Notre Dame de Paris – D’autres Vues

Once a little Gallo Roman temple dedicated to Jupiter, this Gothic masterpiece celebrates its 850th anniversary this year.

A thirteen meter high temporary structure built across from the entrance, works like a mini amphitheater for celebratory events in the Place du Parvis, and is a great, if rather ugly, vantage point to view its magnificent facade.

Yet it was the alternative views of the Grand Dame of Paris, that I found more appealing. Her distinctive spire guiding us back each time, to the very heart of the city of lights.

Until next time……..happy travels, no matter where life takes you.

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on

64 thoughts on “Notre Dame de Paris – D’autres Vues

    1. Thanks Lynne. We had planned to have our picnic in the garden in the first image. Good thing it was closed when we arrived, for we ended up at a better spot 🙂

  1. What great photos of this beautiful church. I was taking photos there on Tuesday before returning to the US and found the structure out front to be a challenge. You’re taking the time to get a number of pictures from different angles and with food or flowers in the foreground made for a great collection of images.

    1. I thought that structure was unsightly, although you do get a better view of the facade.There were huge screens across some of the stained glass panels inside the Sainte Chapelle too.
      Appreciate your stopping by to comment. Hope to see you around 🙂

    1. I like intriguing Ann Christine!!! Although I daresay, that image might be shattered if you met me in person 😀

      1. Judy, just checked out your Gargoyle post and it is fabulous! Thought Id let you know how much I loved it, since comments are closed on that post 🙂

    1. Then I have a lovely cemetery to show you, although it might not be old compared to Turkish standards 🙂

  2. Oh how I love your different points of view of Notre Dame, Madhu. The bench, the food, the flowers, the Seine and the nighttime view: all are fabulous! I’ve been to Paris twice and I’ll always hold it close to my heart. 🙂

  3. Great photos. I went to paris when I was small but I’d love to go again now that I can appreciate it more. I’ve missed reading your blog over the summer when I was not doing as much blogging. I hope I can catch up with it again. 🙂

  4. Hi Madhu,

    Fascinating post and I must confess I was not aware of this alternative perspective of Notre Dame.

    Good to be back here after a while.


  5. Great post, Madhu. As always thank you for sharing the beautiful places in the world. -Max-

  6. Paris at night …. Ahhhh! Looking at your pictures, I don’t have to close my eyes and imagine back my two nights in Paris. Thanks forthe memory nudge.

  7. When I visited Paris in 2007, the Notre Dame was under a restoration work to clean its exterior and make it gleam once again. I went inside and there was a mass under the dimmed lights in a summer night. Truly magical!

  8. “What is behind the tapestry? Beyond the wall and then even further out of the room, outside the building? Beyond any barrier or frontier’s concept designed by man?”
    The Annwyn’s thoughts are like the leaves of a tree in autumn: colorful visions that swirl endlessly and then lean slightly on his heart.
    Hathor’s mind runs fast retracing the rue Lagrange to the Seine: the Notre Dame is there, in its unbridled greatness, unchanged over the centuries. Those walls built on sacred places where they worshiped a very ancient cult, have seen civilizations rise and fall. Vestiges of people who have testified in poverty or in luxury, burning of martyrs for religious ideals or social alongside those who had the courage to point the finger towards tyranny.
    [taken from “The Annwyn’s secret”] :-Dclaudine

  9. No matter the point of view, it’s always a pleasure to lay my sights on Paris! Beautiful shots, Madhu!

  10. It’s so beautiful there Madhu and you captured it all so well. Thanks for sharing hon. 😀 *hugs*

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