Notre Dame is pulling out all the stops to celebrate its 850th anniversary in 2013. One of the major projects is the installation of nine new bells in the bell tower.
From now until February 25th the bells will be on display to the public in the center of the cathedral before they are installed in the bell tower. Once installed, the new bells will have their premiere ringing on March 23 the week before Easter. I was there yesterday morning and you are allowed to touch the bells. I ran my hand across the cold, hard, smooth steel.
Eight of the bells, with a combined weight of 23 tons, were fabricated in a foundry in Villedieu-les-Poeles a village in Normandy. The ninth, called the Great Bell, weighs in at an astounding 6,023 kilos and has the words French Hail Mary embossed on it. It was financed by the foundation of Liliane Bettencourt, the heiress to the L’Oreal fortune and the richest woman in France. The bells are named after the saints Jean-Marie, Maurice, Benoit-Joseph, Steven, Marcel, Dennis, Anne-Genevieve, Gabriel, and the Great Bell, Mary.
I am pleased as punch to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Tours, which are 3-hour walking tours I will personally be leading. The Eye Prefer Paris Tour includes many of the places I have written about such as small museums & galleries, restaurants, cafes & food markets, secret addresses, fashion & home boutiques, parks, and much more.
Tours cost 195 euros for up to 3 people, and 65 euros for each additional person. I look forward to meeting you on my tours and it will be my pleasure and delight to show you my insiders Paris.
Check it out at www.eyepreferparistours.com
New! Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes
I am happy to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes. Come take an ethnic culinary journey with me and chef and caterer Charlotte Puckette, co-author of the bestseller The Ethnic Paris Cookbook (with Olivia Kiang-Snaije). First we will shop at a Paris green-market for the freshest ingredients and then return to Charlotte's professional kitchen near the Eiffel Tower to cook a three-course lunch. After, we will indulge in the delicious feast we prepared along with hand-selected wines.
Cost: 185 euros per person (about $240)
Time: 9:30AM- 2PM (approximately 4 1/2 hours)
Location: We will meet by a metro station close to the market
Class days: Tuesday,Wednesday, Thursday,Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Minimum of 2 students, maximum 6 students.
Click here to sign up for the next class or for more info.
I am happy to announce the sale of a new set of prints of my Eye Prefer Paris Photos. I am offering 20 of my most popular and iconic images for sale including my doors, architectural details, statues, and monuments. They will make great gifts for all your Francophile friends, relatives, and colleagues but don't forget to buy some for yourself.
Click here to see photos and for full details including sizes, prices, and shipping. Here is a sample of some of the photos.