Despite me having views on religion which make Richard Dawkins look like the Pope, I couldn’t help but be completely blown away by the beauty of Notre Dame cathedral during our recent trip to Paris. This year is the 850th anniversary of the beginning of its construction and it is almost unbelievable to think that a building this magnificent was constructed so long ago without the aid of modern materials, methods and machinery. It truly is an awe-inspiring place which no photos or words can truly do justice to – it really must be experienced in person. Such a pity it was all wasted on religion! Oops!