|Rainy morning heading to Vincennes Castle via the metro. This started as a hunting lodge in the 12th century. A keep was started nearby that was completed in 1370. A protective wall and 9 towers were built around the keep and manor. A Holy Chapel was added. Monarchs took refuge here during the 16th & 17th centuries. Vincennes lost its status as a Royal residence in 1682 wLouis XIVsXIV settled in Versailles in 1682.
Napoleon leveled the wall towers to adapt the site for artillery use.
It was used as a prison until after WWII. The graffiti and paintings on the walls are from the prisoners.
All that remains is the keep, chalet and Holy Chapel. It was probably quite the place when it was in use!
The royalty do France sure had a lot of beautiful places to live!
We got back on the metro and headed to the catacombs to walk the mile of dead bones underground. When we arrived there was a sign that it is closed to the public at this time as the air conditioning is not working! Hey it's cold out, I could use some warmth! Since it has cleared and the sun is shining we headed over to rue Cler and did Rick Steve's walk. Had lunch and stopped to get dessert...chocolate e'claire for Verne and and I had an Opera, don't know what it was but it was rich and chocolatey!
Our next stop was St. Sulpice church a very old church with lovely stained glass and a 7000 pipe organ which we got to hear. This church is most famous for the obelisk that is used as a sundial that indicates the date. This sundial was featured in the novel "The Da Vinci Code".
Back to the metro...we are getting good at making transfers, to go home and relax and getting ready for our next part of the journey. Morning checkout of the apartment and head to the ship.
Can't believe how fast this week has gone! We have seen everything we wanted and completed most of Rick Steve's Pocket Guide to Paris and then some! We have eaten way too much!
Hope to get to Montmartre tomorrow.