posted on Jun, 22 2019 @ 03:28 PM
A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I walked along the Seine to Notre Dame Cathedral, or at least right up to the barricades. While we watched a car
exiting the guarded gate at the bridge, a Gendarme with a machine gun, woke up from his nap, and ran right up to the civilians on the other side of
the gate, next to us. The the regular guards shushed him, and he had to run about fifty meters back to the van he came out of. I think that he was
supposed to stay out of sight. The French are deathly worried about someone with a car or truck bomb, crashing their chain link barricades and
plowing into the side of the fire ravaged Cathedral, and finishing off what that fire started, a couple of weeks before we left for our European
Vacation Cruise on the Rhine, at the end of April.
After debarking at Amsterdam, we rode the Thalys train into the Gare de Nord, in Paris and were staying a few blocks away from Notre Dame, at a hotel
at Cluny Square. Our Travel agent had booked us in there to be close to the Cathedral, well before it got torched.