Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Un peu de Paris

We stayed at a religious house near the Arc de Triomphe. The weather was mild although we had frequent rain. I ran from our rooms to the Isle de la Cite' and back one evening, about 3 miles distance. The Champs Elysee was wall to wall people so I ran in the street facing traffic in order to keep moving.

This photo taken inside La Sainte-Chapelle gives an idea of the way the windows bathe the interior in light, essential to the Gothic genius. The windows together comprise the largest in-situ collection of 13th century Gothic stained glass in the world.

The windows illustrate the Scriptures for the benefit of a largely illiterate populace.

The baldacchino stood over the altar removed during the revolution.

A Christmas tree stands in the place of Notre Dame with crowds filling the square.

An off-beat door in Paris.

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