“He therefore turned to mankind only with regret. His cathedral was enough for him. It was peopled with marble figures of kings, saints and bishops who at least did not laugh in his face and looked at him with only tranquillity and benevolence. The other statues, those of monsters and demons, had no hatred for him – he resembled them too closely for that. It was rather the rest of mankind that they jeered at. The saints were his friends and blessed him; the monsters were his friends and kept watch over him. He would sometimes spend whole hours crouched before one of the statues in solitary conversation with it. If anyone came upon him then he would run away like a lover surprised during a serenade.” ― Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
Climbing all the way to the top of Notre Dame was completely worth it. Looking out across gargoyles at La Tour Eiffel, Sacre Couer and the setting sun was spectacular. Just when I thought that this city couldn't get any more beautiful, it hits me with this view.