My humans in Paris…(Part 3)

Before my humans went to France, they would sometimes meet French people who would tell them that baguettes and croissants just don’t taste the same outside France – but they never really believed it…

…until the first morning after they arrived in Paris, when they sat down to a Continental breakfast…ooooh…it’s true! They had never tasted bread like that before…and as for the croissants…my humans said they melted in your mouth. And if you wanted something a bit more, you could have a French herb omelette – crispy & fluffy at the edges, filled with ham, cheese, tomatoes…or a pain au chocolat, oozing with dark chocolate…or a crunchy sweet brioche…or crusty little sticks of benoîtons…all washed down with freshly-squeezed orange juice…you never think of skipping breakfast in France! :P

Of course, breakfast on this morning was especially important because it was going to be a big day! My blog friend, Thy, guessed it right…it was Hsin-Yi’s brother’s wedding day! :P

Well, actually, it was not the day of the proper, big wedding party (that’s going to be later in Provence) but just the day of the “civil wedding” – which is when humans go to a special office to sign lots of papers that say they are now husband & wife and have to share everything.

So everybody got dressed up in nice clothes and nice hair and all went to the special office to wait for the happy couple.

Hsin-Yi especially wanted to get there early because her brother had asked her to be the official Photographer Human for the day and so she was rushing around with her camera machine, worried she wouldn’t get any good photos…

…but luckily, she got some nice ones!

Hsin-Yi’s brother’s new wife had specially worn a beautiful red Chinese qipao (pronounced chee-pow) in honour – doesn’t she look gorgeous?

And now everybody couldn’t wait for the big wedding party the following week in Provence!

The next day, my humans were up early again and rushing off to another “must-do” in Paris: a cruise on La Seine (the Seine River)!

They went on a famous boat called the Bateaux Mouches - which has been taking people up and down the river for more than 60 years.

As you can see – it was very windy! ;)

The boat passed lots of interesting things – like famous museums and buildings and statues…

…but my humans thought one of the most interesting was the funny things along the side of the river! Look – they’d put out giant beanbags for people to sit on…

…and even made ‘beaches’ for human families to go and play in…

…with funny giant deck chairs! :P

Ooh…those giant beanbags look so comfy – they’re even bigger than my giant beanbag bed – I wish my humans could have brought one back for me!

Hsin-Yi’s favourite things on the river, though, were the beautiful bridges…

…there are 37 bridges across the Seine, just in Paris (and more outside Paris) – my humans had never seen so many bridges in their lives! :D

And of course, one of the most famous things that the cruise passes is La Tour Eiffel - the Eiffel Tower! My humans decided not to visit it this time because they had both been there before, on school trips, when they were human pups and they didn’t really want to wait for hours in ANOTHER queue! But it was still nice to see it from afar!

After all that cruising and fresh river air, my humans and their mummies needed a big lunch! They found a lovely “typical Parisian cafe” to sit down in together….and have some typical Parisian yummies – ha! ha!

It was a bit of a sad lunch, though, because it was their last lunch altogether as Paul’s mummy, Mum, had to get on a big train machine called the Eurostar, after lunch, and go back to England…

…while my humans & Ma-Ma were off down to Provence, to continue doing more sightseeing before heading for the big wedding party.

But before they left Paris, there was one more place which they just had to visit:  17 years ago, Hsin-Yi had come from England with her brother for a very short visit to Paris, arranged by his university. They had come on a coach machine, on the ferry, and rushed around Paris for 1 day and didn’t really see anything properly at all – especially not the one thing that Hsin-Yi desperately wanted to see, more than anything else: the Cathédral Notre-Dame de Paris.

You see, there is a famous story called ‘The Hunchback of Notre-Dame’ by Victor Hugo, about a poor human, called Quasimodo, who was born with an ugly big bump on his back and nobody wanted to be his friend so he had to spend his whole life in the cathedral, just ringing the great bells…

…and then he fell in love with a beautiful gypsy girl called Esmerelda and tried to save her from bad people…

…but everybody died in a horrible way in the end.

