Notre-Dame de Paris

Notre-Dame de Paris has become one of the most recognized monuments in France and around the world. With 12 million visitors annually, until of course recently when it caught on fire, you couldn’t visit Paris and not visit Notre Dame. Interest surfaced in this gothic cathedral in 1831, when Victor Hugo published his novel, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, in an effort to save the Cathedral and expose its deteriorating conditions.

Construction of Notre Dame began in 1163, under the ruling of King Louis XVII and Pope Alexander III. Louis IX deposited relics from passion of the Christ during the construction. Relics which included the crown of thorns and a nail from the cross. Throughout the centuries, Notre Dame has endured several restorations and of course, with the most recent fire, it will be a couple of years before it is opened to the public again.

I had the honor of visiting Notre Dame in 2018. This wasn’t one of the main attractions in my list when I traveled to France, but ended being my second favorite place in Paris, after the Louvre Museum. I was vey fortunate to stay in a hotel that was within walking distance to Notre Dame, but do know that there are several other ways to get here, the most easy and common one is by metro. The closest metro station to Notre Dame is the St. Michel-de Notre Dame. Also know, that riding the metro in Paris is easy and safe and clean 🙂

Of course if you know anything about Notre Dame you know that it is a Catholic Church and practitioners still congregate here, specially during Holy week each year. Mass is offered daily and as a visitor, I would suggest just to stay mindful of on-going services. Tourist are not restricted from entering during service and staying respectful is always a good practice (even if you are not Catholic). There are no words that can accurately help me describe the beauty of this cathedral. It is huge, very gothic, and its glass windows are unlike anything I have ever seen. I loved it so much, I went back a second time during my stay there.

The line to enter the cathedral wasn’t too long and the wait wasn’t too bad. Yes, there is a line which can sometimes be very long. I would definitely suggest visiting on a week or days that is not a religious holiday, for these occasions attract many more visitors. There is no cost to enter Notre Dame, pictures are allowed, but food or drinks are prohibited. There was also a display of villagers in one of the wings of the cathedral, which I thought was adorable (you will the pictures below). One of the most fascinating things I found, were the glass windows with depictions of various scenes from the bible, from both the Old Testament and the New Testament. Thankfully, these were saved from the most recent fire. Visitors are also allowed to climb the North Tower, but do know that it’s 387 steps each way and the spiral stairs are narrow. The cost to climb the tower at the time of my visit was $10 Euros. This was all worth it for me, as I got some amazing views on the city on Paris.

Amazing view of Paris from inside the North Tower at Notre Dame

Below are some of the most fascinating pictures I captured during my visit here. I hope to visit again one day, when Notre Dame opens back to the public. I am recommending that when visits are available and you happen to be in Paris, don’t forget to stop by and admire history.


Welcome June 2019

Can you believe that we are half-way through 2019 already? Geesh, time flies. I was looking at my vision board today and I realized that I am so out of focus. Not too sure when this all happened, because I had very clear goals when the year started, but life happens and I am not beating myself up for it.

As we welcome a new month, it is always a great opportunity to revisit our goals, re-strategize and reset.

During the month of June, I would like to really focus on my mental health as well as in my physical fitness. Mental health is something that during the last four years, has become very important to me. I used to get up 30 minutes earlier three-times a week and practice meditation and yoga, then I stopped. So, this practice will have to come back into my life. When you really get into meditation, your life changes. At least, that has been my experience. I would also like to get back into running consistently; especially since I have Chicago Marathon and the Marine Corps Marathon this fall. My fitness has to be on point so that I don’t get injured.

As we start off this month, what are some of your goals to work on?


Picture of The Week: Mexico City Airport

I was recently in Mexico City waiting for my flight back to the U.S. and I happened to stumble across this wall inside the airport. Although these types of depictions of Frida Kahlo can be found all around the city, it is the first time I see it at the airport. It’s actually a wall to a store that sells souvenirs.

I am a huge Frida Kahlo fan! I will definitely be sharing a lot of things about my Frida Kahlo findings, sightings, and gems.

Location: Benito Juarez International Airport, Mexico City
May 2019


This DC Girl

Hey there! Welcome! I would like to introduce myself and tell you a little about me, since I’ve decided to refresh my blog and expand my topics.

I’m Mayra Jordan or better known as Mj. I’m a daughter, sister, aunty, friend, traveler, marathoner, fitness enthusiast and the girl next door, and now a wanna-be blogger 🙂

I am passionate about traveling and learning about different cultures. In 2017, after years of living through several staycations, I decided to start living a little and travel the world. So far, so good! I will be sharing my experiences, tips and pictures with you of previous and current travels. I, too, was scared of traveling alone, but now I truly enjoy being what Instagramers call, a ‘solo traveler’, and I love it.

I am also passionate about running and fitness; although I will admit that I need to improve on my food consumption choices. I have ran 1 marathon, 11 half-marathons and I’ve lost track of how many ten-mile races and 5K races I have completed. I will begin marathon training soon for the Chicago Marathon (October 13th) and the Marine’s Corps Marathon (October 28th). Yes, I too have asked myself, why am I running 2 marathons in one month?

Now, just in case you are wondering what I do for-a-living, I will tell you that during the day, I am in Project Management and as my sometimes side-gig, I coach people and prepare them for job-interviews. This makes me a Job-Interview Coach. Hopefully in the near future I will leave all this behind and become a Yoga Teacher. I have even thought about going back-to school and getting a degree focusing on nutrition and fitness. Yes, besides running I also lift weights. My brother and I have an Instagram page where we both share our journeys.

Other things you might be curious about (or not, LOL) about me: I have 2 nieces and 2 nephews; an older sister and a younger brother; I have no children of my own and I am currently single (yay! I don’ have to buy Christmas presents). I am a District of Columbia resident and I love every moment of not being able to find parking near my building. I honestly love living in the district. The location of my condo allows for me to walk or run to the Capitol, D.C. monuments and surrounding areas. I wouldn’t change it for anything, except a much bigger condo in D.C..

I hope that we will get to know each other and support each other in whatever journey we are currently living.