She is breathtaking.
Every spring evening around 22:00 as a brilliant gold and orange sun is setting on this beautiful city, lights illuminate the exterior of the Notre-Dame cathedral. This Gothic masterpiece, which has been an icon of the City of Lights for centuries, is a sight to behold during the day, but truly stuns in the evening.
She doesn’t have a bad angle.
Situated on the tiny Ile de la Cite, a small island in the middle of the river Seine in central Paris, the cathedral can be seen from almost anywhere in the district. Paris proper has many other fine examples of French Gothic architecture and cathedrals, but Notre-Dame has won the hearts and imaginations of Parisiens and of the world.
The City of Light sprouted from the very location where the cathedral now stands. In the 3rd century B.C. a small Celtic tribe, from whose name the city is derived, built a fortification here. Construction dates to the early medieval period around 1,100AD. More than 2,300 years later, the city and its icons now draw visitors from around the world.
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Au revoir from Paris [for now]!
Stay tuned… next week I will be visiting Montenegro. It will not be my first foray into the Balkans, but it will be my first time visiting this tiny, off the beaten path country in southeastern Europe!
*The headline image was taken with my iPhone 6S on the evening of 13 June 2018 at around 22:30. #NoFilters