Thursday, August 30, 2012

Notre Dame - Paris

They say that Notre Dame is the finest example of French Gothic architecture and that it was one of the first buildings to use flying buttresses to support the walls around the choir and nave.  It's also famous for its scary/cute gargoyles and for being the setting of Victor Hugo's novel "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (which I only know by the Disney animated movie). 

I like the way it's squeezed into the tip of Ile de la Cite and surrounded on three sides by the Sienne.  It really is the heart of Paris.  Under these trees is my favorite corner of Notre Dame because you can sit in the shade and admire the stained glass windows and the flying buttresses.

- Linda

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