“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!
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.
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.
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.
Notre-Dame on the Ile de la Cité
The Ile de la Cité by Night.
The wonderful and beautiful Notre-Dame de Paris
Notre-Dame with scaffolding for its present day restoration. Pre. Fire!
So on Monday 15th.April 2019, I was devastated by the news of the fire that almost completely destroyed Notre-Dame de Paris.
Notre-Dame going from this, to this!!!