The miniature Sacré-Cœur inside the Sacré-Cœur

A world within a world…

La Vie Mini

Cuz I have a thing for tiny things inside bigger things…

You might remember that I once wrote about a miniature café inside a café in Paris. Well, I found another unexpected tiny treasure while taking my French sisters-in-law on some sight-seeing adventures this week. The girls, 15-year old twins, had never been to the Montmartre neighborhood of Paris, despite growing up only an hour and a half outside the city. So I decided to change that.

A view of Montmartre, with the Sacré-Coeur Basilica at the top

Montmartre has a history steeped in art and culture. In the start of the 20th century, artists like Salvador Dali, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent van Gogh had studios or worked in the area. The iconic Sacré-Cœur, sitting at the highest point in Paris, is a cultural and political landmark whose construction lasted from 1875 to 1914. Tourists inevitably pack the stairs leading up to it…

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