The Notre Dame in Paris is on fire.
I watched the spire fall online.
I watched, like millions of others, online as the fire watched.
I also cried. Wondered. Hoped.
The stone structures are mostly intact.
The wood structures are mostly gone and irreplaceable.
There are no trees that grow as tall as those used in the building of Notre Dame.
Most of the stained glass is gone.
Many of the artworks are ok.
The candles, lit in prayers and wishes, were still aflame after the fire was doused.
Billions of dollars are being donated to rebuild the Notre Dame.
I am grateful for the honor of having visited the Grand Lady in 1987, 1993, 2002, and a lovely 4 weeks in 2011 walking past her and entering every chance I had.
I don't believe Notre Dame will be rebuilt in my lifetime....It took a hundred years to build it. Yes, I believe in technology, etc, but, to there is so much work and lost knowledge.
If you're interested in learning more about Notre Dame, a quick Google search will get you to some good links.
As for the fire, here are some good links...
but watch for the wifi suck up from CNN links:
photos of fire and after fire:
Oh, if you want to donate to the rebuild, the Making a Mark has some very reliable charities.
Trying to smile through tears, with paint on my hands,