Duluth East Travel Club Visited Notre Dame on Friday

Updated: April 16, 2019 08:55 PM

Students and teachers from Duluth East wrapped up their 2019 Travel Club trip in Paris. They saw the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and of course, Notre Dame.

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"My favorite part is the rose windows. The huge, stained glass, it's just gorgeous," shared Bill Garnett, a math teacher. He and his wife accompanied the group.

Students like Jimmy Rolfe and Jack Hilken were impressed too. "It's easily in my top 5 of things we saw during the trip, and we saw so many things," Hilken said. He's a sophomore. Rolfe, a junior, added, "I really liked the big main hall. The vaulted ceilings. And the stained glass is really cool."

All were shocked on Monday afternoon to hear of the fire destroying the cathedral. "I couldn't believe we were just there. And now this icon of France was being destroyed." Those were Garnett's immediate thoughts the moments after he learned of the fire.

Many of the students communicated on a group text that formed during the trip. They were expressing disbelief and sadness. "I hope they can restore it as much as possible," Hilken shared.

"We were lucky to see it," Rolfe said. His younger brother was also on the trip.

They were cheered to hear that some of the priceless artifacts and the organ were not ruined. Garnett was also glad to hear business people were already pledging financial support for the re-build.

Garnett, who first saw the cathedral on his honeymoon, added, "I hope they can get it cleaned up, and people can still visit what is there. And there can be some hope for the future of what they're going to make it into it."


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