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Gosh Notre-Dame It!

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After a quick breakfast at the hotel – with the most DELICIOUS croissants, we were off to Notre Dame!

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We arrived just before noon, and it turns out they still hold services, so we were able to witness mass.

Notre Dam in Paris @ BandBBuildALife.com Notre Dam in Paris @ BandBBuildALife.comNotre Dame was overwhelming.  I don’t consider myself to be that religious, but you couldn’t help but be moved by such a space.

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There were ample locations where you could light a prayer candle.  And there was even a prayer box where you could submit a prayer scribbled out on whatever scrap of paper you had on hand.  ….there were a few lottery tickets in there too.

Notre Dam in Paris @ BandBBuildALife.com Notre Dam in Paris @ BandBBuildALife.comAnd of course the stained glass windows were spectacular to see!

Notre Dam in Paris @ BandBBuildALife.com Notre Dam in Paris @ BandBBuildALife.comWe had come prepared with money for admission but learned that the fee was actually for the separate tour outside up to the bell tower.  Which would have been cool to see, but after such an emotional visit to the sanctuary, it felt like it would spoil the visit.

Notre Dam in Paris @ BandBBuildALife.com Notre Dam in Paris @ BandBBuildALife.com Notre Dam in Paris @ BandBBuildALife.comEvery nook and cranny of this place was just unbelievable.

Next stop, some shopping and people watching on the Champs-Élysées!

~ Beth

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