|The facade of Notre Dame, central portal|
|Gargoyles are just gutters to keep the rain water flowing off the roof.|
|While we were in line we enjoyed some pastries I pick up at the little bakery near our hotel.|
People often confuse these mythical creatures for gargoyles. Gargoyles are the drain pipes. These are Chimeras. The Chimera is supposed to represent those unrepentant souls caught between choosing right or wrong, caught between heaven and earth. Tormented, thus their odd and ugly appearance. Reminds me of The Uglies in George MacDonald's The Princess and Curdie. (Which, by the way, you can read for free here. But, you won't get the lovely illustrations by Nora S. Unwin.)
I love Paris in the summer.....'cause that's the only time I've been there. But, can you beat this view and weather?!
Going into the belfry. It holds the Cathedral's largest bell. It's name is Emmanuel and it weighs more than 13 tons! It's clapper alone weighs 500 kilos. It was lifted to the tower with ropes in the 17th Century. Incredible!!! This bell is wrung only on major Catholic feast days.
The following picture was taken because of Gana's extreme and utter disgust over it: