The Home of Quasimodo

 When, after long gropings up the dark perpendicular stair-case which
pierces the thick walls of the steeple towers, one emerged at last unexpectedly
on to one of the two high platforms inundated with light and air, it was in
truth a marvellous picture spread out before you on every side;
– Victor Hugo

Once upon a time, I stepped into the life of Esmeralda and danced around the towers of the Notre Dame, shaking my tambourine.

Just kidding. Nobody can shake a tambourine like Esmeralda, but I did get to wander around the towers of the Notre Dame on a crisp Paris afternoon.

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Not only was my time in Paris a bit of a whirlwind, I was also on a very strict budget. If you are looking for a beautiful attraction to visit and don’t want to spend a dime, you can visit the Notre Dame and attend a service or simply take a look inside the cathedral completely free of charge. However, for just 8 euros you can climb to the top of the towers.

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I was not about to miss out on the chance to explore the towers of the Notre Dame, so I stood in the cue and patiently waited until it was my turn. As you walk up the steps, it isn’t long before you pass by the Emmanuel Bell, the largest bell in the tower (and the one that Quasimodo had to ring every day).

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You may be daunted by the long lines that form, as they only allow about 20 people up the tower at one time, but your patience will be rewarded with impeccable views of the city in all directions and the chance to become friends with the gargoyles.

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The cathedral itself is a stunning piece of Gothic architecture.

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And this is the view of the Seine and the Eiffel Tower in the distance that this lucky gargoyle gets to stare at each and every day.

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Now, if I were you I would dress up in big hoop earrings, dangly bracelets and gypsy attire, grab a tambourine and dance my way up and around the towers.
Have you visited the Notre Dame? Let me know what you think!

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Sunday Snapshot: Gargoyle Over Paris

Gargoyle Over Paris

Visiting Paris is an iconic moment in many women’s lives. Shopping, romance, the language, it’s a city that many women dream of. As I was only able to spend three short days in this city, I took the tourist route and, along with a good friend of mine, we made it our mission to see as many of the tourist attractions as we could. One of my very favorite things was visiting the Notre Dame. In all of our excitement to climb up to the top, we completely forgot to see the actual Cathedral. Which is free, for those of you who love free things. Growing up I had always been a fan of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, so this was a pretty big deal in my mind. We climbed through a small little door to see the giant bell that Quasimodo rings and walked around the entire perimeter of the Notre Dame. It is definitely a beautiful view of Paris, no matter what angle you’re looking from.

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Sunday Snapshot: Arc de Triomphe Paris View

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Paris, France. The city of romance, love and passion. The place every city girl dreams of being proposed to or whisked away for an intense summer romance. I enjoyed Paris. I didn’t fall in love with it, I didn’t hate it, but it is a place I would love to return to for a longer period of time. This photograph is a city view taken from the Arc de Triomphe rooftop. It’s a wonder I was able to see enough to take a decent photo thanks to the wind that blew my hair across my face the entire time. I personally liked this view better than the view from the Eiffel Tower. For one, from the Arc de Triomphe you get to see the Eiffel Tower along with the beautiful city landscape.

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