We found the Our Lady's Church and went inside to see the famous Madonna statue by Michelangelo.
It's still an active church - many people come here to pray.
These doors reminded me of the cathedrals in Ireland. Loved them.
Beautiful stained glass.
I loved this poem. A bunch of poems were displayed in the entryway.
We went back to Market Square to see the actual market taking place - such gorgeous arrays of produce and flowers! It's pretty cool to think this is where the people who live here actually do their grocery shopping!
A map of the town - done in lace. Crazy!
Our Lady Church and Courtyard.link to some other guys playing on hang drums, and the guy in the middle is holding a didgeridoo... although I'm not sure why he isn't playing it!)
So many springy daffodils along the roadsides!
Arriving in the city, we drove right by the Eiffel Tower - to find out our hotel was a block from it! So cool. We had some time to get settled into our rooms at the Mercure Paris Hotel and take a quick nap, before getting ready for our evening on the town.
We gathered back at the bus to take a nighttime tour of the city - getting to see all the monuments lit up! I didn't take many pictures during this tour - because we didn't get off the bus, and it was raining outside. Both factors don't make for good pictures... So here's just a few of some cool lit up buildings - "Paris by night!"
A lovely table... with lots of wine!
Vera and Jim.
Connie and Jeff.
Me and the hubby. (No idea what I was laughing at...)
Duck in Orange Sauce - DELISH!
After dinner we headed back towards the Eiffel Tower. We parked the bus on a terrace a short ways away, with a perfect view - and waited til the perfect moment... When the Tower sparkles! Totally unexpected and so cool. The whole tower shimmers for 15 minutes. A sight to see!