Fairly quickly however we were through immigration and had our bags - almost too quickly really because we could only get into our accommodation at 10am and we were on the train into the city by 7.30! But we found ourselves a cute little cafe to wait in and before we knew it we were entering our apartment.
We have booked much of the accommodation for this trip through the Airbnb website, which means we are renting apartments directly from the owners. In this case we have rented a tiny but gorgeous apartment in a traditional building. The lift is so tiny it barely fit me and the bags in it, S had to hoof it up the stairs, but it has everything we need and looks out onto a street of typical Parisian houses.
We were exhausted but decided to power through the jet lag and head out. I had been informed of a good market near us. It was somewhat disappointing (might be better on the weekend I think) but we found ourselves a gorgeous bakery to purchase some lunch and a supermarket for the other necessities.
Then it was on to being a tourist. We jumped on the metro and headed straight to visit Notre Dame. We got off the Metro at Pont Neuf allowing us to walk down the Ile de City taking in the sights of the river and the gorgeous architecture along the way. The sun was out an it was really lovely and warm.
The crowds of tourists made it easy to find Notre Dame. It is an amazing building. I'm just blown away by the achievement of creating such a huge and intricate structure with the limited tools that were available to the builders. It was of course packed with people so we didn't join the huge queue to climb the towers, we instead wandered around the inside, then the outside and further along the river.
There was a massive queue to get into Sainte Chapell but we joined it and about half an hour later made our way in. It is located within the Palace du Justice so we had to be security screened etc which I'm sure is what was coursing the line of people. We bought our tickets, headed in to the church and were just blown away. It was quite small but the amazingly ornate decorations were just overwhelming. We made our way around the chapel admiring the amazing work when we noticed a small spiral staircase in the corner. Up we wound and when we made it to the top, I actually gasped. The chapel below is only a precursor to the amazing church above. With 15 huge magnificent stained glass window, including an awesome rose window depicting the apocalypse it is filled with beautiful light. The incredibly high graceful ceiling is painted a deep cobalt covered with gold stars. The church is in the process of being restored and you can imagine how amazing it must have looked when new, it was definitely worth the line up.