Cruel winds

January 02, 2000

NATURE'S tyranny is not reserved for the underdeveloped world. The successive storms that ravaged Europe trashed some of the noblest monuments of human creation.

Gothic stained glass windows, roofs of great cathedrals, windows of palaces and thousands of trees were victim to the winds.

If anywhere had seemed safe from the ravages of nature, the streets of Paris did. Not so. Some of the medieval craftsmanship can never be restored. The trees can, but to replace the grandeur of some would take centuries.

Most of Europe's destruction the past century was wrought by Europeans. They were not, it turns out, alone.

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