As we remember it...
|Outside Notre Dame 1000s of pigeons come to feed. With a little grain they will climb all over you.
|We entered the Cathedral through the doors under the two front towers..
|The organ has over 8,000 pipes. It is positioned high above the doors of the Cathedral in the back where you enter.
|The stone work is magnificent.
|As are the stained glass windows.
In the midst of World War II, it was rumored that the Nazis might destroy the stained glass. It was therefore removed and only reinstalled again after the war had ended. The Rose window is supposed to be the biggest glass window in the world produced in the 13th century.
|Sometimes when I sat in silence and took in the peace and beauty of my surroundings, I would fall asleep.
One day a traveller, walking along a lane, came across 3 stonecutters working in a quarry. Each was busy cutting a block of stone. Interested to find out what they were working on, he asked them each what they were doing. The first worker said, “I am making a living for me”. The traveller turned to the second worker and asked him what he was doing and he said, “I am doing the best job of stone cutting in the entire country.” Then the traveller turned to the third worker. He seemed to be the happiest of the three and when asked what he was doing replied: “I am building a cathedral.
Today, April 15, 2019, the Notre Dame is in flames. I'm sorry my children that you will not see the building as it was. We should have taken you when you were young. Notre Dame has been part of my life since I was 11 years old when I first visited Paris. I saw it many times during the 18 months I lived in Paris as a young man. I loved the building. I'm saddened by this great loss. But I am confident a new edifice will be built that is equally beautiful. I may not see it, but you will.