Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Notre Dame shimmers at Christmas

As promised, here are a few photos of Notre Dame just after Christmas
near New Years Day. 

After weeks of walking by crazy long lines,
people waiting in the freezing cold,
we finally found an opening with no line
and managed to walk right in during a New Year's service. 

For those too far away, 
there are even video screens to see the priest
whose voice rumbles throughout the ancient cathedral. 

Everywhere there is light pouring in...

... and candles flickering. 

But the sweetest part of Notre Dame during the holidays...

was the shimmering star hanging over the altar.

It twinkled with sparkly lights
as a reminder of that night. 

And all throughout are reminders and depictions of His life.

The beauty of this extraordinary place is awe-inspiring on a regular day
but breathtaking during the holidays. 

It seems funny to be posting Christmas in Paris in April
but then I realized that maybe the week between 
Palm Sunday and Easter is the perfect time. 

(All photos copyright: Kirsten Steen)


  1. Kirsten, I don't know that I've ever seen a lovelier photo of Notre Dame than that opener with the light just right and that big bird flying over the Seine like a guardian angel. Stunning.

    I can't imagine having any holiday in Notre Dame, much less Christmas or Easter. What an amazing experience.

    Sending beautiful Easter wishes your way.

  2. Stunning photos, Kirsten! Thanks for sharing this. The light shines on in that magical place. xoxo

  3. Jeanie,
    Thanks for your kind words and so glad you enjoyed. I love when they put a Christmas tree in the square which they didn't do this year for some reason. Hope you had a lovely Easter and spring is upon you!

  4. Thanks Val,
    It certainly is magical! Someday we'll meet in Paris for a Kir or tea. Love to you, my sweet friend!

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