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like the ugly, black coated fraternity at all.)     The interior of
the Cathedral looks bare, there are some fine, stained-glass, oriel
window, and chapels along either aisle.     Ascending one of the
towers, from a seperate entrance, we after payment of some sous
to a woman, and considerable exertion, reach the stone gallery bet-
ween the two great towers; then take a view of Paris.  No such
a picturesque and architectural panorama is there as, in medicinal
time, Hugo paints, but yet is it worth seeing.     The narrow
Seine winds along, not blockaded by unsightly warehouses or coal wharfs,
but by broad open quays, along which trees are planted, and where 
you stand rows of palaces and handsome public buildings.  The
streets of the Cit , (upon the island of which we stand,) appear laby-
rinthine and tortuous, the many bridges well built, the Boulevards
and more modern parts of the capital, broad fine thoroughfares.
No little steamers, or boats upon the green Seine, but great bathing
places, and washing depots, where we see, (and hear) women beating
the clothes, each having a separate sort of pig-pen to do it in, with
unlimited water privilege.     The July column we spy, and beyond
it Pere la Chaise, with rising grounds and many monuments;
the heights of Montmartre overlooking Paris, and the great Arch
de la Etoile.     A large church of St Eustache (something) also
attracts our notice.     The city generally appears clean, and bright
colored.     But a word more of Notre Dame.   In the gallery where
we stand, (which also encircles the towers,) at angles, and other
places, are the strangest shaped stone monsters, chim ras, dragons,
horned demons, salamanders, griffons and the like, some at
full length and of mans heighth, others merged at mid-length in
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven: page ninety
Description:Describes a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, including a view of Paris from the towers.
Date:1855-06-14
Subject:Church buildings; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Notre-Dame de Paris (Cathedral); Religion; Travel
Coverage (City/State):Paris, [France]
Scan Date:2011-02-02

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Seven
Description:Includes an account of his family history and descriptions of his visits with family and friends in England, witnessing a procession for Louis Napoleon in London, traveling in Paris with his brothers Charley and Edwin, his friend Harry Price's mental illness, his journey across the Atlantic to New York on the ship Washington, the marriage of Fanny Fern and James Parton, meetings of the Ornithoryncus Club in New York, and Alfred Waud's elopement with Mary Brainard.
Subject:Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Mental illness; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):London, England; Paris, France; New York, New York
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.