Sunday, December 25, 2005

Road To Nowhere

Let's pop over, on this Christmas day, 2005, to the most famous cathedral in Paris, in France, and probably the world... Notre Dame de Paris!

Right slap bang in front of Notre Dame (you know the one), as part of the large open area with benches and bins and bushes for tourists to enjoy, you find a strange little chunk of what looks like a paved footpath of yesteryear, with a stone engraved with 'rue de Venise' in the middle of it.

Well hold on to your hats folks! For this is none other than, according to my extremely unreliable sources, the main Paris thoroughfare dating back even to before dear old Notre Dame was nothing more than a twinkle in the Good Lord's eye...

To give you an idea of just how narrow this 'main street' was, my friend and I plonked our mucky boots and scruffy trainers down to show you. Apparently... that was it. It was lined by houses on either side, so we're not exactly talking four-lane motorway proportions here...

From another angle you can see Our Lady in the background, and various and assorted tourist types in the foreground - ya gotta love 'em.

There was another similar little bit of cobbled street which seems to be heading straight for Notre Dame herself, and effectively, it was and it did! Before the cathedral was built there was a road going right through where it now stands. And you can see part of it on the square in front. This is progress!

© Sab Will / Paris Set Me Free 2005


Anonymous said...

I was in Paris from '82-'91 and believe me, I'm enjoying and learning about Paris again and more through your eyes, Sab! I'm so glad I stumbled on your blog (must admit that I belong to those non blog-literate people until I came upon yours). Everytime I get to have free time, I just can't wait to see what's new.

Best wishes to you (a bit late) and more power!


Mdx said...

I didn't know this either, but next time I'm back I'll be looking closer at these old streets (as well as the garbage cans that you named in a recent post). Nice angle on that 2nd one.

Un habitant du fleuve said...

Bravo pour toutes ces belles images, qu'il est toujours agréable de venir regarder régulièrement.

À bientôt.

Paris Set Me Free said...

Thanks for the great comments! I was particularly touched by M.C.'s comment - MC, I really appreciate the words that you took the time to write, and you should know, and it's exactly the same for everyone, that a few words left with love and sincerity are worth more than you can imagine.

The heart of Paris reaches out to you!

JennC said...

I never noticed this before. I think the last time I was in the Notre Dame area was the late Pope's farewell mass. Needless to say that it was VERY CROWDED!!

I'll keep an eye out for this.

Paris Set Me Free said...

You know, Paris is full of curiosities like this - it's amazing! Let's keep on looking out for them! Sab :-)


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