Flames engulf the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15. (Ian Langsdon/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)
April 16 at 10:51 AM
Just before Notre Dame Cathedral was ablaze, the streets of Paris were filled with sightseers. Among them was Brooke Windsor, an American tourist with an eye for photography.
The 23-year-old from Michigan captured a picture-perfect moment between a man and a child, who she presumed were a father and his daughter. The scene showed the man and the toddler spinning in circles, wearing smiles, against the backdrop of the glorious cathedral and its no-longer-existing spire.
“I almost went up to the dad and asked if he wanted it. Now I wish I had,” Windsor tweeted Monday night alongside the heartwarming image. “Twitter if you have any magic, help him find this.”
The post has since gone viral, and Windsor has found herself leading an international Internet search to find the duo.
Windsor took the photo Monday at 5:57 p.m. local time. She was standing with friends outside the Louvre an hour later and saw plumes of smoke rising from the historic cathedral. Soon after, the structure was engulfed in flames.
“We watched in shock and heartbreak with the rest of Paris,” Windsor told BBC. As of Tuesday morning, she had not found the father-daughter duo, though she remains “hopeful” that the call to action on Twitter will succeed.
By Tuesday morning, the post had been shared and liked hundreds of thousands of times.
“If it were me, I’d want the memory. Hoping he feels the same way,” Windsor said.