Saturday Snapshots #30

by Jeanne on March 21, 2009

in Photography, Saturday Snapshots, Travel - France

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Notre Dame de Reims Cathedral, France – August 2007

For me, the best part about travelling is when you arrive somewhere with no real expectations.  This means that you have no preconceived notion of whether you are going to like the place or not, and no picture-postcard idealised image in your mind.  It is only when you arrive somewhere in this frame of mind that you give a place permission to surprise you, delight you, and imprint itself on your soul.

We arrived in Reims late one summer afternoon, after a long day's driving from Heidelberg in Germany.  We checked into our apartment for a quick overnight stay and as there was still enough light for a stroll before dinner, we ventured out.  All we knew was that Reims was the capital of Champagne production, and that there was apparently a rather nice cathedral somewhere.  Being a sucker for cathedrals, we thought we'd take a quick look, but nothing prepared me for what we found. Imagine Notre Dame de Paris, but brighter on the inside and totally devoid of throngs of tourists and you begin to get an idea.  It is a space to delight the eye and lift the soul – and all the better for being discovered unexpectedly in the middle of an unremarkable provincial French town. 

Notre Dame de Reims was completed in the 13 century and is considered to be a masterpiece of gothic architecture.  The coronation of French monarchs used to take place here and today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This is part of a series of non-food photographs that will be published every Saturday on CookSister. Click here for a full list of photographs previously featured.  If you like this or any other photo featured in Saturday Snapshots, why not buy it as a greeting card or print in my RedBubble store?

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Cynthia March 21, 2009 at 9:25 pm

For me, the best part about travelling is when you arrive somewhere with no real expectations. This means that you have no preconceived notion of whether you are going to like the place or not, and no picture-postcard idealised image in your mind. It is only when you arrive somewhere in this frame of mind that you give a place permission to surprise you, delight you, and imprint itself on your soul. – OMG! I am the same way too and totally agree with you!

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Angela @ A Spoonful of Sugar March 21, 2009 at 9:34 pm

Stunning photo, Jeanne. Those strained glass windows are incredible and the whole thing is just so perfectly framed by the arches.

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deeba March 22, 2009 at 12:41 am

That’s a stunning picture jeanne, & can’t believe it was taken at night. Lucky you to have found it empty & so bathed in glory! Yes, this is what I like about travelling & the camera; there is always something unexpected in every frame!

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noble pig March 22, 2009 at 1:38 am

What a beautiful travel memory. I too have visited this cathedral a very long time ago. It’s as beautiful as I remember it.

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Jan March 22, 2009 at 9:54 am

Great post and a brilliant photo Jeanne!

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barbara April 5, 2009 at 6:40 am

I rememeber visiting this cathedral. I think the stained glass was by Chagall wasn’t it? I seem to remember seeing it and knowing immediately it was by Chagall.

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