Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Notre-Dame Basilica ~ Montreal

I have to say that my favorite part of our trip
was our visit here



it was breathtaking






as you can see
I went a little crazy taking pictures




I felt so at peace there
and overwhelmed







you can see why I went a little nuts








the pipe organ was gorgeous
I can only imagine attending a service here

they actually have tickets for the
Christmas Eve services ~ 3 of them and they have
a full house at each one

Celine Dion was married here along with
Mario Lemieux for you hockey fans!

Pope John Paul II celebrated a Mass for children
here in 1984.

In the back there is a smaller chapel
Sacre Coeur (Sacred Heart)
known as the wedding chapel



they were getting ready for Mass
so I ran in and got a couple of shots


even the hallway between the two had gorgeous 
stained glass windows



I think it was the best time of the year for me to visit
this wonderful church

it made me stop and think
and remember the reason for the season

this week has been rather low key
busy busy at work
but I have been trying to relax in the evenings

we are in the middle of a Nor'easter right now
and receiving lots of rain
and high winds

lights are out all over the city
thankfully they are still on here at home

it looks like my wish for a white Christmas
may very well come 
as they are calling for snow the next
5 days! 

Hope you are having a wonderful week.
xo

7 comments:

Farmgirl Paints said...

Oh my those were beautiful Lori. What an amazing place. I can see why it was your favorite. And Celine Dion got married there...wowza!!! Love that last quote....so true and powerful. Hope your weather gets better. That's no fun with Christmas fast approaching.

kimberly at mimicharmante said...

Lori, it is gorgeous! I really want to make it to Montreal one of these days - maybe with #1 who is on his third year of French. I have heard such fabulous things about the city itself, and being part Canadian, really want to see it myself~
So happy you had a good time~
xx

Cathi said...

Wow,Wow,Wow!! That is gorgeous Lori...I would love to visit there one day, but thanks for taking us on this fabulous tour!!! It does send a reminder out to all of us what this season truly means. Have a beautiful week, Lori! xxoo

Rhiannon Nicole said...

Oh gosh what an intricate and gorgeous church! Imagine how long it took to build that beauty!! And to get married there? Wow photos would be so gorgeous! Thanks for sharing Lori :) Happy Holidays love xo

Christina said...

i love it! oh this is so beautiful. it's as though i am there, as i look at your gorgeous photos.
xo
ps: thanks for inviting me to your post. ; )

Jacqueline said...

Dear Lori,
What a beautiful church. Your photographs are stunning. You must have had the best of times on your trip......and, you're right. We must never forget what Christmas REALLY means.
Wishing you and your family the most special and magical time. With much love. XXXX

Lissa said...

My daughter tells me that we may see snow as well but I haven't checked myself yet. Have such a wonderful Christmas!