Like so many others in the Southern Hemisphere I woke to the news of the devastating fire that has destroyed much of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. I know I am not alone in passing my shock and sadness to the people of Paris, who are witnessing first hand the destruction of this magnificent cathedral that is so much a part of their lives.
My introduction to Notre Dame was in 1975 on my first visit to Paris . This was a year of many firsts- first overseas trip, first time away from home , first time travelling with John ( now my Husband ) but that is another story for another time.
I was totally captivated by the charm and history of Paris . The somewhat faded shots are from that first trip taken with my first 35mm. camera, a Kodak Retinette. That was back in the days of actual film and we all took slides when travelling and came home and bored the family witless with our holiday slide show.
Back in 1975 there weren’t the vast numbers of tourists , so unlike today, you didn’t have to queue for hours to enter Notre Dame. That was the only time we ventured inside although on my subsequent trips a visit to see her was a must.
My next visit to Paris was in fact much later than I had originally anticipated , 41 years in fact, life sometimes just gets in the way. I was just as excited in April 2016 to revisit my favourite sites as I was as a much younger woman all those years before.
This shot was taken on a meandering walk on a cold Spring day, as I fell in love with Paris all over again.
I was fortunate enough to return to Paris in late November , 2017, for a few days at the end of our European travels. This shot shows the scaffolding that was surrounding the restoration work taking place. I believe the spire showing is the one seen in news footage collapsing.
As I type this post I am hearing that the main stone structure was saved and in time the cathedral will be rebuilt. I can only hope that many of the treasures within the building were also spared.
This mustard yellow hat evokes memories of that day in Paris as it was purchased on the Isle de la Cite on our rambles around after visiting the Cathedral . I will add that it was a freezing cold day and was purchased out of necissity.
Today’s outfit also is a nod to Paris as it is a re-creation of one I wore to a fashion exhibition at the Arts Decorative back in 2016, with a couple of little twists. The beret is a vintage French one that I found locally and my gold butterfly shoes as much as I love them aren’t really suitable for all the walking required when you travel. My orange leather gloves were purchased from a little glove shop near our tiny Paris apartment.
The sadness of the destruction of the fire makes me think about how lucky I am to be able to travel but also makes you realise the fragility of things around us , be it buildings , landscapes or the world in general. Things can change in the blink of an eye, be it our health or circumstance or a place we want to visit is no longer safe or becomes inaccessible so if there is somewhere you really want to go – I say just go- one never knows.
Joining Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday, Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb, Mica Weekday Wear Link Up, , Nancy for Fashion Friday, Judith at Style Crone for Hat Attack.