Our hotel was on the Left Bank just a few blocks away from Notre Dame Cathedral so we stopped there for a 15-20 minute rest and meditation at least once a day. The area was always crowded with tourists plus there was construction scaffolding, so I ended up buying postcards for a better view of the outside. I did get some good pictures inside.
Notre Dame Cathedral has three front entrances which are usually filled with people going in and out. This is a photo of the right side. I think the white areas on the stone were recently renovated sculptures.
The interior was awe-inspiring with huge columns and many large, beautiful stained glass windows. Even with so many windows the colored glass blocked a lot of light, leaving the interior shadowed and dim.
I did not want to be disruptive but I did try a few interior photos without using a flash. I didn’t use a tripod either, so I’m surprised that they came out at all.
I was pleasantly surprised that my pictures were so easy to enhance using Picasa, with most photos needing just some straightforward adjustments to contrast and color. I also added the Orton-ish effect to some of the photos to give them a softer and warmer look.
The photo below shows the candles that were constantly being lit while people said prayers. It was a really beautiful scene in the tranquil cathedral space.
Below is one of Notre Dame’s famous stained glass windows:
And one of Notre Dame’s beautiful rose windows:
We were able to climb the circular staircases all the way to the top of one of Notre Dame’s bell towers to see the incredible views of Paris. I wish I could still do that trek!
The photo below shows the Seine River from the bell tower and some of the 37 Parisian bridges that cross it.