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Cathedral, “Notre-Dame de Paris”. Ablaze!!!

19 Apr

NOTRE DAME DE PARIS PHOTO 3  “Our Lady of Paris” on the Ile de la Cité.

By now you must have gathered that I love France, especially Paris.

The Ile de la Cité is usually referred to by Parisians as the center of Paris. As well as being surrounded by the river Seine. Notre-Dame de Paris, which is also called “Our Lady” is still in use today by the Roman Catholic Church for Sunday Mass. Not only does Notre-Dame capture the heart of just the Catholic Church it also includes every Religion, even the most Agnostic person cannot be moved by its Majestic Gothic Architecture and History. This is the way I remember her, and now I am suddenly saddened, shocked, and devastated!

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This is the way I remember Notre-Dame from the 1950’s to early 60’s.

Few travelers and tourists visiting Paris, France, realize the famous Cathedral, Notre-Dame de Paris is actually situated on an island.  I recall sitting at one of the many Restaurants there on the Ile, when I was filming “Metro Pigalle” I think it must have been the late 50’s. I was taken there by my actor friend Roland Bourdin brother of the famous Lise Bourdin, actress and model, and one time girl friend of Prince Aly Khan.

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Lise Bourdin

We were there with Jean Weber who was the leading actor of the Comedie Francaise. The three of us sat on this enchanted Ile late into the night. We went there for a light dinner after going to the Comedie Francaise to see “Poil de Carotte” followed by “Le Malade Imaginaire” in which Jean played the title role. 

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Jean Weber

Roland had taken me  to the Comedie Francaise, which had left me in awe with its style, tradition and beautiful way they had of speaking the French Language. All this is really another story. Just like me to digress! Forgive me, dear reader.

Back to Notre Dame de Paris.

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Notre-Dame on the Ile de la Cité

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The Ile de la Cité by Night.

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                    The wonderful and beautiful Notre-Dame de Paris

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Notre-Dame with scaffolding for its present day restoration. Pre. Fire!

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So on Monday 15th.April 2019, I was devastated by the news of the fire that almost completely destroyed Notre-Dame de Paris.

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Notre-Dame Ablaze!

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Notre-Dame going from this, to this!!!

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Tragedy has struck, and the cherished Notre-Dame de Paris is in semi ruins. At present it is a mere shadow of its former self.  But be strong you Parisiens, from the ashes and the wreckage, will rise a new, more beautiful Cathedral.                            

Notre-Dame de Paris will never die. As you see among the debris the Golden Cross still stands.  So will Notre-Dame de Paris.

So will Paris!  Viva la France!

The Cross, is already a sign.

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1 Comment

Posted by on April 19, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

One response to “Cathedral, “Notre-Dame de Paris”. Ablaze!!!

  1. jusoneldar

    April 27, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    Greetings!

    Appreciated the Notre Dame post. I was there when I was 16…still have a gargoyle in one of the display cases in the house.

    Health is better since the second surgery. Actually starting to enjoy retirement for the time being. Not doing half the things I should be. Prefer to dabble with painting.

    A long time friend of ours from New York who moved many years ago to Manchester has invited us over for a week all expense paid…including 1st class air transportation. We arrive in London on June 1 and will stay there for the night. Having dinner and then seeing the book of Mormon on the West End. Next day will go to the Tower of London So we can try on the crown jewels and some other babbles.

    Then to the Cotswolds to stay at her house for several days. Will go to Stonehenge because Juan has never been there. Then Wednesday we’re going to the Bristol old Vic for dinner and the performance of La Bohème.

    Feel a bit guilty being treated, since the last time I was ever treated by somebody else to this extent was when I was with you and Ray. Funny the past 40 years I’ve been taking care of everybody else!

    Maybe in the spring will plan a trip your way. I think Juan would love to see your new side of the world and so would I. You would be very fascinated with Juan!

    Judson

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