpiece was restored in 1841-64. The beautiful cathedral windows tell the stories of the Bible in its portals, paintings, and stained glass.  Many great events in French history have been witnessed here including the coronation of Mary Stuart, Queen of France, the coronation of Napoleon Bonaparte (1804) and the state funeral of Charles de Gaulle (1970).

Three great Rose Windows adorn the north, south and west facades.

This South Rose Window shows Christ encircled by the Apostles.
(An impressive 43' in diameter)

        The American Church in Paris        
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This was my 2nd visit to this beautiful church. (The first time was 45 years ago in 1961.)
We were greeted by the Music Director, Fred Gramann, a very cordial gentleman who
originally came to Paris from Cle Elum, Washington 30 years ago and never left.

American Church in Paris - This is the oldest, private, American institution established overseas, with roots dating back to 1814.  The first church building was constructed in 1857, and in 2007 the ACP will celebrate its 150th Anniversary. The Anniversary commemorative worship service will take place on Sunday, 14 October 2007.

We went to the 9:00 a.m. Communion service and afterwards enjoyed a very nice coffee time
where we met some nice people, including Alison, whose mother lives near us in Clearwater, FL.
(Karen enjoyed the fresh coffee in china cups instead of the usual Styrofoam cups at most churches.)

While we were waiting for the service to start, a lady brought her little boy (about 2 years old)
over and said he wanted to ask me a question. "Are  you the Conductor of the Polar Express?"

Fred directing the 11:00 a.m. choir. We didn't hear them, but their organ music was wonderful.



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