"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln

Posted on July 26, 2016 by Sioux under General
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I got back onto the tour bus and drove around for a while, just taking in the sights of the city.

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My next stop was the famed Moulin Rouge, where I stopped in to have a drink, cause I could, and then walked up a long, steep hill to Basilique du Sacre-Coeur, a church set high up on the Montmarte hillside. Crossing over the bridge that traverses the Montmarte Cemetery, I was struck by the fact that there is so very little space between each gravestone; and the fact that each grave had more of a small mausoleum rather than just a headstone. The pathways between the graves were very narrow, it made the place look like a miniature skyscraper city.

I was yet again amazed at the amount of traffic circles

adorned with fountains; and the many statue

monuments erected to remember famous people.

 

The architecture of the old buildings is so beautiful. So much history.

As in the UK, the canals of France are still used by smaller vessels, some as permanent homes, others for holiday makers

Sacre-Coeur is a sacred site where druids were thought                                                                                                                      to have worshipped. The sanctuary, built between 1875 and 1914, is one of                                                                                                                       Frances’ most visited monuments, and shares more of a resemblance with the                                                                                                                     Taj Mahal than its neighbour, Notre Dame. ‘Sacré-Cœur’ means ‘Sacred-Heart’ in English and is a reference to the heart of Jesus. The project to build the basilica was based on a National Vow, made to build a church if Paris escaped untouched from the war with the Prussian army in 1870-1871. The cream coloured look of the building is due to the stone used, which came from the Château-Landon quarries. In wet weather, the calcite contained in the stone acts like a bleacher and gives the church a milky white appearance.

There was a street market happening just in front of Sacre-Coeur and there were crowds of people, and a good many of charlatan marketers trying to flog their wares, as well as young shoppers emptying Mama’s purse!

A fabulous view over the city from  Sacre-Coeur however, the Eiffel Tower was not visible from there. A walk back down the hill as it was time to head for the bus and back to my hotel.

A great day out in Paris, next I head for Munich.

 

One response to “Paris – the final”

  1. Pauline Smith says:

    You have some awesome photos there, Girl and the history is so fascinating. Looking at the kid taking his Mother’s money – she looks like she came out from the 2nd WW. Looking forward to more reading…

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