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    From atop Notre-Dame de Paris


    “And if you wish to receive of the ancient city an impression with which the modern one can no longer furnish you, climb--on the morning of some grand festival, beneath the rising sun of Easter or of Pentecost--climb upon some elevated point, whence you command the entire capital; and be present at the wakening of the chimes." (Victor Hugo, Notre-Dame de Paris)


    It was neither Easter nor Pentecost, neither sunrise nor the time of the wakening of the chimes, but the panorama of Paris from the rooftop of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame retains its magic. The Seine, the enduring monuments, the trees covered with the red of autumn or the green of late summer, the lusty gardens, the sun-bleached buildings--all were within the reach of the eyes. There I gleaned the ancient from the modern and saw an approximation of Victor Hugo's description. It's worth taking the 400 steps of Quasimodo!

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