A month ago in early September as the sun was rising I went for a walk around Montmartre just to see what the light was doing around this famous part of Paris. What was wonderful was the amazing peace I found, particularly at the Basilique du Sacre Coeur. Ordinarily over run by tourists and salesmen of cheap Parisian souvenirs, the hill was empty and beautiful. I counted 2 other photographers, one romantic couple, a guy rope skipping to his own headphone beat and a quiet team of dedicated cleaners. Oh… and a few local cats cruising the neighbourhood. The sound of silence was at odds with the craziness of Paris at other times of the day.
The light was soft and the Basilique du Sacre Coeur glowed gently as the first rays of sun crept up the hill. Sunsets are very popular here, to the extent that it’s party time well into the night for many tourists. I’m glad I dragged myself out of bed to witness this at the other end of the day when most haven’t even nibbled their morning croissant or sipped their first espresso.
I might try to make the effort to get up early at a few other locations in future. I think it will be worth it.
This post also seems quite suitable for the weekly photo challenge “Good morning”.