I love stained glass windows and that is what I really pay attention to when I go into old churches. I have to say, nothing I have seen compares to the windows in this chapel. It truly is unbelievable. The intricacy and details are breath taking. The photo is impressive but doe not do justice to what I saw with my own eyes.
The Palace of Justice has these three words carved into the stone: Liberte, Egality, Fraternite. The words at the foundation of the French Revolution. The square in front of the building is where many people lost their lives to the guillotine during the French Revolution. It seemed really weird to stand in that peaceful square and think at one time is was the home of chaos and death.
I bought lunch and walked to the Louvre to eat in one of the vast courtyards of the buildings that make up the famous museum. Another wonderfully sunny day to take in the fresh air and history that surrounded me. I did not go into the Louvre because there was at least a one hour line.
Late afternoon, Mrs. Bayley, her cousin and I met up for a walk in the Tuileries Gardens.
Created by Catherine de Medici as the garden of the Tuileries Palace in 1564, it was eventually opened to the public in 1667 and became a public park after the French Revolution. In the 19th and 20th centuries, it was the place where Parisians celebrated, met, strolled, and relaxed (once again Wiki comes to the rescue of a very tired woman...).
We have another early start (5am wake up) as we begin our journey home.
This tour has been extremely educational for myself and Mrs. Bayley. We were able to see places that we teach about and will now have a better understanding of them and their history. This will certainly help us to become better teachers. It also reinforces what we already believed in strongly... the importance of getting students out of the classroom so they can experience the world not just "book learn" about it!
Thank you to EF Tours for making this professional learning tour possible. It is greatly appreciated!