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Jill McCracken’s Travel Diary

Sunday, 09 Jan 2011

Location: Paris, France

MapNotre Dame at Night

The adventure on Sunday night was to view the free image and light show at the Notre Dame cathedral. I still cannot fathom that this is my life now, but I am trying to appreciate every story-book moment like this. As an after-dinner study break I can hop onto the train and gain free admission to a medieval cathedral to watch a picture-show. A massive white fabric was pulled in front of us and paintings from the 1200s to the 1800s were projected onto the screen while music played in the background. It was chilling.

Of course my words cannot describe both the inner and outer magnitude of Notre Dame. It was not only imposing but the silent beauty and reverence of the participants made me feel at peace. There is a bridge behind the cathedral that crosses the river. An open fence along the bridge held an incredible number of small locks and prayer ribbons from hundreds of pilgrims that have visited Notre Dame over the years. Kas and I bent down for a closer look. There were many locks engraved with the names of lovers and their year of marriage, there were simple ribbons elegantly tied into the links of the fence, and there were very old lock-and-key style fastenings that made us wonder just how long some of these locks had been collecting on the fence. 20 years? 50 years? Who is to say?