On the Road and In Your Backyard

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Yet more on a wonderful treasure of humankind. This community is just amazing.

Today, pictures from valued commenter Wag.

I’d like to share photos from our trip to Notre-Dame last spring. One of my favorite places in the great city of Paris

Taken on 2018-03-29 00:00:00

The Spire

Taken on 2018-03-29 00:00:00


A gargoyle on one of the towers of Notre-Dame

Taken on 2018-03-29 00:00:00


The Nave of the Cathedral

Taken on 2018-03-29 00:00:00


The stained glass was exemplary

Taken on 2018-03-29 00:00:00


Please light a candle for Notre-Dame, and hold her in your heart


Thank you so much Wag, do send us more when you can.


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11 replies
  1. 1
    JPL says:

    Wag, Thank for the pictures especially the first one of the spire and the roof.

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    J R in WV says:

    Great photos. I had burned up the charger for my camera, and was down to taking photos with my samsung tablet at the end of the trip. One charger was OK with 220V, the other needed a transformer, which I had, but I got used to using the voltage agnostic charger.

    Took a femtosecond to burn up the Panasonic charger at 220V. Poof, little puff of carbonized something. Hot smell. The end.

    Thanks for these photos with great definition and depth!!! How did you get up to the tops like that? A different tour? Lots of steps?

    Great job. Hope to return someday as restoration nears completion. Love Paris. I wonder if we could afford to live there if we seek asylum from Trump fascism? Notkidding!!!

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    Mary G says:


  4. 4
    Alain says:

    I think we have one more set from ND for tomorrow. We again look forward starting Monday. Have a great weekend, everybody, you’ve all done..very well.

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    debbie says:


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    Wag says:

    @J R in WV:
    Yes, a tour of the towers was a separate tour with timed tickets. The tour involved climbing the stairs up one tower, crossing to the other tower, and descending a second set of stairs. Once you were past the first set of stairs you were welcome to move at your own pace, and I got lots of great photos of Paris landmarks from the tops of the towers, in addition to photos of gargoyles and spires. We also were able too see the bells, which were huge. Unfortunately, the photo submission tool only allows 5 photos. I could have submitted another 25 to give a sense of the majesty of N-D.

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    Alain says:

    @Wag: email them to me, use the contact form or just make 4 more submissions. I know we’d love to see more from on-high!

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    Another Scott says:

    Beautiful pictures, Wag. It’s easy to see the crumbling state of the pre-fire stones in the gargoyle picture.


    In other news, BBC:

    A man has been arrested after walking into New York’s St Patrick’s Cathedral carrying two full petrol cans, lighter fluid and lighters, police say.

    They say guards confronted the 37-year-old as he entered the Manhattan church on Wednesday evening.

    He spilt gasoline on the ground and officers took him into custody.

    Deputy police commissioner John Miller noted that the “suspicious” incident occurred just two days after a fire gutted Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris.

    St Patrick’s is the seat of New York’s Roman Catholic archdiocese.

    “An individual walking into an iconic location like St Patrick’s cathedral carrying over four gallons of gasoline, two bottles of lighter fluid and lighters, is something we would have grave concern over,” Mr Miller told reporters.

    The NYPD deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism however said it was “too early to say” whether terrorism was a motive.


    If the reporting is accurate (it is often hard to know these days), it is certainly concerning. But not unexpected – unfortunately. Notorious fires bring out the crazies. :-(

    Have a good day, everyone. No matter what the Barr Report says, we’ve gotta keep our eyes on the prize.

    Thanks Wag and Alain.


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    Spanky says:

    @Another Scott:

    “An individual walking into an iconic location like St Patrick’s cathedral carrying over four gallons of gasoline, two bottles of lighter fluid and lighters, is something we would have grave concern over,” Mr Miller told reporters.

    Oh really? Good to know the NYPD detectives are experts at deduction.

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    Wag says:

    If you look carefully at the base of the spire you can see a number of copper statues of the Apostles. These statues were removed from the spire a week prior to the fire as part of the restoration project, and were safely off the property.

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    J R in WV says:

    And that picture of the spire shows very well the lead roof tiles, still a clean gray look after 800 years, compared to the ~200 year old copper statues on the spire’s base, all green with verdigris.

    That lead is all mostly melted now. I imagine it should be reclaimed and a more modern material used for the new roof. But maybe not, the old roof lasted well for most of a millinium. Longer than any of my roofs will last!!

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