At this point, there is little I can add to the story of Monday’s terrible fire at Notre Dame de Paris, because the news coverage has been so intense and the feelings of so many people around the world — sadness, shock, despair, loss — thoroughly reported.
As it happened, on Monday evening I was watching a BBC News program called “Beyond 100 Days,” which features mostly political news from around the world, but mostly focused on the U.S. and the U.K. From the start, the program went to live coverage of the fire in Paris — and never left. My wife Jan joined me in our TV room, and we watched with heavy hearts.
So now I will add only a small personal touch, based on many trips to my favourite city.
A bit more than a year ago, Jan and I had lunch with her cousin David and his wife Christine at La Tour d’Argent, the famous restaurant located on the Left Bank of the Seine.
I wrote about our visit in “Where to lunch on a birthday (in Paris),” which I posted on March 11, 2018. And in my posting, I included the following photograph, showing one of the breath-taking and inspiring views from the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows:
And there it is on the left of the photo, the famous cathedral topped by its sky-high spire, which has now disappeared.
We can only hope that the development team chosen to rebuild the cathedral can come reasonably close to meeting President Macron’s five-year target. Fingers crossed.