N is for Notre Dame

Completed in 1335, the Notre-Dame de Paris is certainly a sight to behold.  According to my historian husband, during WW2, Hitler ordered the destruction of Paris, but the Commander in-charge (probably thinking of the Notre Dame, Eiffel and all other beautiful historical buildings in Paris), just wouldn’t or couldn’t do it.  Thank goodness for that!

We spent a manic day in Paris and since it was peak-season, it was just sheer-utter madness and chaos.  The queue to go inside the Notre Dame was probably a kilometre long.  None of us had the patience to wait, especially in the heat.  Yes, you heard it right.  By then, the weather improved and summer was back with a vengeance.  I’m used to heat, in my country 30C is the norm and I’ve also lived in Ghana where it’s even more humid.  But that – the heat almost rivalled Manila’s temperature!

I’m not really sure who these greenish statues are, but I just love the contrast against the Cathedral’s otherwise brownish facade.

I was really content just taking photos of the famous Cathedral by the river Seine, far from the maddening tourist crowd.

A day in Paris isn’t enough.  But the next time we visit, it definitely won’t be in the summer!  Will do a different post on our rather un-pleasant experience in Paris.

Linking this post-up with PODcast’s #Alphabetphotographyproject.  Do check out the other lovely photographs in this link-up.

N is for Notre Dame.

16 Comments

  1. sustainablemum

    It is beautiful close up. I think I would have given a kilometre queue a miss whatever the weather, especially with children 🙂

  2. Life at 139a (@LifeAt139a)

    I love Paris, but you’re right it can be a little bit bonkers there! Hope your next visit goes well 🙂

  3. Kate @ Did That Just Happen?

    Wow! What an amazing building! We don’t have stuff that old over here – so I’m just enthralled when you post about buildings like these! I’m glad you got to see it, even if from afar!

    • We went up to see it, just didn’t go inside. We found a quiet bench by the river Seine (beside the Notre Dame) and gazed at it for about 30 mins! 😉

  4. Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    Ah, I could have done this for my N too 🙂 I have a great shot of my oldest, aged about one, siting in the stroller in front of Notre Dame! It is a stunning building, but have to admit we didn’t attempt to go inside either when we were there! #Alphabetphoto

    • Will try to come back when it’s off-peak, would really want to see the inside of Notre Dame 🙂

  5. Gorgeous photos, I went there a long time ago and was fascinated by the gargoyles. There were shops selling plaster copies so I bought one. It still sits next to my fireplace

  6. Elizabeth

    How beautiful – I’ve never been there but it’s on my bucket list. #alphabetphoto

    • It is indeed beautiful. I’m hoping to be able to go inside in our next visit!

  7. adayindadslife

    Such a wonderful looking building glad no one destroyed love ur pics BTW #alphabetproject

  8. over40andamumtoone

    I love Paris and Notre Dame is definitely worth a visit inside and up to the bell tower – beautiful #alphabetphoto

    • Will definitely go inside the next time we’re in Paris – hopefully in the off-peak season.

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