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Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Notre Drame

Watched in disbelief last night, trying not to cry.  Grateful to Sky for hosting France 24, I know you should not watch rolling news coverage of devastating events but I had it on for hours both last night and today.



I can only hope that as a result, every organisation responsible for the care of medieval / historic buildings everywhere are carrying out a detailed review of their fire/distaster planning.

I remember when Windsor Castle burned in November 1992 - I was travelling that evening and saw the fire and smoke in the distance.  Utterly ghastly but proof that restoration can be achieved.  It will not be the same, but these incredible buildings have changed time and time again throughout their history.  At one level, it is how they have survived.

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  1. I watched in disbelief but am heartened by how it pulled France (and to certain degree Europe) together and given them a drive to repair 'their mother'. I am amazed that so much of the art work was saved included the organ!

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    1. I agree Kate, for once we had some time without Brexit. I was reminded of the death of Diana, or maybe 9/11 - divisions were put aside and people unified in some way.

      Astonishing to think the firemen were working underneath the vaulted roof of the nave to remove so much artwork, whilst the fire raged above them.

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  2. Although I've never been to France myself I couldn't believe what I was seeing on the tv yesterday! Like you I welled up with tears....such a beautiful building. I too kept thinking back to Windsor Castle and how that has been restored so, I am sure, the French people will rally round and get their beautiful cathedral back to her full glory.

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    1. Thanks Gillian, it must be 40 years since I visited Notre Dame and Sacré-Cœur but I remember them like yesterday. I think we are all wishing the restoration team every success.

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  3. I was gobsmacked when I saw it on the news page of my webmail. All I could think of was when we went there in 2009 & glad we did do our quick 8 day tour of Europe. I remember sitting up till 2am watching the "twin towers" way back in 2001 with my two cats as DH was away, having taken a coach load of kids to school camp. It was hard watching it by myself & not being able to tell anybody how awful you felt. They seem to think restoration over 5 years is possible. I do hope so. Take care.

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    1. Hi Susan, I am so glad you were able to visit on a previous trip. With our time difference it must have been a shock for you to find out. There is talk of aiming to be rebuilt by the 2024 Olympics, that would be an incredible feat.

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  4. I'm sure they will fully restore it, no matter what the cost. I remember years ago York Minster ablaze and now there is little evidence of any fire damage.

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    1. Hi Eleanor, goodness, I had forgotten about York, thanks for reminding me.

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  5. Oh, this is truly sad. Was there for a mass in 2006 with friend and would have likely seen it again in a few weeks with another friend. It may be rebuilt but it won't ever be restored.

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    1. But at least you did experience it - now, does your comment mean you have a trip to Europe planned?

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    2. Yep, Paris for my friend who has never been there and then a trip down the Rhone from Lyon to Avignon.

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    3. Sounds wonderful, will you get a chance to do some birding?

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    4. Our last day trip is a full day trip to the Camargue. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camargue

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