... the Tour Saint-Jacques last night, on my way to catch a bus home after a girls-night-out with one of my good friends visiting from NYC.
I love this ornately gothic tower, which is all that remains of a church -- with the unusual name of "Saint James of the Butchery" -- that was leveled during the French Revolution. It was built between 1509-1523 during the reign of François I, and its name comes from the Les Halles butchers, who were the wealthy patrons of this church. The tower was was designed to welcome pilgrims who were on their way to the town of Tours, en route to a pilgrimage in Santiago de Compostela. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.