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February 13, 2013

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Paris – A Personal View

by soundlandscapes

I AM DELIGHTED TO present a new piece in my Paris – A Personal View series.

For each piece in the series I invite a guest who lives in or has a close connection to Paris to visit one of their favourite places or a place in the city that has a special meaning for them. With access to a microphone and sound recorder the guest talks about the place and tell us why it’s special to them.

Today my guest is Heather Munro. Heather doesn’t actually live in Paris but she is a regular visitor to the city so much so that she considers Paris to be her second home.

Heather Munro

Heather Munro is a writer, editor and photographer (though not always in that order) who grew up in Great Britain, Mexico and Peru (in exactly that order) before finally settling down in the United States. Whenever she is able, she greatly enjoys travelling and discovering new places and new cultures. But of all the places she’s visited, Paris is still her favourite.

And Heather’s chosen place? The Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris

©Heather Munro at the Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris:

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I am very grateful to Heather for giving up her time and for braving the wind and the rain to visit and talk about the Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris.

You can find out more about Heather here on her website and you can catch up with her blog here.

Courtesy Note:

Unlike other sounds on this blog, the sound piece ‘Heather Munro at the Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris’ is not covered by a Creative Commons license. The copyright for this piece rests jointly and exclusively with Heather Munro and Des Coulam.  It follows therefore that the downloading of this piece for any purpose is not permitted without the express permission of both Heather and Des. We have no wish to spoil your enjoyment of this piece but simply ask you to respect that the work is ours. The copyright for the pictures rests exclusively with Heather Munro. Thanks for understanding.

11 Comments Post a comment
  1. So happy you were able to meet Heather and record her thoughts about Paris. Thanks for sharing such an intimate and thoughtful recording!

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    • Feb 14 2013

      Thanks Corey. Heather was brilliant. She spoke fluently, off the cuff without notes whilst the whole time battling the wind and the rain. That’s something that even the most experienced broadcasters find difficult to do. I found her love of this place infectious.

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  2. hmunro
    Feb 14 2013

    An *enormous* thank you, Des, for inviting me to collaborate with you on this piece. Meeting you was among the biggest highlights of this trip — and any of my other trips to Paris, for that matter! I’m not exaggerating when I say that you’ve introduced me to a whole new way to explore and experience my favorite city. I very much look forward to seeing you again there soon. Cheers, and thanks again!

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    • Feb 14 2013

      And thank YOU for agreeing to record this piece. Your love of Notre Dame shone through despite the beastly weather. I hope that all your friends and everyone else who listens to this piece will be as inspired as I was by your infectious enthusiasm and genuine love of this wonderful city. We didn’t manage to do a complete soundwalk though (a long French lunch I seem to remember – keeping out of the rain of course) so we’ll save that for next time.

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      • hmunro
        Feb 14 2013

        I wouldn’t trade our long French lunch for anything, Des (thank you, again)! And now I have a complete, full-length soundwalk to look forward to for my next visit. Sounds like a “win-win” situation to me!

        One thing I meant to comment on earlier: I absolutely *adored* the segment we recorded in the café. It’s so full of atmospheric background noises — none of which I heard when I was actually there, of course. I found this a wonderful little metaphor for the importance of what you’re doing as you document Paris’ auditory landscape. It’s so rich, and deep, and so truly unique; and it makes me very happy to think that others will be able to enjoy it for decades (perhaps centuries?) to come.

  3. Feb 14 2013

    This has got to be one of the most wonderful posts that I’ve seen from you so far! Very well put together and yes, a very unique and intimate interview! I had the opportunity to visit Notre Dame during my 2009 visit to Paris. However, I was only inside for a short time to witness one of the masses. I never knew that one could go to the top of the cathedral, I thought that access to the top would be restricted. Nonetheless, I love the Notre Dame and its stunning architecture! I know that even as times change, the Notre Dame will continue to be a staple of Paris for many more years to come!

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    • Feb 14 2013

      Thank you. I’m so pleased you enjoyed listening to Heather speaking so passionately about Notre Dame. It certainly is a special place and it’s well worth visiting time and time again.

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      • Feb 14 2013

        You’re welcome! And yes! Notre Dame is definitely worth visiting again. It will most certainly be a stop on my next Parisian journey!

  4. Feb 15 2013

    Oh damn, she made ME choke up when she choked up!! *sniff*

    I hope the thing about the marker is true.🙂

    Heather really made me appreciate Notre Dame more completely, too. So many great points she raised about the connection of the cathedral to humanity and history.

    That was cool. Thank you, Des and Heather.

    Karin

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  5. Feb 17 2013

    An insightful post. Thanks to you both for sharing.

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