All posts tagged cathedral

Spring at Last: Outside of Notre Dame d’Amiens

Published Monday, 14 May 2012 by Sydney Sunny

The beginning of May started with a promise of spring, but there was a relapse of winter. The city and I had on light winter coats to stay warm in the cold, gray days. The gray days were horrible. There was always the fear of rain because of the pressing gray clouds, and the sun ran away with the moon. After 10 long gray days the sun came back and warmer weather too! I hope it stays!

Here are some pictures of the outside of Notre Dame d’Amiens in the Spring at the end of April when there was sun!

The west entrance lights up in the afternoon sunlight. It is a perfect spotlight. The center arch is the final judgement with Jesus in the middle.

I read in my little souvenir book, that the facade of the west entrance is narrow. It is true. The cathedral in Paris has huge bulky towers compared to Amiens’.

The southern entrance it my favorite view of the cathedral! The entrance has a road lined with classic European brick houses. The main entrance is interesting with all the heavy statuses and sturdy bell towers. However, the southern entrance is more simple. The window is the main focus, and it is like lace – airy.

One of my favorite things about Gothic cathedrals are the backsides or the east end. Most often the building started with the western fount, which is Romanesque. The west is heavy and bulky. However the back is the end of construction? The backsides are always very Gothic, airy, and light. Notre Dame d’Amiens is special because it has seven semi-circle areas (?). In the inside, the darkness of the back is lit up very dramatically and on the outside, the view is like small pillars of glass!

In the back there is a park. It is a nice little area to sit under the cathedral. I sat here and read a little of Harry Potter tome 3. It is a public park, so there are a lot of tourist and locals.

When you come to France make sure to see the famous monuments and support them! If you take a day trip to Amiens, give a euro to the cathedral! It is a wonderful  monument that needs to stand for many more years to come!


Dive in with Rain

Published Wednesday, 9 May 2012 by Sydney Sunny

After staying the night in Dives-sur-Mer, we explored a little bit of the town. However, it was raining and very cold! But never fear, a little rain cannot spoil our smiles!

Yumi and Marine smiling

We went by car to a local seafood market. They bought mussels for lunch. The sellers laughed at me because I kept my distance from the dead fish. I just don’t have the heart to even look at the live fish or crabs or lobsters.

The Rain

Then again by car, Marine, Yumi, and I hopped out in the rain in the center of Dives. Because of the suppressing rain, we dived into a cathedral. Sadly, the cathedral was being worked on and hard to see the architecture. The cathedral was quite small and crud, but the history was interesting. On the west wall above the main doors, the names of all the men who went with William, Duke of Normandy, to England are listed.

a corner in the cathedral.

Me, Marine and Yumi


A kind woman raved about our lolita dresses. She was so pleased and happy to see us for some reason. She was so sweet. She then gave Marine some money and told us to go buy something sweet!

Stopping by a pastry shop

After Maine bought us some sweets, we walked with umbrellas  up to the old wooden market. It is amazing that it is still standing! I wish there were more markets in the USA.

The wooden market with Yumi!

Once again umbrellas up, we went to the old center of town. I guess, when town was still a wee village, it looked like this.

The old center

Soon, we went back for lunch and to our happiness the sun came out for the rest of the day! So, we continued our adventure!


Cathédrale Notre-Dame-d’Évreux

Published Thursday, 3 May 2012 by Sydney Sunny

Cathédrale Notre-Dame-d’Évreux: viewed up from the river

As every city, town, or village in France Evreux has a Cathedral. Its name: Cathédrale Notre-Dame-d’Évreux. The cathedral has a nice presents in Evreux.  The cathedral rests beside the river that flows though the city. There is not a big plaza in front, which is different.

The very bulky western façade .

There are many different styles in this cathedral. When I first set eyes on it, I knew the west façade was out of place. It was built in the 11th century, and thus, it is Romanesque- bulky. But the rest of the cathedral dates in the Gothic period.

A view of the north windows, and  spire

I was also curious about the spire. The spire is very decorated and fancy. It was the last to be added in the 15th century – near the end of the Gothic style. The later and later in the Gothic era, the details be come finer- High Gothic. I think it become more and more lace like.

Looking at the cathedral though the window of the Bishop’s Palace (now the museum) . 

Let take a break for Lolita:

My favorite picture! Lolita and Gothic: Marine, Me, and Yumi

This is my favorite dress – my dream dress! It is Baby, the Stars  Shine Bright’s Dessert One Piece Dress in Pink from 2007 ( I think the date is right). I am in love with the above picture! We took pictures in the courtyard between the museum and the cathedral.

Let move inside:
Inside I found it beautiful. It was a few different surprises. The nave, to me, seemed narrow. Also, the organ, which was playing at the time, was modern. When it is being played the doors are open, but when empty the organ’s doors are closed.

the nave and the open organ, looking west

Another surpise was under the spire!  The spire is open! There are a lot of spires in the center of cathedrals but not open. The open spire is a cleaver way to let in more light!

Inside under the spire with the view of the windows

Under the spire

My day didn’t end here! We took a trip to a very special place after lunch!  Till then!