Jesus wept: eyewitnesses to devastation of Notre Dame

Sharon resident Michelle Alfandari was in Paris at Notre Dame on Monday morning, April 15, before the fire started. From Pont Marie, she took snapshots not just of the firefighters trying to douse the flames but also of Parisians standing along the steps to the Seine and watching as their church burned. Photo by Michelle Alfandari

Two Northwest Corner residents were in Paris on Monday, April 15, as flames destroyed the roof and spire of Notre Dame Cathedral. 

Michelle Alfandari of Sharon was taking her 7-year-old great-nephew, Hudson Albanese, and his mother, Paula, on the young man’s first visit to Paris. 

On Monday morning they had stopped by the plaza outside the cathedral and snapped happy photos on a sunny day. 

And then they decided not to go inside just yet. They would wait until another day, later in the trip. 

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