It is such a terribly sad & romantic story that it made a big mark on Hsin-Yi’s brain when she was a human pup and has stayed there ever since.

And you know how much Hsin-Yi loves to visit places that she has read about in storybooks – so at the end of the day, she & her brother ‘ran away’ from the university group, to go find the Notre-Dame Cathedral by themselves…but when they finally got there, it was closed! :(

So Hsin-Yi just stood outside the closed gates and looked up at the beautiful, dark cathedral and felt very sad. And she promised herself that she would come back to Paris one day – and she would definitely see the cathedral next time…

…this time!

Can you see the huge queue of people? But this was 1 queue that Hsin-Yi didn’t mind joining! :P

And finally, they were inside…

 

It was all so beautiful but Hsin-Yi’s favourites were the gorgeous chandeliers hanging from the ceiling….she must have taken dozens of pictures of them! :P But don’t worry – I won’t show you all of them!

But wait! What about the famous Notre-Dame gargoyles?

In case you’re wondering what’s a gargoyle, these are special kinds of ugly, scary statues that live on the walls of some churches (and even some universities – like my humans’ college back in Oxford!).

They usually have really ugly, mean faces and look like monsters…but they are actually supposed to help scare evil spirits away and protect the building.

They also have another job – they help to spit the rainwater, that collects on the roofs, out of their mouths! This is so that rainwater doesn’t run straight down the walls of the beautiful buildings, which would wash away and damage all the stones, after many years. In fact, the name “gargoyle” comes from the gurgle-gurgle sound of water rushing through their mouths.

The Notre-Dame cathedral is famous for its many strange & ugly gargoyles – in fact, they are so ugly, they are almost beautiful! :P And no visit to Notre-Dame would be complete without climbing to the top to see the view of Paris with all the gargoyles around you for company!

So my humans had to join another queue (for another hour!) to climb up the tower to the top of Notre-Dame. There were over 400 steps to the top (and no lifts!) in a very, very narrow, spirally staircase but Hsin-Yi was so excited, she was the first one up the steps and zooming to the top! :P

(by the way, Ma-Ma decided her knees were too old to climb all those steps or wait for another hour in the queue – she decided she’d rather spend the time drinking coffee in a Parisan cafe and watching the people going past! :D )

And what a view met their eyes when my humans reached the top! It made all the stairs worth it!!

 

(look! Can you see the hill at Montmartre with the Sacre-Coeur Basilica in the distance?)

And Hsin-Yi was even more excited when she found that they could climb into the great belfry… 

…and see the Notre-Dame bells! Yes! The ones that Quasimodo used to ring! :P

Well, after 17 years, Notre-Dame certainly lived up to Hsin-Yi’s dreams! :P

And now, sadly, it was time to say goodbye to Paris…

…and head on down to Provence!

Stay tuned for more of my humans’ adventures in the south of France!

 

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p.s. Look at Paul being silly and trying to do a “gargoyle face” – hee! hee!

Think that’s good? That’s nothing! Check out me & Muesli’s! :D

  

 

If you missed them, here is Part 1 & Part 2

 

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44 Responses to My humans in Paris…(Part 3)

  1. Shunting the Pekingese says:

    Hi Honey,

    My human has watched Disney’s version of Hunchback of Notre Dame(it’s not as sad as the book) when she was a little pup. She also got the shivers when she saw Hsin-Yi’s photos. She’s studying something called animation at the moment, which is making a movie with lots and lots of pictures(crazy I know!), and it is also what Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame is.

    Her eyes is now all goggly, and she keeps muttering how much research Disney’s team done and got all the little details down and what they portrayed was so accurate. Silly human, nothing beats the real thing!

    Signed,
    Shunting the Fluffball.

  2. Shunting the Pekingese says:

    ps. I like Muesli’s gargoyle face the best.

  3. Oh my! Mommy just loves traveling “vicariously” through your Hsin-Yi. Such a wonderful experience they must have had, made even more special being surrounded by family gathering for a happy day!

    And, your gargoyle faces are scaaaarrryyy!!! I yelped and hid behind mommy when I say it. Is that the face you made at that bully kitty messing with Muesli? If so, I can certainly see why it ran off!!

