Screen shots from the film Hunchback of Notre Dame: Anthony Quinn as Hunchback (above) and Gina Lollobrigida as Esmeralda (below)
I saw the movie in 1970, though the movie was produced in 1956. The movie always remained my favourite as Anthony Quinn was one of my favourite actors. I often wondered how the Cathédrale Notre Dame would actually looked like. Well, I had to wait for many decades later till I visited Paris in September 2014 and made it a point to see the Cathédrale Notre Dame.
My son smiles at me for he knew that I have been so anxious to see the building behind him
So it was on the last day in Paris - I drove to the Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris, which was already full of tourists thronging the place - perhaps many like I recalling the movie and comparing it to our memories.
My first daylight glimpse of the Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris
The massive artwork on the facade of the church building
So it was - the Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris and I standing in front of it. I tried to look around and up above the Cathédrale Notre Dame, but could not find any Hunchback nor a lovely Esmeralda dancing around. But then we all have a true heart of a Hunchback when it comes to saving someone - specially someone as beautiful as Esmeralda. Life goes on while memories become skeletons and wither away in the sands forever.
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