Let me tell you: it was huge. I've never felt like such a bug ever in my life. It's the most beautiful building I've ever seen. Even the gargoyles were gorgeous. Terrifying, but gorgeous nonetheless.
The inside was spectacular, her windows reached from the tile floors to the tops of the ceilings. All of the stained glass. The rounded windows looked like the inside of a still kaleidoscope.
Similar to the Rouen Cathedral, it branched off into different rooms dedicated to saints. I did not see the confessional though.
There was terrific woodwork along the walls. Candles everywhere. There was also a nun holding an offering basket. I gave ten euros.
As much as I love the cathedral and stories that sprang from its gloriousness, it felt way too much like a monument or a tourist playhouse than a church. I know with how famous it is you have to expect that, but it's still a house of worship.
All in all I'm still head over heels in love with the history and beauty of Notre Dame. Going inside is marked off my bucket list, now I need to go to the top of the tower.
--Ashley Williamson, class of 2017