Archives for March 2015

Notre Dame de Paris

Paris itself has never interested ┬áme in and of itself, though I am very drawn to one of Paris’ more well known tourist attractions. The cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris has always interested me personally, whether it actually caught my attention itself , or I’m drawn to it because of the Disney movie is irrelevant.

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Contruction on the church began in 1163 under the rule of Louis VII. THe building of the choir itself took 14 years, and the Cathedral was not finished until the mid-1240’s. While the history is incredibly fulfilling, I was always more interested in the architecture of the church. It sports gargoyles on gargoyles and carvings of biblical beings, windows and towers, organs, and the ever famous bells. Though the bells of the Cathedral are quite famous and revered, many are not operational and are used instead as historic objects for tours and visitors of the church.

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For anyone actually interested, it is free to see the first two levels of the church, but you are required to produce funds to view the 3rd floor and above. I myself will need this information when I visit this summer, which is also apart of my reasoning when I chose this weeks blog post.

Mass is held on the weekends daily, and tours are constantly being offered, and it’s certainly a historic landmark that I plan on checking off my bucket list as soon as possible.

 

 

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Notre_Dame_de_Paris

http://www.notredamedeparis.fr/spip.php?article380

https://www.google.com/q=notre+dame+cathedral&safe=of2

Eilean Donan Castle

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This weeks blog post centers around the land where the vikings settled and redheads are plentiful. In the Scottish highlands rests a castle called Eilean Donan. The castle stands on the meeting point of three lochs* surrounded by water and breathtaking scenery that pulls in many a tourist throughout the year. I know that this blog seems to be including more and more commonplace tourist attractions, but it simply cannot be helped, there is a reason these places gained the attention they did, also it’s my blog so…

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Because the castles is water locked a bridge is the only way to access the old and historic edifice. While it is said that a church was built on the site on the 6th century by the saint Donnan of Eigg, no trace of it can be found, and the true history dates back to the 13th century. With this impressive age comes consequences, Scotland does not have a very peaceful past itself and the castle has been rebuilt a few times before it came to be the beautiful structure that so many flock to when visiting the rocky highlands of Scotland.

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The history and stories are rich with this castle, though it also caters well to tourists, if you wish you can hold a wedding in the castle, or tour it yourself. This castle would be an interesting stop of you ever decide to land yourself in the rugged land of the Scots any time soon.

 

 

*Apparently lochs refers to a lake in Scotland, which certainly clears up any confusion I retained regarding the origin of the Loch Ness Monster’s name and history.

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eilean_Donan#The_modern_castle

http://www.eileandonancastle.com/

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