My wife Sheila and I, even back in the autumn of 2012, were of course aware of then learned much more of the incredible history of Paris and it’s iconic areas inside the old city walls.
We learned that a previous church had occupied the same spot on the island on the Seine as Notre Dame, and as replaced, with build-ons from different eras and architectural styles, over an expanse of decades, reaching from one century to another.
People had, I remember marveling, worshipped at this same spot for thousands of years. It’s been the only spot such as this my wife or I had ever been to like that. History is etched into the statues and stories of this great cathedral.
History was etched into our hearts as well.
Since we stayed in Paris nearly six weeks, I began building a photo memoir series of most of the days we stayed there – there were actually a few days I didn’t take pictures or we mostly rested and recovered 🙂
I eventually burned out doing such intensely image/link filled booklets and stopped after completing a few weeks’ worth of our stay.
I see now, that maybe the efforts to record our thoughts and feelings and findings was more a good thing than I realized then, and for more reasons than I comprehended.
Hopefully I can resume my series soon, even if a bit more streamlined in some ways, yet expanded by way of much more of a perspective. As relatively young seniors, perspectives at our age are often more densely layered each year we age, and yet – “sometimes” also surprisingly more simple (smiles) .
Our prayers and thoughts for all the good people of France supporting the notions of (as per Wikipedia) :
Liberté, égalité, fraternité (pronounced
[libɛʁte eɡalite fʁatɛʁnite]), French for "liberty, equality, fraternity", is the national motto of France and the Republic of Haiti
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