The Sunday Traveler ~ Notre Dame de Paris

The bells were all ringing when we arrived on a cold and rainy December morning. An incredibly rich and emotional moment with this greeting; to approach the church, to hear and see this grand cathedral in this way was more than I could have wished for.

Antiquity, beauty beyond belief in Paris. The bells tolled for a long time as I wandered about the front of the church taking in as much as I could with my eyes, and camera.

The pigeon man feeding pigeons, and Charlemagne had my full attention. And all the while the bells rang; there are ten, Emmanuel being the largest, and Marie, Gabriel, Anne Genevieve, Denis, Marcel, Etienne, Benoit-Joseph, Maurice, Jean-Marie. I thought you’d like to know their names. I have a short iPhone video of the front courtyard, and the bells; if I can figure out how to add a video, I will do that as a separate post.

Security is tight at all public venues, and there was a bit of a line to go through a bag check, and opening your coat to let the guard see that you had nothing hiding in there. The short wait only added to the anticipation. I will continue on into the inside of the church next week; there is just so much, I think this will be at least a three parter posting on Notre Dame.

The Sunday Traveler is trying to keep the Paris posts short so as not to over do things, and I get overwhelmed going back through my photos, marveling once again at how beautiful it all is.

Until next week.

About Angeline M

Love travel and photography. Living in Northern California. Photos of locations visited are personal file photos.
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18 Responses to The Sunday Traveler ~ Notre Dame de Paris

  1. LOVE that first photo, all aglow for the holidays. Magical!


  2. Angeline, I love the reverence and appreciation for Notre Dam (and surroundings) that you demonstrate here. You were clearly present in the moment.

    And you brought us with you.

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  3. AmyRose🌹 says:

    One of the places I want to visit is Paris! Your pictures get that yearning up and going. Thank you for sharing them with me! 💝


  4. I obviously have to go back to Paris. I’ve been about 5 or 6 times and have never been inside Notre Dame because there were always such huge lineups.


  5. Colline says:

    A truly majestic place to visit.


  6. Allan G. Smorra says:

    What a lovely experience, Angeline. The cathedral and statue are impressive.


  7. Sue says:

    Ooops….darker than in your photo…


  8. Sue says:

    Years since I visited Notre Dame, probably 30plus… And I recall it as very dark inside, darker than I. Your photograph


  9. yes …i look forward to the conclusion.


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