Well, it eventually stopped raining. As Belgian Waffle so eloquently puts it 'Let the festival of spinal fluid drinking begin'...or...please god, end! There's something about being house bound with small people that's quite unbearable. Bubbling knots of sinister pent up frustration nestle in the inner most cockles. Ugh. Anyway, the rain stopped and although it was getting dark I suggested taking a walk over to the Sacré Cœur to have a ride on the merry-go-round. The merry-go-round is at the bottom of the stairs in front of the Sacré Cœur. We went up the back way, up Rue Lepic, and then walked down the huge flight of stairs to the round-about. What I hadn't thought about was the fact that the sun was setting. However, I was quick to take note. It was quite spectacular.
Here is what we saw while walking up Rue Lepic. I love the pink glow reflecting off the shutters.
At a certain point you see the Eiffel Tower.
Once we got up to the top of the hill the sky had gone from the vivid pink to a fiery orange. Crowds of people were standing by the wall on Square Nadar, a corner just below the Sacré Cœur where you see the Eiffel Tower. I pushed my way through the crowd and took a few photos. The Tour Montparnasse was reflecting the setting sun.
The Eiffel Tower glowed yellow against the fiery sky.
The sky made a gorgeous tableau.
We started our decent down towards the merry-go-round.
By this time it was dark. The Sacré Cœur looked beautiful as ever. I'd never noticed the shadow of the smaller dome to the side, projected onto the main dome.
The apartments that flank the stairs up to the Sacré Cœur looked lovely as well.
We finally got to the bottom and guess what? The merry-go-round had just shut. ARGH!
I've promised the kids we'll go this afternoon after school.
Edited to say that this evening we made it to the merry-go-round before it closed. Et voila!