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paris : notre dame

6.29.2012







































flying buttresses. that's the first phrase that comes to mind when i think of this grand cathedral
thanks to my epic high school art history teacher...i think everyone left high school wanting
to become an art historian thanks to her brilliance and passion. thank you, ms. hughes!

it really is amazing what these buildings have survived and undergone over the centuries...
i'm always so glad when someone has the foresight to preserve these monuments
rather than tearing them down or building over them. thank you, visionaries!

'tis a beautiful building, yes?

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side note: i'll eventually get around to photographing my temporary home here in vermont.
at the moment i'm currently battling too many "why" questions:
"why am i in this program?"
"why can't i just simply listen and enjoy beautiful words?"
"why is academia always so intimidating?"
etc.
tonight i will go hear the reading of beautiful words down by the pond with classmates and professors.
i will let my heart rest from all the why's and i will be content with the irrationality of beauty.

7 comments:

Natalie said...

As always, beautiful photos. Notre Dame is both chaotic and peaceful, no? I love to just sit in the pews and look around at the breath-taking stained-glass windows. It's amazing how easy it is to drown out the noise of tourists when you're in the presence of such magnificence. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

As for what you're struggling with right now...I am in the same boat. One year to go for me as well. I know how difficult it can be to leave your loved ones behind and try to adapt once again to a new surrounding. But you are an incredibly intelligent, talented and wise young woman and I have no doubt in my mind that as the weeks pass, you will not only be home before you know it but so happy to have stuck out another summer full of grand words and nourishing literature. You go girl!

And sitting by a pond listening to readings is about as ideal as it can get for someone who loves 'pages' as much as we do. Have an amazing time!

Nat xx

P.S. If you get a chance, please send me your address there so I can finally write you that letter! :)

Sarah said...

It is beautiful...I would love to wander freely around all that history. Paris is at the top of my list to visit so I really am enjoying the tour you are taking us on. I love architecture, especially in old and romantic cities and have to laugh at what we call "history" here in the US.

I meant to comment on your move to Vermont...I studied literature at the University of Nebraska. I assure you that Vermont is a much more romantic and charming place to study the likes of Frost and Wright!

Debie Grace said...

It's so beautiful!!

kylie said...

i so look forward to the day i get to see europe - looks so lovely!

BASE said...

wow...interesting....

jane said...

you had me at buttresses. :)
lovely pics.
p.s. i´m sure you´ll be settled in in no time. lucky you- vermont in summer!
big hugs!

Avoir la Peche said...

It was right next to those buttresses in the little park at the back that my fiance proposed on valentines last year. Thanks for the lovely reminder your photos have brought :)