Sacre Coeur in Montmartre
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This is the famous Sacre Coeur in Montmartre in Paris.  This area is filled with artists and spectacular views.  It has a lot of character and charm.  If in Paris you must go!

The Sacré-Cœur Basilica (French: Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, "Basilica of the Sacred Heart", pronounced [sakʁe kœʁ]), a Roman Catholic basilica, is a popular landmark in Paris, France, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The basilica is located at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city.
Bourg Saint Pierre, Switzerland
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This is a gorgeous view in the early morning from a chalet in Bourg Saint Pierre, Switzerland.  A very small village in Switzerland just before you cross into Italy.  The mountains are breath taking. 

Bourg-Saint-Pierre (German name: St. Petersburg) is a municipality in the district of Entremont in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. The village of Bourg-Saint-Pierre lies at the foot of the Grand Combin.

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Gorgeous French Bread in Paris
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In Paris how can you possibly not think about food?  If I was on a diet Paris is the last place I would want to be.  There is something tempting around every corner.  Tarts, bread, creme brulee and more.  I couldn't help but take this picture of this gorgeous bread at a stand on the street.
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Notre Dame by night in Paris, France
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I was so happy when this night shot of Notre Dame in Paris turned out.  I've never been that great at getting night shots, but I was happy enough with this one to show it off.  Obviously when visiting Paris, Notre Dame is a must see. It never ceases to amaze me. Absolutely stunning architecture.

Notre Dame de Paris ('Our Lady of Paris' in French) is a Gothic cathedral on the eastern half of the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of Paris, France. It is the cathedral of the Catholic archdiocese of Paris: that is, it is the church that contains the "cathedra", or official chair, of the Archbishop of Paris, André Cardinal Vingt-Trois. Notre Dame de Paris is widely considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in the world. It was restored and saved from destruction by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, one of France's most famous architects. The name Notre Dame means "Our Lady" in French, and is frequently used in the names of Catholic church buildings in Francophone countries.

Notre Dame de Paris was one of the first Gothic cathedrals, and its construction spanned the Gothic period. Its sculptures and stained glass show the heavy influence of naturalism, unlike that of earlier Romanesque architecture.

Notre Dame de Paris was among the first buildings in the world to use the flying buttress (arched exterior supports). The building was not originally designed to include the flying buttresses around the choir and nave. After the construction began and the thinner walls (popularized in the Gothic style) grew ever higher, stress fractures began to occur as the walls pushed outward. In response, the cathedral's architects built supports around the outside walls, and later additions continued the pattern.

The cathedral suffered desecration during the radical phase of the French Revolution in the 1790s, when much of its religious imagery was damaged or destroyed. During the 19th century, an extensive restoration project was completed, returning the cathedral to its previous state.

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Roman Coliseum
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Well it's hard not to recognize this.  The famous Roman Coliseum. When in Rome you really can't miss it.  It is a sight to see in person and an amazing piece of history.  Of course I had to feature at least one photo of it from my trip to Rome.

The Colosseum or Roman Coliseum, originally the Flavian Amphitheatre (Latin: Amphitheatrum Flavium, Italian Anfiteatro Flavio or Colosseo), is an elliptical amphitheatre in the center of the city of Rome, Italy, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire. It is one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering.

Occupying a site just east of the Roman Forum, its construction started between 70 and 72 AD[1] under the emperor Vespasian and was completed in 80 AD under Titus[2], with further modifications being made during Domitian's reign (81–96).[3] The name "Amphitheatrum Flavium" derives from both Vespasian's and Titus's family name (Flavius, from the gens Flavia).

Capable of seating 50,000 spectators,[1][4][5] the Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles. As well as the gladiatorial games, other public spectacles were held there, such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. The building ceased to be used for entertainment in the early medieval era. It was later reused for such purposes as housing, workshops, quarters for a religious order, a fortress, a quarry, and a Christian shrine.

It has been estimated that about 500,000 people and over a million wild animals died in the Colosseum games.[6][7]

Although in the 21st century it stays partially ruined due to damage caused by devastating earthquakes and stone-robbers, the Colosseum is an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome and its breakthrough achievements in earthquake engineering. It is one of Rome's most popular tourist attractions and still has close connections with the Roman Catholic Church, as each Good Friday the Pope leads a torchlit "Way of the Cross" procession around the various levels of the amphitheatre.

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