We left Geneva in the early morning for another train ride, this time, through the lovely French countryside. We arrived at Gare de Lyon station at around 1pm and took a cab to our apartment in Saint-Germain-des-Prés in the 6th arrondissement. It's an amazing neighbourhood filled with art galleries, restaurants and street life. It was home to the existentialist movement after World War 2 and it sits across the River Seine from the Louvre.
We loaded into the apartment, had some lunch and then wandered along the Seine to Notre Dame cathedral. It is a beautiful gothic cathedral and is famous for being one of the first large building to employ flying buttresses. The interior is dark and intricate with beautiful stained glass and shining candelabra and treasures help dispel the darkness. You can understand how it's mysterious recesses and wonderful gargoyles inspired Victor Hugo to write his famous novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
After dinner, we headed out again, across the Seine to check out the Louvre at night. At the end of our street is the Institut de France and immediately in front of it is Pont des Arts which crosses the Seine and delivers you right to the Louvre.
The main palace courtyard and its glass pyramid are amazing at night. Having left my tripod, back at the apartment, I had to push up the ISO fairly hard to capture these shots, but they came out nicely, I think :)
We will return in a few days, to investigate the inside of the world's most famous gallery.