Due to the heat wave in Paris during our visit, we didn’t spend a lot of time roaming around outdoors in the middle of the day. So I didn’t take as many photos, and most of the good shots we did get were at dusk.
Above, Pont Alexandre III. It’s probably one of the most photographed bridges in the world, with good reason. Getting a clear shot like this with (almost) no people takes patience.
I’d promised to take some photos of Notre Dame and report back. This was as close we (or anyone) were able to get. Apparently there are still concerns about the integrity of the remaining structure, so they are not taking any chances.
Here’s a fascinating article about the fire: how the delays in locating and reporting the fire made the damage so much worse, and how a group of firefighters risked their lives to prevent the structure from collapsing entirely.
It’s quite sad to see the damage. I really hope they are able to preserve what remains and rebuild. Even if one isn’t religious, Notre Dame holds such historical and cultural significance.
This marker embedded in the public square just outside Notre Dame designates “Paris Point Zero,” the geographical heart of the city. (Photo taken last year.)
Where We Stayed & Ate In Paris
We stayed this time at the Hotel Castille, on rue Cambon. Yes, right next door to Chanel (which is undergoing major renovations, and is temporarily located just down the street). The hotel was lovely and quite comfortable, and fortunately had working air conditioning!
Getting in and out of the high and narrow tub/shower wasn’t for the faint of heart, but there were lovely Etro toiletries (the hotel is part of StarHotels Group, an Italian company).
We enjoyed some splendid meals too:
Chez Monsieur. We’d eaten here last year, and liked it so much we made a point to come back. Traditional French bistro food, well prepared. Great service and atmosphere too.
Le Clarence. This was one of our two “fancy” meals on the trip, and was exquisite, from start to finish. We enjoyed a 5-course tasting menu, and fortunately most of the courses were small portions. Above, the “drawing room” where we enjoyed our after dinner coffee and sweets.
Baieta. The food was absolutely wonderful, but in larger portions than we’d been expecting. Small place, casual ambience. Great seafood, creatively prepared. Book in advance and come hungry!