Paris Is Burning

Or at least Notre-Dame was. I’ve read that the Eiffel Tower is the single most-recognized landmark in the world but when we rented an apartment on Île Saint-Louis for six days in 2006, we walked by Notre-Dame every day on our way to explore Paris.

So when the news popped up in my social media that the cathedral was burning, it was a shock.

I had a friend who was leaving for Paris that very week, and the two of us watched the news obsessively. The loss to history, to humanity, is unfathomable. And I am so, so grateful that Gerry called me up that day fourteen years ago and said, “Hey, I found €25 tickets from Dublin to Paris—wanna go?”

UPDATE: Here’s a fascinating article from the New York Times with photos, videos, and graphics showing everything that happened that day.

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