Paris, France. View from the bell tower of Notre Dame de Paris Church. 

With 2013 fast approaching and all of this talk about reflections, resolutions, and rebirths, we thought our photo of the week should be equally as pensive.  There is so much hype surrounding New Year’s, and most of it is ridiculous, but there is nothing people love more than the promise of a fresh start. Whether 2012 was all you hoped it would be or whether it was one train wreck after another, tonight it all fades into the past. We proclaim that tomorrow we get to try again. And although the new year usually resembles the last, it’s as close to a blank slate as we’re going to get.

Our photo of the week is of one of the famous gargoyles and chimeras atop Notre Dame de Paris, overlooking the city’s beige and grey rooftops on a cold winter morning. This little guy, named Le Stryge, is known for his pensive stare and his charming omniscience and he’s been at his post since 1345, the year the cathedral was completed. Myth has it the gargoyles watch over the city of light and keep it safe. They were originally made of coloured material, but now their washed-out grey stone matches the rooftops they guard. In truth, they were placed there as supports for water pipes and columns – but the myth makes for a better story.  After waiting in line and climbing 387 steps to the top of the bell tower, this view was well worth it. Walking the balcony and attending a mass at Notre Dame is a must, even if you are the world’s greatest atheist.

So with that, The Cafe Phenomenon wishes you a Happy New Year and an even happier 2013. May you look onwards, as Le Stryge does, with wide eyes and a little more wisdom in your hearts.

Photo and write-up by Sophia Loffreda. 

Twitter: @sloffreda


About Sophia Loffreda

Sophia Loffreda is a Concordia Journalism graduate, based in Montreal. When she’s not writing or editing for TCP, she works at a Media company, and as a fitness trainer and freelance documentary filmmaker. A self-diagnosed television junkie, Sophia enjoys camera work, photography, layout design, and scriptwriting. She's also working on writing a sitcom with two of her closest and most sarcastic friends. One day they hope to be something like Shonda Rhimes or Tina Fey. Realistic, we know. For now, she’ll settle for reading her bible (Vanity Fair) and admiring genius (Woody Allen). Her other interests include art, pop culture, travel, cooking, reading, soccer, yoga, and running with her four-year-old dog, Charlie.

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