Today is a visual post … with tremendous historic value. You may want to download the photos because no one will believe you when you tell them Paris was EMPTY today !!
Let’s start with a walk toward Notre Dame, past empty cafes and the cavernous (and empty) courtyard in from of the Hotel de Ville ….
Then, let’s cross the Pont D’Arcole and gaze down at the (empty) banks of the Seine ….
Finally, we’ll head toward Notre Dame. If you try to catch a glimpse of the cathedral from the front, you’ll have to peer through the torn remnants of a heavy curtain. But there is a still magnificent view if you come on the south side. Believe it or not, I had the view virtually to myself … now that is something worth writing home about! And what most impressed me is that despite the incredible inferno that engulfed Our Lady, she still stands proud, regal — and at least today, quite peaceful.
What more can you ask of a day in mid-September, than to be in sunlight and virtually alone to walk the streets of Paris? The dream of the ParisFlaneur !