The Chairs of Saint-Sulpice
It's a shame that Saint-Sulpice's pop cultural affiliations (thanks, Dan Brown!) have made this gorgeous church a tourist madhouse. We intended to visit Saint Sulpice last year during our unofficial "Churches of Paris" tour (we're obsessed with the architecture), but were turned off by the scores of Da Vinci code tour groups. There were at least four or five mobbing the doors. No thanks. On Saturday, we were in the neighborhood and decided to pop in. It was raining hard, and there was no one in sight, so we were hoping for a quiet tour. And that's what we got. Not only was it quiet, there were just two people inside! It was a cool feeling, and the echo went right through me. We walked around taking in the beautiful stone, dizzying heights and delicious architectural details. But what I was most interested in were the chairs. For some reason, the rows and rows of empty chairs struck me. There was a heaviness to it, and I couldn't stop photographing them. Aren't they lovely?