Our advance team advised us to catch the sparkle, and we are so glad we did! The sparkle is from the extra bluish lights; the golden lights are the standard lighting.
The grass where we lounged the other day has been fenced off—we assume for a recovery period after the summer crowds. However, the front two sections had been…accessed, so we did sit on the grass again, the better for upward gazing.
After our first visit to Montmartre, this is the church we look for to actually enter, the Église Saint-Pierre de Montmartre, the little church.
Okay, since you probably associate Montmartre with a different Catholic architectural wonder, here’s the big place (the basilica).
The other large building up here is ignored by most, skirted, and otherwise overlooked. Of course, it’s designed to disappear into the landscape, which is quite a feat considering its bulk and proximity to the two churches. It is the Réservoir du Montmartre—yes, a hilltop water storage facility.
If you’re wondering, we came up streets and steps from the northeast, and came down the “front.” Didn’t see Amélie.