20 September, 2006

Montmartre et Montparnasse

<--- Perhaps I will start spelling it like this

MONTMARTRE...The Sacred Heart Basilica

The Basilique du Sacre Coeur is situated on top of the Butte de Montmartre (Montmartre Hill). The view from the top is known as the best panoramic view of Paris. It was pretty amazing but my pictures didn't come out that well...they look kind of cloudy so here is a different view, not so panoramic but nice nonetheless.

On my way up the eight million flights of stairs to the basilica there was this mexican man singing and dancing with his guitar. It was kind of funny because I am in France but surrounded by American and British music. It is everywhere. At Chupette's apartment the music is almost always in English, the same for stores etc. So this guy on the stairs starts out with Stand By Me, then Let it Be, and then a rousing version of La Bamba! It was really funny because he had a thick accent and so when he sang Mother it came out Mudda. But he was having so much fun it was great.

The Latin Quarter

The Latin Quarter is in south central Paris and is by far my favorite. The streets are not quite as crowded as downtown Paris and everything is a little quieter. It's the artsy quaint part of town.

Saint Etienne...

The Pantheon...the crypt here is home to some famous people like Voltaire, Victor Hugo, and Emile Zola

I am kind of partial to the Latin Quarter also because as I was getting ready to head back for the evening I passed a little chapel that had signs for a piano recital featuring all Chopin waltzes/polonaises/nocturnes. These are my favorite piano pieces so I was pretty excited but apprehensive because it was like $30 and I know I don't have to tell any of you how cheap I am :) But I bucked up and went anyway. It was really cool, but even coolerl because I know the pieces really really well and he messed up a few times :) It's ok, i can't even play in front of people so I'm not really one to nitpick.
The chapel...
whoops, someone didn't clean the piano


Anonymous mom said...

Love your scrapbook. BTW - we're partial to the two nn version...

2:44 PM  
Anonymous mom said...

oops, I didn't see the two nns, I guess it's the i we're partial to.... miss you!!

10:50 PM  

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