    Puppy Love,
    Jasmine & Winstin

  4. 2browndawgs says:

    Wow Notre Dame sure is beautiful. Love the gargoyle faces…lol. I don’t know why but lately when I read your blog Honey, I get so hungry. :)

  5. Rubie says:

    My people wish they knew how to speak French – and then go back to Paris and soak it all in properly. They had unpleasant experiences with the language barrier….

    But mum says it is the most beautiful place in the world, and your pictures prove that!! And the food pictures…..ooohhh la la!! Tummy rumbling!!

    What’s for our breakfast ma????

    Tail Wuggles, Rubie.

  6. more…more … more pictures and talking about this wonderful trip!!! PLEASE!

  7. What a wonderful trip your humans are having. lovely pictures, the windows and your own gargoyle faces are my favourites.

  8. Vero says:

    I love a good baguette, but when travelling, I often enjoy local breads, when there are some. Croissants are also found in many countries, but they Never are as good as in France. :-)
    Re Notre Dame, i’m not a religious person, really not. But the last time I was inside Notre Dame, a choir was singing. I was petrified by the beauty of their voices. It was really divine,
    Have you read the original story of the Hunch back of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo?

    • bighoneydog says:

      Actually, I haven’t read the original book! Although I do know the story (I understand the book is quite heavy-going and very “slow”, especially in the beginning!) – I did watch a very old version of the film when I was a child and that made a huge impression on me. I hate stories without happy endings but I have to say, there is something about these sorts of “tragic” stories that are more powerful and stick in the mind, isn’t there?
      ~Hsin-Yi

      • Vero says:

        Victor Hugo is one of our best writers. Yes, the book is very slow, but it is interesting for the views it gives on religion and the place of women in society. I was really schocked by the gap between the XIX century and now… If I had read it as a kid, I would have found it boring, reading it as a 50 year old made it quite interesting.
        Maybe you saw the musical? I found out that it takes a lot from the original text.

      • Indy Bones says:

        Hi Hsin-Yi, my human and I completely agree about those kind of tragic stories. My human Diane just recently watch the movie Gettysburg (way too long for a pup like me) and even tho parts were tragic, she loved every part of it because it was such a part of history. My humans took me to the Gettsburg battle fields not too long ago (it was a car tour you take at your own pace) and I got to see where the battles were fought. Putting the connection together to something you have read versus actually seeing it in person is so special! We could tell from your writing that this part of the trip was VERY special for you too. You can feel your excitement from looking at the photos. And we think Paul has a STELLAR gargoyle face ha ha.

        Your friends,

        Indy Bones and human Diane

  9. Vero says:

    Oh I forgot the most important: the novi (newly weds) are beautiful. I wish them many many years of pure happiness

  10. WHAT!!! they all died in the end of “The Hunchback of Notre-dame” Disney has been lying to us :p

    All those gargoyles are fabulous, the amount of effort gone into those types of buildings is just amazing! Notre-dame is one of the place my human would love to visit :)

    And sorry Honey and Muesli, Paul gargoyle face is just AWESOME! :) All he needs is a bit of drool to play the part of rain water :p

    Licks and lots of slobber,
    Lexi and Jasper the Danes

  11. Oh thank you once again. I love ‘visiting’ Paris with you. Everything looks amazing. I think I wouldn’t be able to fit into my clothes if I really went there. That food looks soooo good. Sorry Honey and Muesli, Paul wins the gargoyle face, hands down. Looking forward to the wedding next time. No worries, and love, Carol (and Stella and Rory)

  12. Lincoln says:

    Oh how we love reading about your humans in Paris. One of my human was born in Paris and lived there until she was 20 and the other one used to live only 1 hour by train away from it and it is always cool and interesting to see Paris in the eyes of people that don’t see it in it’s “every day life” and so we can rediscover all the aspects of its beauty that we sometime forget when we are so used to it.
    Laura loves the Cathedrale de Notre Dame de Paris too – especially at night. She used to sit there with friends on summer nights and she remember the feeling she had. You feel so tiny and she could not help but think about how long it had taken to built it (almost two centuries).

