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When I think of the Notre Dame, I think of Indiana football and the classic Disney movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Since this is Tableau Your Mind and not Football Your Mind, let's focus on the Disney. This 90s addition to the Disney family, based on a novel by Victor Hugo, is a wonderful and dramatic film, filled with religion and gypsies and repressed sexual desires. The villain, Judge Frollo, is the scariest cartoon character with
the most ridiculous name in the history of Disney villains. His entire story arc is that he desires to both kill and 'have' Esmerelda, a gypsy who plays the tambourine for coinage.
|God Help The Outcasts|
The actual Notre Dame cathedral is austere and beautiful. Apparently at one time is was a place of revelry, with painted pillars and food. Now, it's a bit more reserved. It's really a wonder it's still standing, given the fact that France has been under attack and under different regimes so many times. It's still a really beautiful building. We didn't get to see the gargoyles at the top of the towers (as a fan of the Disney movie as well as the TV show Gargoyles, I was a little disappointed. Still, with the statues and looming God presence, it's difficult not to be impressed.
We're halfway through this vacation, and we're only playing the hits - It's been all awesomeness all the time. Besides our sprained backs and sore feet, we've not bad off, and tomorrow we head to the country, where I can finally act out all the first scenes from Beauty and the Beast.