After our failed trip to the top of the Arc de Triomphe we headed to Sainte-Chapelle. We took the metro down to the Île de la Cité and walked across the Seine River.
Since we hadn't gotten our Paris Visite pass we had to wait in line at Sainte-Chapelle which was quite long. We got to almost the front of the line for security and saw a sign saying that the church was closing in 15 minutes for almost two hours. We got through at 12:45pm, the exact time it was supposed to close and ran to the entrance of the church, which was already closed. Another attempt at sightseeing thwarted!
We then headed towards Notre Dame which was very close by. Notre Dame was constructed over a two hundred year span beginning in 1163.
Out front we saw a booth for the Paris Visite passes and were able to purchase them. They told us which other things were closed that day and that even though we had these passes we would still have to wait in line to go to the top of Notre Dame! But before going to the top, we went inside.
The line to climb to the top was not as terrible as I was prepared for. They allowed a group of about 20 people to go up every seven minutes. The views from the top were amazing!
And the gargoyles were as neat as I expected!
We reached the bell tower at the top!
Unfortunately the very top of the towers were not open that day. After our trek to the top of Notre Dame we ate at a creperie near the plaza. The food was great and so were the views.