Saturday, April 14, 2007

Yes, it's a classic!


OK, yes, I know, it's Le Sacré Coeur, it's a classic that you can find on any postcard and I showed it several times (here, here, here and here...) Stop complaining, I never showed it from that close, and never on such a clear day! So here it is, the Sacred Heart basilica, located on the top of the butte Montmartre, the second highest point in Paris. It was decided to build it around 1870 and the first stones were laid in 1875. It's a must see when you visit Paris, not only because it's very very impressive, but also because the surroundings are worth a visit. Of course at this time of the year (Easter break) the place is pretty crowded but it's still better (less worse) that in summer! Have a great week end everyone.

35 comments:

  1. True you have shown it before, but it is still impressive as always.

    What were you doing there Lord Eric.

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  2. The steps, the many, many steps to the top. You did not mention the steps. Only after I was half way there did I notice the tram off to the side. Why, why, why did I not see the tram before. But it was all worth it. On such a clear day the view must be far and wide. I had clouds and rain. Still worth it!

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  3. Clo, I actually went there to... take pictures for PDP. I must confess that I very rarely go to Montmartre because it's too crowded.

    And Jules, believe it or not, this time the tram was out of order. And since I have bad knees there was no way I could climb up all the stairs.

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  4. Who's complaining? :-)

    What, it took them 5 years to lay down the first stone? Pfff... there must have been a general strike or something, uh? ;)

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  5. Very funny tomate. Doubt there were strikes during that period. Maybe you remember. How old did you say you are?

    Eric, sorry you have bad knees. Still the picture was worth going there. Thank you for taking time to do that for us.

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  6. By the way I love Montmartre because it is crowded. I also love it because of its hills.

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  7. Yes, I was secretly complaining, having a view from a special street that I think has the most thrilling view of Sacre Coeur with lots of contrasts, then, voila, there it WAS on your second "here". I was thrilled. You REALLY traverse those streets, Eric. I appreciate more and more what you do and how you do it.
    I invite others to check out his other photos of Sacre Coeur, to see how they feel.

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  8. How could anyone complain about such a wonderful image?! That blue sky is so perfect, it reminds me of the days I spent in Paris last year... how I miss it! I even remember bunches of people having snaks and sandwiches on the stairs, some of them must have been on their lunch break. I have to say I had the best hot dog ever in the surroundings of Montmartre!
    There were also some young boys dressed like american rappers do, singing this kind of music. It took us a while to realise they were actually french.

    Montmartre for me is like a jewel, a precious pearl carved on the butte.
    Being there, seeing it.. it's priceless.

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  9. Such a magnificent edifice! We never miss a chance to go there and take in the beauty of the Sacre Coeur.

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  10. No-one is complaining or whining. How could we? It's a beautiful building with a breathtaking view. I'm all for 'typical touist" locations!

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  11. PS Don't mean to be impertinent, but I was surprised to notice that you don't have the new "system" for bloggers that lists everyone geographically and changes automatically. It's pretty nifty. Try it, you'll like it!

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  12. Oh, Eric....big sigh. Reminds me I was in Paris at Easter 2005. And in April/May a young woman's mind often turns to Paris!

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  13. Eric, Discovered your blog from Nikon who left a message on Through the Lenses. Your photos show the magic sides of Paris. Never been to Paris, now after reading through your posts, I wanna be there at this instant. Cheers!

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  14. Of course it's fine to see it - brings back fond memories

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  15. So gorgeous. So lovely. So French.

    *sigh*

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  16. Eric,
    This photo is beautiful, and so different to many I have seen before, The angle makes it great, with the vertical perpective, and it is wonderful to see your weather is looking better, now Spring has Sprung.

    I wish to invite you to visit Adeaide Daily Photo today for a little Australian history; something you will have never seen before.

    Et, naturellement, tous nos bons amis, aussi ! ! !

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  17. I don't know who in the world would be tired of a view of this beautiful basilique! I think I have said here before how this is my favorite church in Paris and I still remember my first visit and it certainly wasn't as beautiful a day as you have had here Eric!!

    Isn't there a side street one can walk up from the Abbesses Metro stop that isn't as hard on the knees...or legs? I think I have only taken the Funiculaireon two or three occasions.

    So, April in Paris has been warm this year?! Ohhhh...I wish I was there...I have been there for many an Easter in Paris, and of course the ParisMarathonbut not this year..the Euro is way too strong, the dollar weak..and I don't have the free schedule I once had. The last time was 2005...and of course I didn't even attempt to run the course!! LOL!! Bon Voyage to all the PDP'ers that will experience April in Paris!! Savor it!!

    Maybe we could arrange a little "group trip" from the US to Paris for a PDP "Convention"...what do you think...tomate???

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  18. Ah, Sacre Coeur. This is a very pretty photo. Like the Tour Eiffel, how can we have too much of a beautiful thing?

    I just returned from a business trip and haven't checked PDP for a few days. The party on April 27!! Wheee! I'll be there. I'm sure the weather will be lovely. I won't have a computer available this time, so I'll check in by other means. I suppose there's an internet cafe, too.

    A bientot, belle Paris.

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  19. you absolutely must follow up with a shot of the basilique saint denis :-) after all.....

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  20. Great photo as ever, Eric. Wonder what Clo thought you were there for ? ;) I too am sorry about the knees. I have noticed going up and down the stairs that i'm starting to creak too. It shows our age, Eric, but we shall battle it to the last! Laugh in the face of age, i say. We appreciate the effort you always put in for us.

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  21. This shot gives a good idea of what the weather is like here right now. Hot even!

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  22. Hot here too Michael. Have a great weekend you! Have a wonderful weekend too Eric in the sunshine; hope you're not working this weekend?

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  23. Lynn. I thought that he was there to cover an event and then took the picture. I believe Eric has said that he usually tkes pictures on his way to somekind of functions.

    At least I seem to think he said so, but mabe I am wrong.

    And stop being so nice to him you know what it does to my blood sugar.

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  24. Absolutely breathtaking! Wish it were nice and clear here. We've got a cold rainy spell going on!

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  25. Okay Clo, calme toi.(hi Eric xx ssshhh ! lol)

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  26. My favorite church in Paris! All I can say is ahhhh!

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  27. Wonderful photo Eric! I never tire of classic Parisian scenes.

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  28. Ah... Montmartre, Paques 1974, Michelle...

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  29. Thank you for sharing this lovely site. The skies were gray and cold the last time I wass blessed to see it in person.

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  30. I love this view, so you can post it as many times as you like!

    I took this shot when I was 9 years old with my first 6x6 camera on black and white film, and as you can see the memory is still with me!

    Cheers!

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  31. I stayed at Villier when I was in Paris two years ago. I didn't go to Montmartre because it was too crowded. I went to less touristy places instead.

    Now I wish I hadn't skip it. Next time I will go.

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  32. Everyday I can have a glimpse to her. Yes she is a lady! It's a real delight.

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