June 13: Paris Opera House, Moulin Rouge, Sacred Heart, and Montmartre

What a smattering of places we visited today.  It started with breakfast across from the Paris Opera House, which was elegant and lovely.  From there, we headed to Moulin Rouge, the Basilica of Sacred Heart and then Montmartre.  

Such diverse places.  From the elegance of the Paris Opera house, to the garishness of Moulin Rouge, to the sacred and somber of the Basilica de Sacre Coeur, and then to the creative and artistic Montmartre artist area - we enjoyed it all!  Here are a few pictures and a video.

As you entered the Basilica, there were lots of signs that said 'silence' and 'no photos'.  We figured that so weren't surprised.  However, when we got inside and started walking, we were both amazed at the number of families that were taking lots of pictures.  They were also talking really loudly and their kids were running around.  It felt so disrespectful.

I really wanted to savor the richness and solemnity of the basilica.  The beauty is wonderful, and it is so much to take in visually.  I had to remind myself that this place draws believer and unbeliever alike.  So much grace is to be given, as I am also much in need of grace before God.  

"Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.  For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.  To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who issufficient for these things?  For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ."

A warm smile and understanding spirit is a better representation of Christ to others.  After I remembered this, I enjoyed, really enjoyed, seeing the beauty of the Basilica of Sacred Heart.  

Once we finished with that, we wandered around Montmartre.  It is a hill in Paris that has steep sides.  the Basilica sits on top, and then there are beautiful homes, quaint shops and even the Museum of Montmartre.  It was peaceful, and fun - almost whimsical.  

No doubt my change of perspective helped me to feel this peace and fun.  Amazing how our state of mind can color how we see the world.  It can transform our perspective to allow us to see with grace.  I felt that today, and it blessed me!

I love my life, and am grateful for every day!