There are buildings, and then there are symbols. What was quite transfixing about the events that unfolded before Easter in Paris was how people around the world, no matter their religion, were watching as Notre-Dame was burning. In fact, as I write this, it still seems surreal. Yet, the point being that a building turned into a symbol that for some had religious connotation but for others, it held memories, it held history and for others, it simply symbolized Paris to them, even for the many that had not ever stepped foot in France.
I was fortunate to have been to Paris this past January. Even though I had been to Notre-Dame some time ago, I decided to go in once again. This time, I took time to read about the history of the building, its evolution. Notre-Dame had evolved over many years to be what it was before the fire. In fact, one could argue it was still evolving (it was under renovation when the fire broke out). Putting all other aspects about this fire to the side, as there will certainly be more facts and information released in the upcoming days and weeks, there was commentary and conversations I had with friends about this that got me thinking. Here are some lessons to take away from this moment...
How did the fire at Notre-Dame effect you? And, did you have any takeaways from that moment?
Until next time...
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The paparazzi horde, La Dolce Vita, 1960 – photo courtesy of Vanity Fair
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My image of Hermès has always been rarified products at equally rarified prices so imagine my surprise when I recently received a very stylish publication of theirs in the mail.
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