I must have taken hundreds upon hundreds of photos of Notre Dame de Paris over the past twenty-five years.
When I moved from the 11th arrondissement on the Right Bank to the 5th arrondissement on the Left Bank and discovered that Our Lady of Paris was just a ten-minute stroll along the quai of the Seine from chez moi, I couldn’t believe my great fortune.
Every day for the next fifteen years of my life in this quartier, I made it a point to pay a visit to the Cathedral – just to make sure she was still there.
She is still there.
When Philippe and I had to move out of our flat ten years ago, I was determined to stay close to the Cathedral. Mission accomplished.
I continue to make my daily treks to Notre Dame de Paris. And I continue to snap away.
I have taken hundreds upon hundreds of photos of Our Lady of Paris.
Philippe laughs at me when I return from my daily pilgrimage : « Quoi!? Pas une autre photo de Notre Dame?? »
How I wish I had taken more!
I finally had the courage to visit Notre Dame after the fire. Thursday’s ceremony at Hotel de Ville to honor the Cathedral provided the impetus.
Notre-Dame de Paris is eternal...
I was shopping at a Target when I received a text from a friend with the news. Just as I was reading, aghast, I heard a phone a couple of rows over where a woman had the scene on a live news feed. I went over to watch and we were soon joined by four other people. I thought this was exactly what the cathedral meant — here were six strangers in a store in Virginia Beach, gathered together in tears. There were, indeed, miracles revealed today and I am inspired, as always, by the resilience of Paris and her people.I’m keeping you and your fellow Parisians in my thoughts.
– I am so overwhelming sorry to see the images of Notre Dame. I have no words but I wanted to reach out.– we have been watching the fire at notre dame. my heart is breaking.– I am watching the pictures from Paris and I am heartbroken. I loved Notre Dame de Paris and I loved what I experienced there. This is a dreadful moment for Paris and for France and my thoughts are with you all.– Hola Sandy & PhilippeAlgo nuestro esta ardiendo también. Espero que Notre Dame se pueda reparar, aunque nunca será lo mismo. Hoy recordamos los días maravillosos que pasamos allí, lo preciosa que era y lo que nos impresionó ver Notre Dame
Un abrazo muy fuerte– We are sitting at home watching with sadness the awful fire at Notre Dame. We cannot believe this is happening to such an iconic and poignant landmark. This cathedral means so much to people from all walks of life and religions from all over the world.
-I hope that they are able to get the fire under control soon as it has already caused so much damage. Our thoughts are with you on such a sad day.
American ex-pat Ric Adam has been living and painting in Paris for many years. His ‘atelier’ is an open space on the Pont de l’Archevêché facing Notre Dame. The morning of the disaster he sold this painting to a passerby.
Ric hasn’t painted since the cathedral’s roof crumbled, but he says one day soon, he’ll continue to paint what once was. As long as people still have their memories–the beauty remains.
Video from: Current News