Notre Dame de Paris – Notre Drame / Our Lady of Paris – Our Drama

During the night, the face of The City of Lights was changed. For much of the world, Notre Dame symbolizes Paris and indeed, France. As my home is located on the Mediterranean, I relied on the photos in my local morning journal (newspaper). 


Like many, I had been forwarned last night by the internet. But seeing what is available on my computer or television cannot compare to the stunned faces I encountered this morning. One neighbor retired barber, extended a near usual morning greeting. However, today, his cheeks were streaked with tears.  While this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this marks a National, European and even World Wide loss. Without a doubt, she has been one of the top visited locations in France. 

Having lived here for nearly twelve years, I’ve witnessed loss and mourning in my village. This is different. It is a loss shared by the entire nation and beyond. 


Television, radio and the internet will be filled with photos and stories for some time. No doubt, efforts will be made to restore the cathedral as close as possible to its former glory. Lost art and relics have left a space for new treasures that will try to capture some of her past and a glance toward the future. 


While the nation is grateful for what was spared and the fact there was no loss of life, there is also the deep sadness for what is gone.




24 thoughts on “Notre Dame de Paris – Notre Drame / Our Lady of Paris – Our Drama

  1. It is indeed a sad loss for the world, Léa. Many of my own memories revolved around that building, and thy are as nothing to the wealth of history tose walls have known.

    1. My own memories there have nothing to do with those things either. However, there was this Frenchman I met in La Louvre who showed me the sights when I first arrived… that was one. Thank you Sue.

  2. It is sad when an historical edifice falls. I have not seen it but in pictures, I know that even if they rebuild it which I understand they will, much of what was will not be the same. Sorry for the loss.

    1. Thank you for your kind thoughts. There are things in this world that many of us take for granted and just think they will always be there. Perhaps some of us will be encouraged to seek out those places and or things that speak to us while we can.

  3. My wife and I spent a few days as part of our honeymoon in 1974 and recall vividly how beautiful Notre Dame was. This is a tragic loss of a beautiful heritage for France and the entire world.
    I believe as you do that she will rise to her former glory. I think there are historians and artisans around the world with the expertise to recreate the medieval construction techniques as close as possible, and I hope to see that happen.
    Courage, mes amis en France.

    1. It is part of the National identity and holds many memories for millions, myself included, over the more than eight centuries she has stood. Léa

  4. I am so sorry for this loss. I am glad they were able to save the crown of thorns and some other relics.

  5. Not quite sure anything was real when I woke up to this yesterday, and you mentioned something elsewhere which I feel is such an apt description ~ a somber veil over France. While absolutely heartbreaking, within such tragedies as this there is always a bit of hope that gets released and I think all of Paris and the world will united in bringing back not just the structure but most important the emotion and meaning of what was lost. Take care, Léa.

    1. Thank you for your kind thoughts. She has been the soul of art and history not just for France, and done so for over eight centuries. There will be change but then all things must change, or die. All the best Randal

  6. Yes. Notre-Dame is universal. And as Hannah Arendt once said: “Only the universal matters.” 🙂
    12 years… Well, well. You are settled now, aren’t you?
    Mes compliments.

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