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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.

SACRE COEUR

Date: 10th May 2011

SACRE COEUR AND MONTMARTRE

We were fortunate to arrive at the top of the Fenicular to hear the strains of Rodriguez's Concerto di Aranjuez (if I've spelled it correctly) played on a Paraguayan Harp. We sat and listened for quite a time. And yes we did buy the Cd's. The harp and guitar are my favourite instruments and the playing was wonderfully enjoyable.

At only 150 years of age, Sacre Coeur is a very modern Cathedral. It is impressively situated at the very top of the hill and can be seen dominating the Paris skyline. It's stained glass is modern and to my eyes unimpressive but the Mosaics are incredibly beautiful. I don't know whether it was because there was a service in progress, but no photos were allowed. Fortunately I'd brought along the binoculars and was able to appreciate the intricate and painstaking tableaux represented in mosaic. Of course the most impressive was the massive dome above the altar - Christ in all his glory. Despite the service, the public were allowed to circulate in the ambulatory around the nave and on the walls closest to the nave there were very beautiful depictions in mosaic of the stations of the cross. My old catholic schooling came to the fore and I lit a candle with a little prayer that my proposed documentary on Rene Mouchotte might come to fruition.

SACRE COEUR

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