Our 3rd Paris Bucket Lists Checked: Notre Dame St. Michel Cathedral

In this post, I will still talk about me and my significant other’s bucket lists during our last trip to Paris. It was just last month since I went back from my second trip to Paris, we had so much fun last time which we’ll never forget.

Every time I travel abroad, especially to European countries, I always spare my times to visit some worship places, most of the times I went to many cathedrals just wants to see their old architecture as well as the interior design of the cathedrals. Basically, I love architecture and interior design, since long time ago.

So here I am gonna show you our good times during our visit to the famous and oldest Cathedral in Paris…

Notre Dame Cathedral.

It was a beautiful day during spring!

That was my second time to visit Notre Dame Cathedral. My first time went there back in 2015, but I was not able to go inside the Cathedral because I had limited short time of visit and plus, the queue was very loooong! Last month I went there with my boyfriend, the queue also very long but then it faster for the visitors who wanted to go in.

Oh, look at the details of the front of the building (Western facade)

As you can see from the whole architecture of this building, it is a medieval Catholic cathedral and very well-known as one of French Gothic architecture. The construction has begun in 1163 during Louis VII, and the elements were completed around 1345.

The Evolution of the Cathedral in France

As a Moslem, I really love to see and visit gothic cathedrals in Europe because first, we don’t have such very old buildings in my hometown, Jakarta. So it will be different experiences for me. And the last, I like to learn how they pray and try to look at every different worship places, as well as to understand their histories. I was so lucky that I have French boyfriend which also was my personal tour guide in Paris, so he could tell me all about the church and its history. Merci beaucoup mon sayang.. Bisous!

A view from the left-side of the Cathedral

In Indonesia, we have a lot of mosques, churches, monasteries (Vihara/Wihara is a Buddhist worship place), and some of the Hinduist temples (there are many of Hinduist temples in Bali). For me, it is important to learn other religious activities and cultures, because it will make us understand to each other’s belief as well as to embrace the differenciancies.

Magnificent view from behind of the Cathedral

Okay back to this Notre Dame, this cathedral located in Central of Paris. Where you can get the transportation easily by RER B (blue line), RER C (yellow line), and Metro Line 4 (fuschia), besides you can also reach the place easily by some busses.

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Pictures was taken by me.

5th Arrondissement of Paris, Île de la Cité.

Our 1st Paris Bucket Lists Checked: Sacré-Cœur

This is the first place which we put as our first must visit place while we were in Paris. Well, I actually was insisted on making our itinerary trip to Paris. I hardly in love with Sacré-Cœur and it was on my bucket list in 2015, but I didn’t have so much time to visit this Basilica. That is why I am the one who insisted on putting this in our first Paris Bucket Lists (and thank youuu for being so nice and received my idea, love ❤ hahaha).

Here I am gonna show you my amateur pictures which I took with my phone. Hope you’ll enjoy it!

The first #OurParisBucketlists checked!

La Basilique du Sacré Cœur de Montmartre

A popular landmark, the basilica is located at the summit of the Montmartre, the highest point in the city. The Sacré-Cœur Basilica was designed by Paul Abadie. The construction began in 1875 and was finished in 1914. It was consecrated after the end of World War I in 1919.

This Roman Catholic church construction began in 1875 and was finished in 1914

The inspiration for Sacré Cœur’s design originated on 4 September 1870, the day of the proclamation of the Third Republic, with a speech by Bishop Fournier attributing the defeat of French troops during the Franco-Prussian War to a divine punishment after “a century of moral decline” since the French Revolution, in the wake of the division in French society that arose in the decades following that revolution, between devout Catholics and legitimist royalists on one side, and democrats, secularists, socialists, and radicals on the other.

There is a King Saint Louis IX statue above

The overall style of the structure shows a free interpretation of Romano-Byzantine features, an unusual architectural vocabulary at the time, which was a conscious reaction against the neo-Baroque excesses of the Palais Garnier cited in the competition. Many design elements of the basilica symbolise nationalist themes: the portico, with its three arches, is adorned by two equestrian statues of French national saints Joan of Arc (1927) and King Saint Louis IX, both executed in bronze by Hippolyte Lefebvre; and the nineteen-ton Savoyarde bell (one of the world’s heaviest), cast in 1895 in Annecy, alludes to the annexation of Savoy in 1860.

Stunning interior of the Basilica
A beautiful polaroid picture from us ❤

 

Source: Wikipedia

Picture taken by: Astrid Maharani

WITT #15: Welcome, March!

Heyho! Sorry, I’ve been busy recently with some works these past few days and I guess it will be busier in upcoming weeks, even until at the end of this March. There will be some important events, short projects, and another reports to be finished. Let’s cross fingers, everything gonna be alright!

Anyway, I started my 1st of March with a super useful and full of knowledge by joined and arranged a workshop which specifically made for Indonesian CSOs which working on and/or has a campaign on the abolition of the death penalty issues. In this chance, we met with some senior advocates as well as some of the junior staff, campaign and social media staff, and even the university students. I really like this workshop because I could be a participant and the organiser at the same time, which is super-cool and yet busy.

And plus, this early of March, Jakartans, Indonesian and even other countries were looking at us! Why? What else if it’s not about the King of Saudi Arabian who is currently having a holiday in Bali with his 1.500 entourage. Yes, one thousand five hundred people flew from Saudi Arabia to Indonesia. Well, I don’t understand why Indonesian people should or specifically our Government seems very exaggerated due to his visit to Indonesia. Oh yes, and it’s even funnier when I knew, the King and his entourage will visit Bali for their holiday. Sorry for being so rude with the question, but I just don’t get it, why the King really wants to go there while Bali is quite famous for beautiful beaches and surrounded by beautiful, sexy girls who usually use bikinis, not burqini?

Ok, let’s be positive, maybe they really want to get tanned.

Welcome, March, fellas! I wish you have a good spring season ❤