We didn't set the alarm this morning, so we didn't even leave the hostel until 11:30ish. Oh well. The sleep was good and much needed. We tried to go to the Catacombs, but encountered some troubles. It took us 25 minutes of running around the same three blocks before we could even find the entrance, only to find out that it is closed for repairs this month. How ridiculous.
We headed over to the Pantheon instead, which was pretty cool. We went downstairs to the crypts and saw the tombs of Victor Hugo, Voltair, Dumas, and a lot of other great people. It was rather humbling. In the middle of the room upstairs, there was a huge pendulum. We couldn't figure out what it did, though.
Centre Pompidou was next on our list, but we got off at the metro stop Chatlet-Les Halles and found ourselves in a giant underground mall, which could have been cool, but we couldn't find an exit. It took so long to get out of there. Before leaving, I dropped off my camera memory card at a photo service shop, but when I picked it up, they charged me 18 euro! It was such a rip off. And then I erased everything from my memory card, only to discover that non of the videos had been transferred onto the CD, so I lost all of them. :-(
When we finally got outside, we were way the hell on the other side of the mall, but we saw a sign indicating Notre Dame's metro stop. Already being in a "screw it," kind of mood, we hopped on the metro and went over to the cathedral. It was so amazing. As we sat in the center of the cathedral and looked around, I was completely speechless. I just kept thinking about how people had built these ceilings so high and magnificent to show their devotion to God. They must have had so much faith. It really made me feel like He was right there, just above the vaulted ceiling.
After that humbling experience, we made our way over to Centre Pompidou, which was somewhat of a let-down. For 5 euro, all we got to see was one floor of very weird modern art. We couldn't even get into the library. I guess it's called the "inside-out building" for a very valid reason; the outside is very interesting and the inside doesn't really contain anything worth paying to see. Live and learn.
We found this crazy fountain with bizarre mechanical sculptures in it a couple blocks from Centre Pompidou. It was pretty crazy and interesting and just about made up for our wasted time/money at Pompidou.Â
For dinner, we went to a grocery store and picked up cheese, biscattes, and sausage, which actually made for a great meal.