art, culture, history, landscape, photography, travel

Notre Dame de Paris

According to wikipedia it’s build from 1163 to 1345 and thus one of the oldest french gothic churches.

It’s built on a small island in the river Seine, located in the center of  Paris. The traffic flows over the bridges and in the streets along the river is giving the air a strong small of pollution.  But in the early morning hours it was quite nice to be there.

During the evening big boats with glass ceilings sailed along the river with tables inside: swiming restaurants. We tried to find  out, how much a dinner would cost and gave up after receiving the first quotes. I guess, it’d probably be an interesting experience.

Another interesting experience was to see, how the city government takes care of clean streets and pavements in ther morning. Think of a lawn tractor, but with water spraying devices instead of the cutters. They drove up and down the pavements and the water rinsed the dirt away.

If you want to visit the cathedral yourself, I’d recomend, to come very early. We were there at 8:00 a.m. on a Sunday morning. Even there was held a service, we were allowed to walk around and watch the cathedral. Taking photos was also not forbidden, but without flash and tripod. When we were outside again and planing our next step the place in front of Norte Dame became flooded by more and more people on their trip through Europe: Asians everywhere. At approximately 9 a.m. several busses came with hundreds of people and the place became quite crowded.

Unfortunately the sun is on a bad position for a photo at that time, because the sun rises behind the church.

I like the above evening shot, because it reminds me to old oil paintings made by the Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn (1606 – 1669).

Stay tuned for my next posts.
In the meantime you’re welcome to write a comment or read the past posts (again).

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