The crowds are phenomenal in Paris, especially around the most popular tourist attractions. I am an early-riser and as we are staying so close to Notre Dame, have observed it in different weather conditions and with no tourists cluttering the square. We will do the tours – to the crypt and towers – just before we depart for Naples. It seemed smart to save such a close attratction to last.
On my wanders around and too Notre Dame, there is much, epic and ordinary, to see. An eye-catching number of padlocks are attached to the rails of the Pont de L’ Archevêché in Paris by lovers enjoying the traditional practice of putting a lock on a bridge then throwing the key in the river to symbolically seal their relationship for eternity.
I know my techie, chocoholic friends and colleagues, would enjoy this establishment nearby:
This is my favourite street art, 20 metres from our door. It is paradoxical and striking: