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We’re back in London now, but had a wonderful day in Paris on Saturday.  Michael and I decided to go to Mass at 6:30 pm at Notre Dame, but otherwise we had no definite agenda for the day.  Michael especially just wanted to stroll and wander around the romantic streets of the city.

After a breakfast in one of the street joints, we walked down to Trocadero, through the Palais de Chaillot with its magnificent views to the Eiffel Tower.  The sun was just behind the top of the Eiffel Tower, so I managed to get this photo.

Eiffel Tower with the rising sun

We wandered past the Tower, then along Rue Dominique, stopping near Les Invalides to watch a group of older gentlemen playing petanque.  We meandered a bit further to Saint Sulpice and enjoyed lunch at a nearby restaurant.  Dessert was a highlight!

Tartelette aux framboises

We continued on to Saint Germain des Pres, where the church was getting ready for a wedding, then on to Ile de la Cite.  We had hoped to go to Sainte Chapelle, but the line was incredibly long.  Instead, the hot day made us thirsty for a cold drink, and we sat at an outdoor cafe to cool off and watch the world go by.

The mass at Notre Dame was said by the Cardinal of Paris, who was joined by about 30 priests and a number of bishops for a special celebration mass for a conference on family and society.  We ended the day with dinner on Ile Saint Louis, where we (well, really Michael) had an engaging conversation with 3 French people who sat next to us.  They ended up inviting us to their summer house near Mont St. Michel!!

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