|The west entrance of Notre Dame at sunset|
|Lulu and her class usually ended the day at the cathedral|
For the last 10 years - Lulu has taught a course for Florida State University at their London campus. Usually we spend the month of July in London. One of the highlights of those sessions is a trip to Paris. Lulu would buy round trip ticket on the Eurostar - a train that goes from London to Paris thorugh the English Channel Tunnel. You get on the train in the center of London and get out on the streets of Paris a couple hours later.
On some of these trips - we would stay a couple nights - but most of them were over and back on the same day. It was a lot of walking but the students got to go up the Eiffel Tower - walk thru the Louvre Museum - go down into the Catacombs - river cruise the Seine - and tour the Notre Dame Cathedral. After all that walking - many students slept the entire trip home on the train thru the tunnel - exhausted.
It was so shocking to see the Notre Dame Cathedral burn. It built in the 1100's - and it is surprising that such a giant stone clad wooden structure survived this long. There are older cathedrals - but this one along with the Eiffel Tower - symbolizes the City of Paris and the Country of France.
|The east side of the Notre Dame Cathedral|
|The cathedral is on the island at the right. The Eiffel Tower is on the green on the far left.|
|The bridge connects the island to the Left Bank.|
|Construction on the main doors.|
|The view before getting on the train home|
|This portion of the cathedral was saved.|
|The view from the tour boat.|
|The west side|
|Lulu led several groups on tours of Paris|
|And I carried her bags.|