Sunday, December 29, 2013
Christmas Light: Montmartre and Grand Magasins
Soon we were a stop away from the end of the route at Porte de Montmartre; we hopped off the bus and crossed the street to ride the bus back to the Cimetiere. There we got off and walked a short distance along Rue Caulaincourt until we reached Rue Lepic and headed up the steep road to our destination for this afternoon.
From there we walked across the street to the very old and small church that has survived under the shadows of the famous and massive towers of Sacre Coeur know as Paroisse Saint-Pierre de Montmartre. Founded on a Roman Temple around 400 AD. Built to almost it's present size in 1093 and rebuilt in the 16th and 17th centuries. Gothic style from the middle ages, it is rather plain but beautiful in its simplicity. They had a very old and beautiful nativity scene. It was 5:15 pm so we decided to return for the six oclock Mass.
Soon it was six o'clock and we walked the short distance back to Saint-Pierre for the Mass. A beautiful Mass with lovely organ music, well attended but not crowded. We'd planned to attend the 6:45 pm Mass at St. Suplice today but this was a nice change; our first time to attend Mass at this beautiful church.
We enjoyed our evening and by nine o'clock we were back out the door without umbrellas....we'd hardly used them today and it was definitely dry now...and walked back to the stop for bus #95. We had to wait half an hour as the buses are not as frequent after nine pm. We stayed on the bus until just past the Opera House and got off at Blvd. Haussmann to take photos of the windows of the Grand Magasins: Printemps and Galeries Lafayette. I was wrong in that there were still many children viewing the windows even though it was after ten o'clock at night! But, the crowds were thinner and Jim waited patiently for me at each of the many windows as I took multiple photos and a few videos of the animated ones. He could keep track of me with my red hat, he said!
We were there nearly an hour and then found the Metro Station. One change and we were home just before midnight. A long day filled with lots of twinkling lights....I hope you enjoy the slideshow and that Google+ continues to add twinkle and snow effects for you!