Part of the inside, and fine attention to detail, of Notre-Dame Cathedral. (Gen Acton - photo)

Okanagan woman recalls trip to ‘breathtaking’ Notre-Dame

Lumby couple visited legendary world landmark in February; cathedral damaged in Monday fire

Breathtaking.

It’s a word Lumby’s Gen Acton used three times, in a 10-minute interview with a reporter, talking about her and her husband Kevin’s visit to the world-renowned, 850-year-old Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, devastated in parts Monday by a massive blaze.

The Actons visited the world-famous cathedral on a European vacation in February.

See: VIDEO: Massive fire engulfs beloved Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

“It is so larger than life,” said Gen of Notre-Dame. “We did a bus tour and we walked around the entire cathedral inside. We were in there for a couple of hours.”

Calling the architecture of the centuries-old church “fabulous,” Gen’s breath was taken away by the attention to detail as the story of Christ from birth to crucifixion is depicted inside the cathedral.

“The way the church has been maintained, how beautifully it’s been taken care of is amazing,” said Gen, a Lumby representative on the Vernon School District’s board of trustees. “I have a picture of Kevin (Lumby mayor) outside the cathedral beside one of the massive statues. You are struck by the sheer size of everything.”

Speaking of pictures, Gen said she didn’t realize until later how many photos she took at the landmark.

“I’ve never taken that many pictures inside a church before,” she said. “I was snapping everything.”

Gen called Notre-Dame “a living church.”

“People were there lighting candles, going there to pray, going there to connect,” she said.

Gen was at work Monday when she got word of the fire.

See: ‘800 years of history crumble before my eyes’ B.C. woman recounts Notre Dame fire

“It was tragic news,” she said. “Notre-Dame doesn’t have the same global appeal as the Eiffel Tower, but it’s truly one of the great wonders of the world. It was very grounding. It was just such a wonderful piece of architecture, and people still find comfort there.”

French President Emmanuel Macron, in an address to the country, promised to rebuild the cathedral.



roger@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

A small scale model of Notre-Dame inside the cathedral. (Gen Acton - photo)

Inside historic Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, parts of which were destroyed by a fire Monday in Paris. (Gen Acton - photo)

Kevin Acton of Lumby outside the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris in February. The historic 850-year-old church suffered significant damage in a fire Monday. (Gen Acton - photo)

Just Posted

Firefighter spring training comes to Lake Country

From LNG to breaking down doors, firefighters get training from industry pros

Okanagan FC kicks off regular season Saturday night

OKFC starts their inaugural season of the Pacific Coast Soccer League (PCSL) in Penticton

Lake Country joins celebration of local government professionals

The district joined communities across the province by planting a new tree

Kootnekoff: Nervous about random drug testing?

Are you an employer with workers performing safety sensitive activities, but without… Continue reading

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: Severe thunderstorm watch

Environment Canada forecasts thunder, cloud and rain for one more day

Firefighter spring training comes to Lake Country

From LNG to breaking down doors, firefighters get training from industry pros

Raptors beat Bucks 100-94 to advance to franchise’s first-ever NBA Finals

Leonard has 27 points, 17 boards to lead Toronto past Milwaukee

Third person charged in death of B.C. teen Bhavkiran Dhesi

Inderdeep Kaur Deo facing charge of accessory after the fact to murder

Missing Shuswap teen found safe

The teen was found by searchers at 4:30 a.m. on May 25

More than just a playground: Penticton’s Busy Beans Play Café to help parents and children

Owners Kim Wade and Tracey Wiseman want to use their expertise to help struggling families

Kamloops girl, 9, recovering from carbon monoxide poisoning now out of ICU

Her mother who was sleeping in the same tent with her did not survive

Highway 1 closed east of Revelstoke

Highway 1 is closed east of Revelstoke near Canyon Hot Springs due… Continue reading

‘I think he’s still alive’: B.C. mom pleads for help finding son last seen a month ago

Family offering $5,000 reward for information leading to the safe return of Tim Delahaye

Okanagan woman celebrates 101 years young on the back of a Harley Davidson

Last Saturday Violet Madeline celebrated 101 years. A member of the Lower… Continue reading

Most Read