As with every visit to Paris I always go to Notre Dame, to take in the flying buttresses, the rose window, the beautiful garden, and the history that seeps from the walls and envelopes your senses with the tinge of incense. Christmas is especially beautiful in this almost 850 year old Cathedral because each year the creche or nativity scene is done by a different artist. If you go during the holidays I recommend that you go during the week, at the weekend you cannot even move in the place it is so crowded. At Notre Dame you really want to be able to step back and take it all in, or at least have a foot in front of you to see something, at least I do.
|View from front.|
|Front door close up|
|View from one end|
|3 wise men|
|Mary and Joseph|
|Angels we have heard on high!|
|Baby Jesus is placed in manger at midnight mass on Christmas Eve|
|Shepherds tending their flock|
|View from opposite end|
|Side view going into garden|
What a beautiful experience! If you would like more information on the Cathedral, the art, the gardens, or the holidays go here, you will find everything that you need in both English and French. The section on the holidays is fascinating, it explains all about the history of the creche, the selection of the artists, and the building of this beautiful piece of Christmas tradition. The creche will be up until February so you still have an opportunity to see it after Christmas!
Have a fabulous day, enjoy the spirit and joy of the holidays. Christmas is two weeks away!