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