Adventures in Living --
Accents on Travel and Dining
East of Paris Bookstore
Monday, November 21, 2011
When visiting great buildings and monuments, I have a tendency to look up at the soaring structures and forget what is under my feet. So it was at the great Cathedral in Reims, France: Notre-Dame de Reims, where for centuries French kings were crowned. Everything is designed to pull your eye and spirit upward.
It is beautiful.
But, if you never look down, you will miss the plaques in the floor. One reminds us of the spot where St. Remi baptized Clovis (on Christmas in 496 A.D.).
Another notes the spot where St. Nicasius was martyred in 406 A.D., when Vandals cut off his head.
Looking down can really make you think, and thinking leads you up once more.