Gravestones and celebrations

A couple of days ago we went to the Sacre Coeur as we’d heard is was a lovely place to sit and people watch.  On the very very busy Metro there my arm was crushed to the point of pain and then I realised that someone was attempting to steal my watch! I shouted out and snatched my arm away non the worse for wear but it did shake me up. I had become a little blasé about the Metro so it was a real wake up call.

Anyway, once we managed to struggle through the crowds and tacky souvenir shops we reached the church which was, I have to admit, pretty impressive …

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But I was disappointed to see Romanian beggars in the doorways.  Sadly no photography was allowed inside but it was beautiful.

Yesterday was surprisingly fun. We decided to head off to the famous cemetery where Chopin is buried (I can’t remember what it’s called! ).

I love French cemeteries and this one had some outstanding examples of grandiose. 

Oscar Wilde of course trumped the lot with his fabulous art deco monument.

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Sadly his popularity meant that there was plenty of graffiti albeit meant in adoration.

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Edith Piaf’s grave was surprisingly modest.

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But Chopin’s was very attractive.

It is a huge cemetery and we’ll worth a visit in my opinion.

Afterwards we decided to continue on to the Champs Elysee for a bit of shopping.  It was manic but we had a bonus treat of a very grand procession to witness.

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This all being part of the Bastille celebrations.

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We also spotted the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition but alas I couldn’t drag Kevin inside!

So, today is Bastille day and seeing as that’s where we’ve moored we headed up to the monument to see what was going on.  After all the low flying aeroplanes of this morning there were great expectations.  Sadly only a few fire engines and a couple of army trucks were spared  . .. The rest being on the Champs Elysee.   But I did see a great punk!

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