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8 September 2016 – Paris

The roads around Sacré-Coeur

Day 2. Walked north to Sacré-Cœur, because PF wanted to see inside before the crowds arrived. The last time we were in Paris (some six years ago) we sat outside on a step reading while a constant pulse of people took nearly 45 minutes to circulate through the building. I wish there had been a crowd today. The vending machines for commemorative religious medallions (2€) induced a great feeling of irreverence, as well as a profound appreciation for the power of the bourgeois virtues (which have their place I’m sure). Also, photography was not permitted inside, which did not amuse me.

Several times on the walk back I almost lost faith in my sense of direction, but I did not lead us (very) far astray – and we needed the walk anyhow.


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