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.
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, even on a chilly, overcast day in February (pro tip: don’t go to Paris in February).
The twins, still grumbling slightly about the amount of stairs they just had to climb, sat in the back pews on their smartphones while I began my solo tour of the interior of the church.
I soon ran into the only modern, non-religious item there: an awesome miniature replica of the Sacré-Coeur.
I called the girls over and they decided it was the coolest part of the church. Sight-seeing success! woo hoo 🙂
P.S. Do you know of any other tiny things inside their bigger counterparts? Let me know – firstname.lastname@example.org