Saturday, 22 March 2014

Layouts 17 & 18


Ready for some more of my Paris trip?

Before we left for Paris my well-travelled sister let me know of an old superstition in Paris - if you find and stand on the Zero Point of Paris you will one day return to the beautiful city.  Point Zero is in front of Notre Dame and is the point in Paris from which all distances are measured.  It took us a while to find it as it is always surrounded by crowds of tourists, no doubt all wishing the same thing! As you can see, we did eventually find it and we were able to make our wish.

Words really can't describe Notre Dame.  From the outside it is beautiful, towering above us.  There is so much to see everywhere you look.  I loved the carvings above each of the doors that tell the story of the Bible.  It was told in pictures so that the illiterate could still learn the stories.  Clever!


Once we got inside we were rendered mute. The atmosphere inside was amazing.  Even though there were signs all around requesting silence, they weren't really necessary.  You just don't feel like talking.  Your eyes are so busy taking everything in.  Incredible!

The massive stained glass windows are stunning.  We were lucky to be there on a sunny day so we could get the full effect of the sun streaming through. The workmanship is incredible!  At the far end of the building was a model of the building of Notre Dame.  I was absolutely gobsmacked when I saw it.  In this modern time it hadn't occurred to me that Notre Dame was built in a time before the machinery we have now.  Those incredibly high arched ceilings were built by men on wooden ladders.  Amazing!

Bye for now,


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