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Mass at Notre Dame

A few photos of the exterior of the magnificent cathedral of Notre Dame. We arrived just before the last mass of the day was about to start. Today, January 1st, the Roman Catholic Church celebrates the liturgical feast of the Solemnity of Mary and it is holy day of obligation for Catholics.

It was a cold day, with cloudy skies and temperatures in the low 30's during the day, perhaps the coldest it's been for us since we arrived.





When we exited the cathedral at 7:30 pm the skies were clear and we were awed by the sight of the moon and a beautiful lit cathedral and Christmas tree.


Before heading "home" we stopped at a brasserie for a glass of vin chaud (mulled wine).


Comments (10)

What a great way to welcome the New Year! The photos pf the Notre Dame with the moon are fabulous!

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Maria, these are beautiful photos. I love all of them especially the one with the bright moon and pretty christmas tree with the Cathedral in the background. I haven't seen Paris since 2005 and looking at your beautiful photos brings back so many great memories. I especially thought Paris was so beautiful at night, just like in your photos!

Thanks so much for taking time out of your wonderful vacation to share some of your beautiful photos and experiences.

Maria, Happy New Year to you and your Husband way over there in Paris. And keep on enjoying yourselves!

Happy New Year Maria! How wonderful to be spending the holidays in Paris. Love your photos of Notre Dame esp. that one of the moon and blue tree.

Have fun trying out your French!


Can your husband give my husband some pointers about gifts? LOL What a wonderful way to begin the year. Enjoy Paris!


Lucky! How wonderful that you got to spend holidays in my favorite city. I am so jealous.

The cathedral looks awesome in the night photos! Thank you for sharing. Now I am really missing Paris.

I have been really enjoying your posts from Paris. What a lovely way to spend New Years. You even got a shot of the full moon.


Beautiful photos. It must have been so special attending mass at Notre Dame on this day. What a magical visit to Paris you are having :)


What a fantastic way to bring in the new year, Maria!

Your photos of Notre Dame are so beautiful, I especially love the shot with the moon and the Christmas tree!


Wonderful photos!

And I bet that the hot mulled wine tasted really good and warmed you up!

Finally going back to comment on the rest of your Paris posts... What a fabulous way to start the New Year. LOVE the photos. Must have been a very special day :)

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