Notre Dame Cathedral
Trip Start Jul 03, 2007
16Trip End Jul 13, 2007
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The line was short to enter the tower because it was an odd time for a visit, so we walked right in, and climbed the tight spiral stairs to a gift shop, which was supposed to be the location of Claude Frollo's private chamber from the novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, written by Victor Hugo. From there we ascended several more stairs...hundreds, in fact, to the first observation level which kind of outlines the perimeter of the two towers.
We continued the ascent to the very top of one of the towers, and we remained there for nearly an hour, watching the Eiffel Tower twinkle with its dancing lights in the distance, and observing the evening activity of the city as it came alive with electricity!
We actually visited the bell, which the infamous Quasi tended. Victor Hugo's legend of the hunchback played in my mind as I saw the gargantuan bell sway ever so slightly to and fro.
This was by far one of my favorite experiences, thus far, in Paris!