When Frank Sinatra sang about April in Paris, I wonder whether he had the cherry blossoms in Paris in mind? In small squares; along quiet residential roads or in the big beautiful city parks, the cherry blossom lights up the city during the second half of the month. And if, as is the case this year, we have no rain, then the blooms hang around just a little longer.
Last week the world watched in shock as the Notre Dame cathedral blazed into the night. It seemed unthinkable that Paris may lose this iconic monument, one thousand years of history and craftsmanship. Since the fire and the initial shock, the event has morphed into a tale of rebirth, of new life and a challenging deadline of 2024 for the rebuild.
One of the challenges of the rebuild will be the respect of the immediate surroundings of the cathedral, such as these cherry blossom trees that stand on the south side of the building, along the river.
On this Easter weekend, this exuberant pink blossom seemed a fitting tribute to the courage of the firemen during the fire; the generosity of the French people and those abroad in donating to the rebuild fund; and the inspiration of the engineers and architects who are facing the challenge of respectfully recreating a 13th century edifice.
I hope you have enjoyed a wonderful Easter weekend, that the sun shone, and that whatever season you are in right now, you found some comfort in nature around you.
These photos of the Notre Dame and the Square Gabriel Pierné were shot by Emily Jackson who is part of the MFCH team, and who takes wonderful pictures of Paris and elsewhere. If you’d like to see more of her work, check our her instagram HERE.