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    Posted September 28, 2012 by
    Paris, France
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    A Sacred Place Indeed


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     patticarol told me, 'This was such an exciting trip for my daughter and I. It felt magical to be in such a beautiful, historical place. We were both in awe of the scale and size of the Basilica sitting up on this hill. The stone used really makes it stand out against the sky. For both my daughter and I visiting this church was the highlight of our trip.' Her ninth image was featured as CNN's Travel Photo of the Day for November 17, 2014.
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    My daughter and I just returned from Paris. I gave her this trip as a college graduation present. I love Paris and especially loved experiencing it again thru her eyes.

    A first for both of us was visiting Sacre'-Coeur Basilica (Sacred Heart). We loved it so much, we had to visit it again the night before we left. This church is so beautiful. It truly leaves you speechless. The forward, interior, domed ceiling at the front altar is filled with the most beautiful, colorful mosaic. We remember the colors as brilliant, golds, yellows and blues. I don't have any photos of the interior. As we entered the church, a very sweet man greeting us told me, as he pointed at my not so subtle camera "NO PHOTOS ON THE INSIDE". I abided by the rule. My daughter and I have our memories though of the interior of this spectacular church.

    On our first visit we walked the 250 or so steps up to the dome of the Basilica. This walk takes you up a narrow, spiraled staircase and then you walk along the perimeter of the outside of the building before heading back inside to another narrow, spiral staircase to walk the final steps to the dome. From the dome you have a 360 degree view of Paris from high above the city. The day we walked to the top, the sun was shining, the weather perfect although very, very windy at the top. We found it unusual that except for two other people we had the view all to ourselves.

    I will never forget my daughter's emotion, the basilica or the view of Paris. Simply amazing.

    Photos taken by Patti Johnston
    September 22 and September 26, 2012
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