Print Story 9/17/06 -- Palais Luxembourg and Notre Dame
By garlic (Wed Sep 27, 2006 at 11:45:14 AM EST) (all tags)
I've failed at getting this posted 3 times now. that sucks.

Sunday was still a heritage day, so we checked out the inside and outside of the Palais Luxembourg and also walked around all of the islands, Ile de la Cite and Ile St. Louis. On Ile de la Cite is one of the most famous gothic cathedrals, Notre Dame.

One of the themes that france seems to have is that while they love to keep around their old stuff, they also love to intramingle new with the old. Thus the picture of the Pantheon with the crazy modern art, and this partial face poking out of a pond in the Jardin Luxembourg. I brought along the 3 musketeers along and was reading it on the trip, and Luxembourg shows up a couple times in the book, which is pretty fun. The internals of the palace are used for the current French Senate. They were some pretty fancy digs.

Last time Liz and I went, Notre Dame was being cleaned. Limestone looks great freshly out of the ground or cleaned, but after even only 20 years, it looks grimy and gross. I don't know when the last time Notre Dame had been cleaned before, but It looked really good (from the front anyway) this time. This is inside, in one of the alcove chapels.

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Cool pictures by debacle (2.00 / 0) #1 Wed Sep 27, 2006 at 01:19:38 PM EST
Got any more?


The last time I was at Notre Dame by Greener (2.00 / 0) #2 Wed Sep 27, 2006 at 01:53:42 PM EST
about 9 years ago they had cleaned a few small test patches on the front no larger than a few centimeters square to determine the best method of restoration. I remember the contrast between cleaned and uncleaned to be pretty dramatic and I'd love to see the final result.

See by Bob Abooey (2.00 / 0) #3 Thu Sep 28, 2006 at 11:08:57 AM EST
This is one of the good things about God, and the belief thereof. If nobody believed in God we wouldn't have some of those amazing buildings to look at.

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

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