Crossing the Pont Notre-Dame

Today we had crazy weather again in Paris. Wind, sun and rain intermittently throughout the day. Since we’d heard about the crazy long lines at some of the more popular Paris sites we thought we’d go check out how bad they really were before we opted to actually attempt to visit. We hoofed it on over to the Île de la Cité to check out the line at La Sainte-Chapelle and at Notre Dame de Paris. To get to the island we crossed the Pont Notre-Dame over the La Seine. From a nice spot on the bridge you can see La Conciergerie, a former royal palace and prison. During the Reign of Terror (September 1793-July 1794) during the French Revolution, The Conciergerie prison, also known as the “antechamber to the guillotine”, became the central penitentiary of a network of prisons throughout Paris, and was the final stop of over 2,700 people who were summarily executed by guillotine.

La Seine River in Paris

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