Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Notre-Dame de Paris, In Tribute and Sorrow

I don't even know what to say. What a loss to Paris, to the world, to all of us who love Paris, and to everyone who never had the chance to get there to see Notre-Dame Cathedral.

Building started on it in 1163. It survived the French Revolution, two world wars. I can't believe it. I was there in September 2017 with three friends, including Kaye Wilkinson Barley, a trip I'll never forget. My father, who was there in the 1950s, wanted me to see Paris. I'm sure Notre-Dame Cathedral was one site he wanted me to see.

All I can do is pay tribute. It's a loss to all of us.


Jeff Meyerson said...

So true, Lesa. The good news is, this morning they are saying the three Rose Windows did survive. We were there in 1972-73-74 and 1985. They used to let you climb to the roof and you got an amazing close-up view of the gargoyles. In 1974, I did this, and then a few days later my cousin visited us there and wanted to climb to the top, so I did it again. You get amazing views of Paris from the top.

I know it will take years and it will never be the same, but let's hope they can rebuild the damaged sections.

Lesa said...

I know, Jeff. I saw that about the Rose Windows this morning. Such good news. And, it does sound as if they'll rebuild. It's such a special building.

I didn't know they used to allow you to climb to the roof. I wouldn't have done it - scared of heights. But, I do believe you when you say the views are amazing.

A tragedy, but I think it will bring people together in a common goal of rebuilding.

Jeff Meyerson said...

Jackie is like you, afraid of heights. She would never climb the churches. Of course, St. Peter's in Rome is the big one, but I've also done St. Paul's in London and a few others.

Lesa said...

I wouldn't climb the castle in Ireland, although my sister and brother-in-law did. On the other hand, because I stayed in the Great Hall, I heard the fascinating talk a tour guide gave when he came through. Sometimes, it works out okay.

Glen Davis said...

I always worry that something like this might be a harbinger or an omen.

Lesa said...

I know what you mean, Glen. I hope not.