Friday, 29 June 2012

Sacré Surprises

A few weeks ago I was at Dreyfus, an enormous fabric shop at the bottom of the main stairs that lead up to the Sacré Cœur. I was looking for some tapestry canvas for my mum and had worked my way up, floor by floor, until I was in the luxury furniture fabric section on the fifth floor. As I was casting my eyes around the massive bolts of fabric I looked out of the window and saw this.

A view of the Sacré Cœur one doesn't usually get! Usually you need to be far away to see the whole mass of the Sacré Cœur with all its' domes, towers and turrets. 

Here is a photo I took from the Pompidou centre. 

Sunday two weeks ago, we were up by the Sacré Cœur and by chance we stumbled upon a small kermesse (fete/jumble sale) in the gardens of the Église St Pierre de Montmartre, the much older but the lesser known church at the haunches of the Sacré Cœur. These gardens are usually closed to the public so I was excited to be able to go inside and get some new - to me - views fo the Sacré Cœur. 

I'm always on the look out for these unexpected or unusual views of the church. Last week we were walking home from a Capoeira festival in the eastern part of the 18th. We took a wrong turn down a cul-de-sac but were recompensed by getting this view (well I was, the kids were less impressed!).

Here is a view from the 19th arrondissement.

Here is a tiny peek of the dome, as seen from the 10th.

And then zooming back in again, I can offer you this. Dome and chimneys.

Dome and heart.

From the gardens of the Église St Pierre de Montmartre I noticed the Sacré Cœur still seems to be for sale. You can just see the barcode at the bottom righthand side of the door. I think, however, it might be a little large for our family of four.

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