In high school, many moons ago, I studied French for three years. My teacher, Madame Clark, would share with us stories and photos from her numerous trips to France. The ones that always stood out for me were the ones about Notre Dame Cathedral. I fell in love with the beautiful stained glass and the intricate architectural details. Long before the term bucket list was popular, I put this on my bucket list of places to visit.
Today, I was shocked and saddened to see the news reports of the devastating fire that swept through the iconic building. It is impossible to fully know the total losses, as this fire not only destroyed physical items but a bit of history as well.
It has been many years since I read The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This afternoon I pulled out my copy and have started to reread this classic, out of respect and in memory of 800+ years of history.
Until next week……