(Outfit: playsuit & bag - Primark, kimono - New Look, shoes - River Island)
Another sunny day for the 5th day in Paris therefore another visit to one of the most iconic and historic landmarks of all time; the Notre Dame of Paris.
I've visited the church numerous times before (see here and here) but I have never gone up the church so this time we did.
The views from the top of the church are just so picturesque and makes you awe-struck. The gargoyles add dramatic effect to the scenery.
But one of the most surreal experience of my life was getting a private tour of one of the bell towers of the church. A very nice and friendly church attendant gave us a private tour of the tower and showed us the bells and he said we could wait until the bell chimes for the half hour and so we did.
The bells have been modernised now with automatic timers and an outdoor metal chimer that hits the bells when the timer goes off.
But even with the modernisation in place, I felt like I still stepped back in history with being able to actually go inside the bell tower and go through the tiny doors that leads to the balcony. To see the 4 bells in that tower (the other 4 are on the other tower) and be the 1st people to hear those chimes, it really was unforgettable.
After that amazing experience we climbed even higher to the top of the church where it was quite small and tight actually but the views were even more breath-taking.
Upon reaching ground level again, my sister decided she wanted to go inside the church again and that we did. I admired the gothic style of the church, read about it's history and later thanked the people who created it and preserved it to this day for everyone to admire and be able to use as place of prayer and worship.
Finally, with just a bit of time before closure we headed over to Jardin du Luxembourg to watch the sunset whilst eating ice cream. We didn't get to explore the gardens because of time but it was worth the trip just for the ice cream, sunset and enjoyment of the lavishness alone.