France & Scotland 2001

Sacre-Coeur

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Sacré-Coeur (Sacred Heart)

The cathedral of Sacré-Coeur. It translates to “sacred heart”. Apparently it's very un-Parisian, and the townies don't care much for it.

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Gargoyles!

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Sacré-Coeur (Sacred Heart)

In keeping with tradition of French cathedrals, Sacré-Coeur has gargoyles along the edges. I thought they were very cool.

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Buddy Christ?

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Sacré-Coeur (Sacred Heart)

Look! It's Buddy Christ!

I know, I'm going to hell. Well, I've been to the doors of it at least.

The entire inscription below the statue of Christ reads “The most sacred heart of Jesus”. See four years of Latin in high school did do me some good.

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The Whole Cathedral

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Sacré-Coeur (Sacred Heart)

It would seem that the Paris Tourism Authority (or whatever it's called) had the wonderful idea of puttin souvenier coin machines at all the tourist traps … including the churches. It was a damn tacky sight, I tell ya. But the rest of the inside was cool.

The view from the top of the hill was amazing. You could see a good bit of Paris. Between the position of the sun and the fixed-height buildings, I didn't take a picture.

There's two huge staircases zig-zagging down the hill beginning at the cathedral, with a series of lawns between. There was also a trolley going up and down the hill along the far left for whomever may need it. (We walked.)

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The Silent Actor

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Sacré-Coeur (Sacred Heart)

The one and only mime we saw in the whole of Paris, on top of a staircase railing pedestal. I had completely forgotten all France's association with them until then.

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