This year was the first time since the French Revolution Notre Dame could not hold Christmas services. They say it’s a 50% chance the structure will be saved. So glad I at least got to see it from the outside.
Thinking of the people who spent Christmas at Notre Dame... PBS reported today Notre Dame won’t hold Christmas services for first time since French Revolution. Notre-Dame de Paris meaning "Our Lady of Paris" was built between 1163–1345 and was known as one of the finest example of French Gothic architecture. I’m really thankful I visited here in 2016. Here are some memories.
Vaudeville dates back to the 1860s, and Notre Dame is trying to take it all the way back.
Notre Dame is the story of a talented woman who is too scatter-brained and female to accomplish anything. Fortunately, she is surrounded by incompetent males, idiot exes and clever old flames who can manipulate her into doing what they want so that she doesn't die from her own stupidity.
The only entertaining aspect is the film is trying to find what's the most offensive about it. Is it the sexism? The ridiculous story? The pathetic attempt at humor? (Seriously, a sad man can't be understood because he talking with a croissant in his mouth and the whole cinema erupts in laughter?)
The only saving grace are the (very) odd moments of surrealism meant to pass for whimsy yet that only serve as a brief respite from the indignity. What can I say? Some movies are made to be walked out on... Out of a possible 10, I have 3 Fs to give. #movie#film#cinema#review#notredame#ourladyofparis#notredamefilm
This year I continue my holiday tradition and countdown with 12 Days of Christmas Ornaments. Each ornament represents a significant event or adventure that occurred within the year.
DAY 1: One of the most historic events of 2019 took place in France on April 15 when the 850-year-old Notre Dame de Paris caught on fire while undergoing renovations. Without hesitation, pledges were made to help rebuild the cathedral which sustained serious damage from burning nearly 15 hours. Thankfully, I was able to experience the cathedral first-hand during my visit to Paris in 2002 and recently obtain this ornament depiction as part of the Cathedrals of the World Collection by Danbury Mint.
1 241 December, 2019
OUR LADY OF PARIS “The church of Notre-Dame de Paris is still no doubt, a majestic and sublime edifice. But, beautiful as it has been preserved in growing old, it is difficult not to sigh, not to wax indignant, before the numberless degradations and mutilations which time and men have both caused the venerable monument to suffer, without respect for Charlemagne, who laid its first stone, or for Philip Augustus, who laid the last.
On the face of this aged queen of our cathedrals, by the side of a wrinkle, one always finds a scar. Tempus edax, homo edacior; which I should be glad to translate thus: time is blind, man is stupid.” —Victor Hugo in ‘The Hunchback of Notre-Dame’, a novel set in 1482 in and around the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, first published in 1831. @littledropsofwaterusa @littledropsofwater.pt @littledropsofwateroz @littledropsofwaterec
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🎈 🎈 🎈Topsy-turvy feast 🎉 🎊scene in the West Portal of Notre Dame de Paris: looking plumpy, naked she-devil 👹 sitting astride on the backs of a Church high official, king 👑 and a pilgrim, and pissing on the heads of the first two 😜
Even the accordionist is depressed... each time we visit Paris, we always take a walk here and visit the Notre Dame. We last stopped by in April just before the fire. This evening we walked all the way around the perimeter fence to view the damage; even the trees are black. (At the end, I-phone snapshot from a couple of years ago). #notredame#ourladyofparis#fire
Ett måste vid varje resa till Paris är att åter stå inför Vår frus heliga tempel. I februari avnjöts en vacker vesper i katedralen men i maj var det stora avspärrningar efter branden. De alkemiska medaljongerna är ännu för långt bort för att skåda men jag upplever det som hon växer sig än starkare ... ❤️ #notredameparis#paris#ourladyofparis#wisdom
Quelle coïncidence, nous avons reçu hier cet échantillon de Notre-Dame faisant partie d'un projet de broderie sur Paris... 😢💔 What a coincidence, this Notre-Dame sample arrived yesterday. It's going to be a part of an embroidery project about Paris ... 😢💔 @maisonsajouofficiel
Heartbroken. I remember being in complete awe and more excited to visit the Notre Dame Cathedral and all of its relics, than the Eiffel Tower on my first visit to Paris. But, I know miracles always rise from the ashes. This video shows faith. The grandest of structures may fall, but our faith will never. French locals pray and sing the Ave Maria as they watch such a sacred international icon in flames.
Our Lady of Paris, Pray for us and all who humbly turn to you in this world ❤️🙏 Praying for the firefighters working to save what remains of the living glimpse of history. #Paris#NotreDame#PrayforParis#Faith#AveMaria#PrayForNotreDame
62 1,07915 April, 2019
It’s a little wonky, because it is the handiwork of a wonky artist.
Notre Dame, I look forward to visiting you when you return to your splendor, and even it you are not. Thank you generous people for helping her heal.
Eigentlich wollte ich heute ein ganz anderes Bild posten, aber angesichts des verheerenden Brandes in der Kathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris, teile ich ein Bild aus dem Innenleben der Kirche aus besseren Tagen 😔 Nichts ist für die Ewigkeit. Dennoch war und ist es ein komisches Gefühl, dieses Stück europäische Geschichte in Flammen zu sehen. Es ist ein Gebäude, das mir seit meinen frühesten Kindertagen ein Begriff ist und jeder der mich kennt, weiß wie sehr mir die französische Geschichte am Herzen liegt. Etwas ironisch ist für mich, dass ich am letzten Wochenende das erste Mal den (etwas älteren) Film „Before Sunset“ gesehen habe und die Protagonisten dort bei ihrem Spaziergang durch Paris sagte, dass Notre Dame nicht ewig stehen wird. Immerhin ist auch sie auf den Ruinen einer anderen Kirche errichtet worden.
Wie auch immer. Es macht mich unendlich traurig, dass das passieren konnte 😢
Actually I wanted to post a completely different picture today, but in view of the devastating fire in the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, I share a picture from the inner life of the church from better days 😔 Nothing is for eternity. Nevertheless, it was and is a strange feeling to see this piece of European history in flames. It is a building that I have known since my earliest childhood and everyone who knows me understands how close French history is to my heart. A bit ironic for me is that last weekend I saw the (somewhat older) film "Before Sunset" for the first time and the protagonist said on her walk through Paris that Notre Dame won't stand forever. After all, it was built on the ruins of another church.
Whatever. It makes me very sad that this could happen 😢
18 20916 April, 2019
It’s been a week of #new ... not only is it the start of Season 8, Game of Thrones, it’s a new hair transformation (see pic) and if you didn’t realise it wasn’t any different don’t worry! (How could you not?) it’s also been the week that saw the wonderful Notre Dame burn in the most raging, Amber, fire! It was horrible to see the spire collapse, that dated back to the 13th century! I’ve never been there, but obviously I know of it and it’s importance... it was the Hunchback of Notre Dame where I first learnt about it! Notre Dame de larmes ... #mummyphotoaday
9 1,06716 April, 2019
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