Sainte Chapelle: Hidden Jewel Of Paris’ Ile de la Cité

In the midst of the historic Ile de le Cité in Paris, tourists can find an impressive gothic church. It features stunning stained glass windows, including a beautiful rose window, and has seen nearly a millennium of royal and religious history. If you’re thinking that this sounds like Paris’s world-famous Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, you’re right. But it also describes Notre-Dame’s nearby (and under-appreciated) neighbor on Ile de le Cité: Sainte Chapelle.

Sainte Chapelle Paris

Sainte Chapelle isn’t just hidden in the figurative sense that many Paris tourists don’t know about it. It’s also literally hidden, encased inside the former French royal palace complex that is now the Paris Palais de Justice. (Below, you can just see the spire of Sainte Chapelle sticking up over the long flat roof of the Conciergerie in the middle of the photo.)

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Can we survive organizing the garage?

Now that we’ve been living with (and loving) our newly organized laundry room for awhile, it’s time to get serious about our next project: organizing the garage. The project of getting the garage organized has lingered on our to-do list for quite awhile. I actually took these “before” pictures a year ago, when we had

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Digital Layout | It’s a Great Big World

I’m on a flight to Paris today, headed for the Creativeworld show in Frankfurt. So I thought I would share the next page in my digital travel scrapbook – since it’s the page about taking this same flight last year! I love taking pictures of the airplanes I fly. It’s where the journey really begins!

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DIY A Simple Bag Makeover for Practical Style

Sometimes the simplest projects can turn out to be the ones that we love the most. That turned out to be the case with my most recent DIY fashion project, a simple bag makeover that took a canvas bag from boring to fabulous! I’m not what you’d call a fashionista in my day to day

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The Homeschool Vegetable Garden Project – Part 1

We’re currently going through what we call “winter” here in Central Florida. The temperature actually dropped below freezing for a few hours the other night! I know, don’t hate. So, what’s the natural response to freezing temperatures in January? Planning to start a homeschool vegetable garden of course! A Little History First and foremost, understand

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8 Reasons for Secular Homeschooling

A lot is written about religious homeschooling. But not so much is written about why families choose secular homeschooling. It would seem that secular homeschool families are as rare as snowflakes in Florida. But hey, did you notice it snowed in Tallahassee this week? It’s true – look closely and you’ll discover we aren’t as

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My New Year’s Resolution

It’s that time again. We all woke up bleary-eyed this morning from the late night last night. (Did anyone ever find Mariah’s tea?) And then we declared we wanted to make ourselves better by making a new year’s resolution. So in that spirit I’ll share my new year’s resolution. My new year’s resolution is…that I’m

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My Practical Laundry Room Makeover Reveal!

It’s taken weeks of work, and my original plan has been adjusted some, but it’s finally done! I can finally show you all my practical laundry room makeover reveal! If you haven’t already, you might want to take a moment first to look at the laundry room’s “before” in my Laundry Room Makeover Planning article.

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