Easy navigation tip to know Right Bank from Left Bank in Paris

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You have probably heard people reference the Right Bank and Left Bank sides of Paris when talking about locations of certain arrondissements (districts), areas like the Marais or St. Germain des Pres, shops and cafes but how can you tell which side is the Right Bank and which side is the Left Bank?

Paris is divided by the Seine River with the Right Bank, also known as Rive Droite, being the north side and the Left Bank, Rive Gauche, being the south side.

But no worries if directions aren’t your thing or you get turned around while touring the city, a major tourist site can help you navigate. Continue reading

Exploring Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame may not be one of the wonders of the world but it should be! Every inch is covered with something amazing to see. Like most of Paris, it is dripping with history and the cathedral is a great example of Gothic architecture.

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Side view of Notre Dame

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Notre Dame Cathedral as seen from a Seine River cruise

A great way to really appreciate Notre Dame’s Gothic glory is from below.

This video shows the beautiful, brooding architecture of the cathedral from a night cruise on the Seine River.

 

Bises (kisses),

Kimberly

When Serendipity Happens: Attending Mass at Notre Dame

One of my favorite things about travel is when something good unexpectedly happens.

While visiting Notre Dame, my mom and I were walking around the inside perimeter of the cathedral, taking it all in, when it was announced a Mass service was soon to begin. Always wanting to attend a Mass service, we couldn’t believe our timing and decided to participate.

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Before Mass starts at Notre Dame.

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Travel tip: Notre Dame and my favorite travel tip…ever.

Notre Dame is one of the most iconic and well-known churches of Paris. Possibly the world. It is magnificent, beautiful and awe-inspiring.

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Notre Dame

There are details EVERYWHERE. The exterior. The interior. Even the doors are works of art. You can get lost in your own world taking it all in.

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Door of Notre Dame

Which leads me to my favorite all time travel tip… Continue reading