Our 4th day in Paris was a busy one for us. We started off by taking the tour bus to Notre-Dame. We walked around Ile de la Cité and Ile St-Louis, attached a “love” lock on Pont Notre-Dame, hung around Pont Neuf, and walked all the way to the Jardin du Luxembourg in the Latin Quarter. Not to see the park, but to have a snack at Dalloyau.
I was ‘wowed’ at first sight by the Notre Dame Cathedral. That was my first impression at first. Then, as we walked around inside, I thought it was “dark” (figuratively)! Then it got “creepy.”
As we walked around Ile de la Cité we came across one of the “love bridges” full of locks attached to the railing. Although we hear how much Parisians dislike it, tourists from all over the world would do it. They Attach a lock symbolizing their eternal love. An opportunity we couldn’t miss! We chose the Pont Notre-Dame location to “lock” our “love” forevermore.
We also passed by Pont Neuf. This bridge should be called the “love bridge.” I saw more couples-in-love hanging out privately in this bridge than anywhere else. Be it on the bridge, on the benches near it, on the arc ways, or even under the bridge itself. They were everywhere! Couples hugging and kissing, expressing their love for each other.
Our long walk to Dalloyau came to follow. We had no idea how far of a walk it would be. We went through Boulevard St. Michel and saw the statue of St. Michel. We rested there for a bit and enjoyed the street performers. Liam enjoyed the performances! He even asked mommy and daddy if he could go and perform too. We encouraged him to, but he held himself back. Although, as we walked through the alleys to Dalloyau, we would stop and go on the steps to sing and dance just like the street performers did. Those private concerts by Liam were the highlights of our day.
At Dalloyau, we had cappuccino for daddy, a quiche salmon aux légumes and a large raspberry macaroon to share. The funny thing was, we had a Dalloyau dessert the night before and we didn’t recognize the name then. We bought the Opera dessert from Publicist, the high-end drugstore next to our hotel, and it was really good. Would have saved us a plenty of time/energy from all the walking. Nevertheless, the experience of having their delicacies in store, sitting at table facing the streets, and people watching was a welcome break that afternoon.
On our way back to the nearest stop for the tour bus, we found Henri IV’s statue on Pont Neuf. There, we saw a beautiful view of the Louvre. And little further down the street, we were greeted with a beautiful sunset and view of the Eiffel Tower. What a great way to end the day!