All posts tagged: Notre Dame Paris

My Thoughts This Morning…

I woke up this morning with thoughts of only one thing: Notre-Dame de Paris in the aftermath of the tragic destruction. A monumental house of worship for Christians, and a historical force which has brought millions of visitors each year to see first-hand how a structure that stood durable for over 800 years could have to this day, such a strong influence on culture and belief. I don’t think I have to tell anyone who’s been there and seen Notre Dame de Paris, how transformed we sensed ourselves to be by the magnificent house of worship, which still stands tall – no matter the severity of the destruction that spiraled out of control on April 15, 2019. Faith is a huge matter – in all sorts of difficulties; we must believe through every bad, there is some good, and in every good, there is the idea of rising above it all. I believe wholeheartedly, that Notre Dame de Paris has proven to us once again, that no matter what, believe, stay strong and embrace unity. …

day 13 – travel journal – paris france

There is no way on earth I would pass up Paris, no matter what other destinations I have included in my annual trip to Europe. This year, while the TGV pulled into Gare de Lyon from Cannes at a little after 9p.m. I noticed it had been raining in the city of romance. I didn’t care, the rain is always refreshing in Paris and I have actually been in the city every month out of the year and every single time it had rained. It usually bothered me, but I’ve come to accept it and now even embrace it. Paris isn’t Paris without rain. We hopped on the RER (urban rail network train) from Gare de Lyon to our Hotel in Charles de Gaulle Etoile (between VIIIe and XVIIe arrondissements) and within a five minute walk, landed in front of our quaint hotel with minimal frills and turned in for the night. I usually sleep with the windows open, normally for fresh air, but in the case of Paris, just so I could hear the …