    Can’t wait to read more about their adventures in Provence,

    Love,
    Lincoln

  13. sara, oreo and chewy says:

    Everything is so beautiful…even the food! Love the big bean bags and “beach”. Great way to encourage people to relax and enjoy the scenery.

  14. Roo says:

    Ha! Y’all made excellent gargoyle faces! :D Such fabulous photos of everything! The stained glass windows were awesome! Gotta say the gargoyles are my favorite though ;D

    Waggin at ya,
    Roo

  15. Ionela says:

    I absolutely love your stories! Whenever I’ll go to Paris I must come back to your blog for ideas and things to see there. Thanks for sharing! I always look forward to new posts. PS: Hsin-Yi’s dress for the civil wedding is absolutely gorgeous and she looks amazing in it!

  16. Icelandic Ally from NYC says:

    I used to live in Paris, about 15 min walk from Notre Dame, on Boulevard St. Michel :)

    So glad to hear that you had a good time in my old city :D:DD:

    Many happy wishes to the newly weds.

  17. Mina & Maks says:

    The gargoyle look-a-like faces are the best!
    I love “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame” and would so much like to visit that place if I ever go to Paris, even more then the Eiffel Tower or all the museums … Especially if you can even touch the bells, wonderful!
    I can’t believe that just in Paris there are so many bridges, it’s hard to imagine … But sightseeing the city by riding a boat on the Seine river must have been interesting and relaxing experience.

    Take care,
    ~Mina

  18. Cheryl says:

    I adore these posts you guys! Hsin Yi you are an amazing photographer and indeed your Brothers wife is beautiful. Looks like an amazing trip!

  19. O gosh, we forgot to comment about the GIANT beanbags, and the GIANT sun-loungers! They are so awesome, our human was giggling at the sight of them!!

    Licks and lots of slobber,
    Lexi and Jasper the Danes

  20. such beautiful pictures! I LOVE the giant bean bags and giant lounge chairs! I would love if I came upon something like that!
    Congratulations to Hsin-Yi’s brother and his new wife! She looked beautiful in the traditional Chinese dress!

  21. Thy says:

    Paul’s mommy looks so young .Paul ! I think you ‘re too old to be her son :)
    Paul looks scary too ! The gargoyle face tells it all .

  22. So much wonderful food, so much history, and such long queues! I can’t imagine what it would be like to live in a place with so many people:)

    Congratulations to the happy couple. Beautiful photos. I think Paul definitely is the best Gargoyle:)

    Great ideas with the bean bags and beaches. And the huge chairs are fantastic.

    I need something decadent to eat now:)

  23. Bella the Dane says:

    Wow, the Notre Damme is beautiful! Thank you so much, Hsin-Yi, for going crazy with the camera and sharing all these wonderful pictures and adventures with us! :-)

    Honey and Muesli, both Chellie and me loved your gargoyle-pictures, but the scariest is definitely Pauls’! So “out of character” when we’re all so used to see him smiling patiently at Hsin-Yi’s self timer ;-)

    Slobbers, Bella

    PS. Where’s Hsin-Yi’s gargoyle photo?? ;-)

  24. Lucille says:

    It is amazing how many things your humans were able to visit!!!
    My humans would also love to visit Paris and they will, sooner or later!

    PS: sorry Honey, sorry Muesly, Paul was the best this time eh eh eh!!!!

    Ciao, Lucille

  25. Tessa says:

    Again such pawsomely beautiful pictures!

    Looks like your Pawrents had lots of FUN! I sure is glad that your Mom finally got to her favoriest place too!

    But the scary pics of you, Muesli and Paul are real, real scary. But I think the most frightening pic is of PAUL! BOL

    woos, Tessa

  26. Jed & Abby in MerryLand, USA says:

    Fantastically gruesome gargoyles! We thought Honey’s and Muesli’s gargoyle faces were just as good as Paul’s. Thanks again for the convenient and comfortable virtual tour of Paris. Now if we could just figure out a way to get the food here, without having to take the trip!

