Postcard Friendship Friday

Here's my entry for this week's PFF over at Marie Reed's Cpaphil Vintage Postcards.

This a drawing of La Basilique du Sacré-Coeur, as seen from the lower part of Montmartre, a district known for its Bohemian past and night life. The Basilica is a beautiful large structure in startling white sitting atop the Montmartre hill and overlooking most of Paris.

This is how Wikipedia explains Sacré-Coeur’s enduring whiteness:
Sacré-Cœur is built of travertine stone quarried in Château-Landon (Seine-et-Marne), France. This stone constantly exudes calcite, which ensures that the basilica remains white even with weathering and pollution.

The Basilica overlooks night spots and cafés made famous in the works of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (Moulin Rouge, right, from WebMuseum, Paris); Renoir (Bal au Moulin de la Galette, left, from Wikipedia); and others. At various points in their lives, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Modigliani all lived and worked in Montmartre.

P.S. - Just in case you're wondering, the drawing of the Basilica is not my own. :) It's one I bought in Montmartre during a vist to Paris some years ago.


  1. Beautiful! Sacré Coeur is truly a shining star in Paris! The stone is such a glowing white colour! That's interesting to know the exact location of the quarry:) What a nice souvenir of your trip!

  2. PS. Your link wasn't working for some reason so I relinked it. That's why your place is different on the PFF list:)

  3. Beautiful drawing of La Basilique!

  4. Beautiful! The information about the stone is VERY interesting!

  5. Someday I hope to see that myself. Beautiful card!

  6. I love it! Very interesting info about the location too!

  7. What a lovely postcard. And thank you for the history behind it! Someday, it is a dream of mine, to visit Paris.

    Happy PFF!

  8. I love antic and classic pieces about anything. The story behind can just be as compelling as anything.

    By the way, I have something for you. Maybe you'd be interested in taking a quick peek?

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