Paris Diaries 3: La Tour Eiffel and Notre Dame Cathedral

Cynthia Flores-Henares and Bianca Henares (The Philippine Star) - July 31, 2014 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - The Eiffel Tower is definitely a must see when you go to Paris. Constructed in 1887 to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution, this iron lattice tower is the city's centerpiece and one of the tallest buildings in the world.

We were so in awe of the Eiffel Tower that we visited it not only once, but twice! We walked all the way from Trocadéro to Champ de Mars and to École Militaire just to get the best views of the Eiffel Tower from all its glorious angles. Such a sight to behold.


she said: You have to try the delicious Nutella crepes at the Creperie by the foot of the Eiffel Tower!


Another must visit is the Notre Dame de Paris, a Catholic cathedral considered as one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. Located in Ile de la Cité, an island in the middle of the River Seine, this historical monument is decorated by beautiful stained glass windows, many of which date back to the 13th century when the cathedral was built.

The Seine River

Notre Dame Cathedral

The South Rose Window is dedicated to the New Testament. It has eighty four panes, divided into four circles.

Appearances of the Risen Christ

She Said: There are several weekday masses and Sunday services. You may check the website (http://www.notredamedeparis.fr/spip.php?rubrique2) for the schedule. All services are in French except for the 1130am mass on Sundays where part of the readings and prayers are in English.

Don't miss the souvenir shops alongside the Seine River. Lots of interesting finds- vintage books, magazines, & postcards.

Then cap off your visit with some delicious choux à la crème (cream puffs) at Odette on Rue Galande, just a short walk from the cathedral.

Rue Galande is a charming little street lined with cafes and restaurants

Odette Paris

                     77 Rue Galande

                     75005 Paris,, France

You can have these bite-sized gems either to go or sit at a table upstairs where you'll have a view of Notre Dame. You must try the mixed berries and salted caramel flavors!

Our time in Paris was short but sweet and we’re happy we got to visit most of the major attractions as well as explore the city’s backstreets. We’d love to get the chance to visit again soon!  We fell in love with French pastries, and we can’t wait to have more.

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