Notre-Dame Paris - After The Fire

I kid you not, I purchased tickets for a historical walking tour of Paris the day before The Notre-Dame Cathedral caught on fire.

I was definitely disappointed that this one stop on our tour would be cancelled but our tour guide was amazing and made sure we learned all the history of this monument viewing from the outside in a beautiful rose garden across the street and walking up as closely as possible.

It was refreshing to learn that the fire at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris raised almost 1 billion Euros in donations from around the world and France’s President, Emmanuel Macron, has pledged to use the donations to rebuild the Cathedral with expected completion in 2022.

Some speculate if the design will remain authentic or will be significantly changed with more modern design elements however the French Senate has stated the cathedral’s rooftop should be rebuilt as it was.

Notre-Dame in Numbers

Years it took to complete: 1345
Hours it was on fire: 15
Euros donated for the rebuilt: $600,000,000
Amount donated by billionaire Bernard Arnault alone: $200,000,000

Also did you know the roof of the Notre-Dame had 3 hives containing 180,000 bees, all who survived the fire?

Later that evening we took a boat tour along the River Seine where we were able to see the Notre-Dame from a different angle.

This full-day walking tour of Paris was by far one of my favorite things we did while exploring Europe and we got to see so much more including the Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum just to name a few, which I'll definitely share in a future post!


  1. I had no idea about the bees! That's crazy!

  2. That’s amazing how much money they raised and so cool about the bees.

  3. Looks like you still were able to get some beautiful photos. We visited about 5 years ago and it was really magnificent to see! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  4. I'm in awe of how much was raised after the fire, there is still so much good in the world <3

    Green Fashionista

  5. Wow! That is a lot of mmoney raised!! You got some great pics!

  6. Love that your tour still stopped there and got you up to speed on the the rebuilding efforts. It's such a beautiful structure. I hope they will continue to stay true to the integrity of the design and building.

  7. Just beautiful. We almost hopped across to Paris this week but didnt.

    When I read how much was raised in the first few weeks I was floored. Still am.