From a walk on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Cardiff, Wales, one year ago.
Just a few minutes from the King’s Cross/St. Pancras railway complex in London are the Coal Drop Yards, a former industrial area along the Regents Canal being remade for modern retail/leisure, near other new buildings housing offices and residential spaces. Here is one of the buildings, as it was about a year ago.
This stately building on Yonge Street in Toronto used to be home to North Toronto railway station. I had to look up this building in Google to verify its history … but its proximity to train tracks and the lovely clock tower pretty much gave away its heritage. It is currently a (very beautiful) liquor store.
It was so disheartening to watch the news today and learn of the fire that engulfed the roof at Notre-Dame-de-Paris Cathedral. If there’s any good news to be had, it appears much of the structure remains intact and many of the historic artifacts and artwork were saved from the blaze.
I had the distinct pleasure of visiting the church in September 2012, as millions of visitors did yearly until today. I did not get the chance to scamper up to the top for a city view — next time, I thought then. With hope, this grand place of worship and one of Paris’s jewels will be rebuilt and reopen with renewed splendour.