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Published: November 14th 2006
The River Seine
near the Louvre
The Basilique du Sacre Coeur (Basilica of the Sacred Heart) is located at the summit of the Montmartre butte - the only hill in Paris, and the highest point in the city. Paris is a flat city - no hills except this one. From the top you look out over the city and it's amazing.
The actual church is amazing too - breathtakingly beautiful on the inside (again no photos unfortunately). Not being Catholic, it is still an awesome experince walking into the place. You really feel a sense of peace - I still believe that no matter what religion you belong to, if any, when you walk into a place of worship, there is a serenity...
That evening we went to see the Eiffel Tower - the Parisian icon you simply cannot go to France and not see. And what a spectacular sight!!! The Eiffel Tower was built for the International Exhibition of Paris in 1889 marking the centennial celebration of the French Revolution. It was built as a temporary structure, but due to its popularity, it still remains standing today. It stands 300m tall and you have to take an elevator to the top.
The Sacre Coeur
The steps leading up to the church have become a meeting point, there is a carnival like atmosphere... There are people creating music on their percussion instruments, there are young lovers picnicking on wine and cheese, there are tourists admiring the view... It is quite a cultural congregation
from the top is awesome too. Unfortunately it started raining when Foo and I were up there, so visibility was reduced, but still you could see for miles...
What an amazing last night in the city of love...
Next stop... Lauterbrunnen, Swirzerland
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