A to Cray-Z 2017 –
All about the week that I nearly drove my husband crazy. In Paris.
Last October, my husband and I spent a month in France. Nine of those days we spent in Paris. We sought out a street in Paris for every letter of the alphabet, and we set foot in every arrondissement de Paris. This is not for the faint of heart. Or anyone who fears lots of walking. Or stairs. Or trop de baguettes. Or le Métro.
Ça veut dire — Do not try this at home, folks.
Alors, mes chers lecteurs…have you been to Paris? Have you walked on this street? Does this street make you dream or think of a story? Tell me in the comments!
French verb for this street: Hypnotiser
L’horloge nous hypnotise avec le carillonnement de sa cloche.
H is for Quai de l’Horloge
Rue : Quai de l’Horloge
Arrondissement : 1er
C’est où ? (where is this?)
What was it like for us?
Located in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, in the middle of the Seine, on the Île de la Cité, this street is right in the heart of everything that most people think of as “Parisian.” It’s right next to La Sainte-Chapelle, La Cathédrale de Notre-Dame de Paris, Le Marché aux Fleurs…
We took this picture right before discovering a sign on the street for a string quartet concert at La Sainte-Chapelle the next evening. That fit in perfectly with our plans to have lunch at Le Grand Véfour ! We bought tickets and it was absolutely fantastic to listen to Vivaldi in that Chapel. I highly recommend going to a concert there, even if “classical” music is not your favorite. The surroundings are absolutely magical.
What’s in a name?
The Tour de l’Horloge du palais de la Cité is a clock tower that is part of the “Palace of Justice” of Paris. The first public clock was built here in 1370! It was built by the Lorraine clockmaker Henri de Vic, commissioned by Charles V. It has been restored many times since then, the latest restoration having been completed in 2012.
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