Saturday, March 7thWe had another busy day planned, so headed out around 9:30am. There was another cookie store near the Bon Marche I wanted to find, as I had seen a wonderful book on their website, which I wanted to purchase. We finally found the store, but there were no books inside and they were very busy, so I assume you can only purchase them on their website.
We then walked up to The Chapel of the Miraculous Medal, 140 rue de Bac. This was something my husband and I were looking forward to as our beautiful daughter miscarried her first child last August and we wanted to leave a little note and say our prayers for her. We were very distraught when we found the Chapel closed for renovation. Perhaps our thoughts were enough.
We walked back down to 131 Blvd. St. Germain for mussels at Leon de Bruxelles. My husband loves mussels and was really looking forward to this meal. I, on the other hand, being a Southern California girl, only see them as those ugly black things clinging to the beach piers and want no part of them. Thank goodness, they did have fish and chips on the menu. He ordered the Mussels with melted cheese, and Esgargot garlic butter sauce. I'm surprised he didn't lick the plate, he enjoyed them so much.
After lunch, we headed to the little wine store mentioned in the 25 most romantic things to do in Paris thread, La Derniere Goutte. It was near our hotel and we had scouted it out on our first night. We knew they had a wine tasting on Saturdays, so wanted to make sure we stopped by. It is a small store at 6 rue de Bourbon Le Chateau and jam packed with wine. We walked inside and a woman was explaining her wine to a young couple. We could see that they might be busy for some time, so we decided to leave. As we were walking away, a nice lady stuck her head outside and asked if we were there for the tasting and we said, "Yes." We went back inside and she poured us a glass from each of the three bottles being tasted. Turns out she was American and had lived in Paris for many years. Also, turned out that she was from Southern California, so she and I had a good visit. Wonderful store and we did purchase one of the bottles we tasted to drink later in our room.
Finally, we were off for a boat cruise, which we have never done in all of our visits. We walked over to Le Pont-Neuf and bought our tickets. The weather was starting to look a bit grim and sure enough, a few minutes after the boat departed, rain drops started dropping. Thankfully, it didn't last long and we all stayed pretty dry up on the top deck of the boat. We enjoyed the trip and a photographer took a picture of each family or couple, which we could purchase after the cruise. Since we never have anyone to take pictures of us together, we thought this might be a nice memory for us.
After the cruise, we realized it was getting late and we wanted to visit Sainte-Chapelle, Palais de la Cite, 4 Blvd. due Palais, so we hurried off. We arrived about 4:10pm and got in line. When we finally got to the ticket window, there was a sign that said we could not do both the Chapelle and Conciergerie that late in the day. The ticket man told us we were in the wrong line for only viewing the Chapelle. Geez, one would think they would have had something outside to tell people that bit of information.
We hurried off to the other side of the beautiful gates leading to the Palais and there was absolutely no line for the Chapelle. Very tight security, however, which took a few minutes. We bought our tickets and walked into the lower part of the Chapelle, and thought, "This Is It?" We laughed that this was probably the quickest tour we had every done and also wondered what all the hoopla was about.
I noticed a young boy going up a very small set of stairs, as were about to leave. I decided to see what was up there. The stairs were tight and circular and seemed to go on forever. I finally came out and immediately saw the most beautiful room I have ever seen in my life. My husband said, my mouth actually fell open. There are no words to describe the stained glass windows. Something I will remember for the rest of my life and will probably now return to over and over again. We did learn something interesting that day. Many of you may know this word, but we didn't and my husband is no slouch in the vocabulary department. The word, "Boustrophedon." Each window is a chapter from the Bible and each story starts at the bottom of the glass. Boustrophedon is a way of reading from the bottom upwards; alternate lines are read in opposite directions, right to left then left to right....Amazing! If you have not visited this Chapelle, DO NOT miss it. After five trips to Paris, I can say I finally saw what I thought was the most beautiful place in all of Paris and that's saying something. It would be best to try and see it on a really sunny day, but even on a cloudy day, it was impressive.
As we were leaving, we suddenly remembered we had forgotten to buy our picture from the boat cruise and hurried back. Thankfully, the picture people were still there and it turned out really nice. The cost was €10 and €3 extra if we wanted it emailed as well, which we did. Thought it might make a good Christmas picture for next year.
We were really tired now, but since we had passed on lunch, were pretty hungry and found a little pizza place on Rue Dauphine (sorry I can't remember the name) before heading back to the hotel. This had truly been a wonderful day in Paris.