    Your new auntie is very beautiful, and her qipao is stunning. Mama is familiar with the civil/religious dual ceremony, but not with them taking place days and miles apart. Most interesting. Can’t wait to see the next installment!

    Jed & Abby

  27. Sparta the Great Dane says:

    My humans love Paris and France too, Honey. The photos are making mum Travel-Sick!!

  28. Lassiter Chase the Sheltie says:

    What a fabulous post! Mommy really liked the pictures with the stained glass windows in the cathedral. I like the gargoyle picture that Muesli did! I didn’t know the gargoyle name came from gurgle sounds — that’s pawsome!

  29. Marjie says:

    Well, Honey, you and Paul do good gargoyle faces, but Meusli wins that contest paws down! It does look like a magnificent trip, and Hsin-Yi’s brother’s bride is just lovely. I hope they will come to visit you soon, so you get to actually meet the family!

  30. Lucille says:

    Wow, lovely new photo and colour selection… really trendy…
    I like it a lot!!!
    Ciao Lucille

  31. Minnie says:

    Honey,

    So sorry we haven’t been around much…..mom has uh…fallen off the blogging bandwagon. She continues to take pictures but she says right now her life isn’t very exciting at all – surely not as much as yours!!! She wanted me to mention that she lovessssss the new layout and banner – you do look so gorgeous and regal!

    Anyway, gotta go….Mom is kicking me off the computer to look at a Dane brother or sister for me. She says she doesn’t know how you do it; she feels like danes are like potato chips — you can’t have just one! ;-) Perhaps if I didn’t want to eat kitties, a kitty brother or sister would suffice….but alas!

    Slobbers,

    Minnie the Great Dane and her mom, Jill too

  32. Thanks for your post – your photos reminded my mum of her time in Paris. Those gargoyle faces are great!

    Woofs,
    Riley

  33. Hsin-Yi took such great pictures of Paris! It looks like they had loads of fun. I wish I could go to Paris now, but Tonya says that’s probably not very realistic. ;) Anyway, glad Hsin-Yi and Paul had a great time, and I am glad to see you four are all back together again!

  34. Thanks for sharing Paris. It’s beautiful!

  35. We love your Gargoyle impersonations!!! What a wonderful trip! Such great photographs. We love reading all about your humans adventures!

  36. Emma says:

    Eeek those are some scary gargoyle faces. Honey and Muesli you should pose for sculptures.
    Mmm all that food looks absolutely delicious. I too wish we could find some of those giant beanbag chairs. Those are awesome.

    Emma

  37. BODIE says:

    Off to look in the fridge for more food. Feeling hungry.

  38. Glenlivet says:

    Hi Honey,

    Whaouuu, your humans made an wonderful visit of Paris !! The schedule must have been very tense, but it’s worth it ! :-) And your humans are very good photographs !
    My humans used to study in Paris, and they still really love this place. They enjoy your pictures, remembering the high school time.
    By the way, they didn’t know there are some giant deck chairs in “Paris-plage” and it seems they are awesome !!! I want a giant bean bag bed !!!
    Take care,

  39. Kirsten & Zeppelin says:

    Hi Honey and Hsin-yi,

    We have been away for soooo long!!! And just catching up on the latest adventures. Our computer died on us, and we have been working trying to figure out what has been going on with it. But Kirsten was given a laptop to help her with her schooling and it has this thing called wi-fi which she can use to connect to your blog. She was very happy because this is where she comes for all your exciting adventures, and felt sad she couldn’t read them as you posted them. But now that were back she loved reading about you time and Paris! And can we just say that the stained glass pictures are gorgeous!!! And that picture at the very end with Paul, Honey, and Muesli…..priceless!! :)

    Love and Slobbers,

    Zeppelin and Kirsten

  40. Good grief!! You guys all make fantastic gargoyle faces! Very cool!

    That’s so exciting that you got to go to Notre Dame. Too cool! It looks like such a fun place to explore. I love the picture of you standing with the bell. So awesome!

    I’ve enjoyed these posts a lot. :)

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