Paris views

to paris with love | london ontario photographer

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Like so many others in the world, my heart was heavy as the news of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris fire spread. Paris holds a deeply special place in my heart and Notre-Dame is as special a place as I have been. I don’t think I’ve ever shared photographs from my travels in Paris, but in light of the news sharing a few from Notre-Dame feels like a small way to honour my memories of her, her stories and this new chapter for her and for Paris.

It was art history that began my love for Notre-Dame. It seems like Paris or Notre-Dame was a major player in every art history course I’ve ever taken, ever (only a slight exaggeration). I first visited Notre Dame at 17 and I’ve been so very lucky to visit her more over the years. I’ve sketched at her doors, lit candles, made wishes, climbed the centuries-worn stone steps to the bell tower (387 to be precise), made friends with the gargoyles and gazed skyward at her spire - All the while in awe of her presence in the world for over eight centuries. So lucky, I was, and I knew it - yet I still took for granted that someday I’d sit in her presence again, just as she was. I’m heartbroken for what’s been lost and for the people of Paris, but hopeful for someday. ♡

Heather x {London Ontario Photographer}

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An elephant and a heron are included in Notre-Dame’s protective cast of of characters.

An elephant and a heron are included in Notre-Dame’s protective cast of of characters.

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The view from the top of Notre Dame, toward the Eiffel Tower.
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Wyvern of Notre-Dame, the two-footed dragon.

Wyvern of Notre-Dame, the two-footed dragon.

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Interior of Notre Dame, vaulting.

Interior of Notre Dame, vaulting.

Interior of Notre Dame, looking toward the altar.

Interior of Notre Dame, looking toward the altar.

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Styrga, arguably the cathedral’s most famous chimera, faces toward the Eiffel Tower.

Styrga, arguably the cathedral’s most famous chimera, faces toward the Eiffel Tower.