Remembering Notre Dame
What happened yesterday was too horrible to comprehend. I had to gather my thoughts about my experience with the great cathedral.
As a child, I loved to look at my parents’ photo albums. In 1949, the year after they were married they went to France in a group tour through war-scarred Europe to get there. The Notre Dame was on their list to see. I still have the photos now my parents are dead long ago. I am glad my parents don’t live to see this tragic event. I remember the sight of the frightening fable animal watching over Paris from the ramps of the Cathedral.
My grandparents went to Paris as their first trip after WWII. A description follows here.
As a child, I also knew of the Notre Dame as I had read Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback from Notre Dame. Children of today know of the church from Disney film of the same name.
As a young person, I went to Paris too it was in 1971. Unfortunately, I have no photos of that time. I had to wait 36 years until my children had grown up to make the trip again in 2007 and 2011.
I remember it was quite difficult to get inside and up in the tower because of the long lines of patient tourists. I have only one picture from some of the interior.
In 2011 we succeeded to get as far up as you could. Slide show from the many views and angles. If you wish, the pictures can be stopped.
It took the builders two hundred years to finish the Cathedral in 1345. As a fellow tweeter says:
It was 850 years old but survived the French Revolution, other wars and two World Wars.
I hope we will get the correct cause on this terrible fire.