Sacré Bleu! Sacré Cœur!

-Look Up, Look Down Challenge, Week 50

Every Thursday, I publish a post containing photo(s) taken from above or below, and invite you to join in the challenge by posting your own photos with an up or down perspective.

The Oxford Dictionaries online give the following explanation of the slightly old-fashioned phrase, Sacré Bleu!  I love the example they give:

“A French expression of surprise, exasperation, or dismay:
Sacré bleu, you Scots speak most fantastic French”

I have a dear Scottish friend whose French is, I’m sad to say, not fantastic and who far prefers “Sacré Cœur!” as his expression of pleased astonishment.  Hence the title of this piece – thanks for the inspiration Ron.

Whichever exclamation you prefer, you may use it now:




The views down are equally awe inspiring and exclamation-invoking.



The Challenge

Click here to enter the challenge

Welcome to week 50 and a huge thank you as always to those who entered last week. I do like to highlight a couple of posts for an honourable mention, but it’s always so hard to choose.   This week I think I’m just going to go for plain old beauty (oops, mixed metaphors there) and go for Woolly Muses’ beautiful blue starling which is so different to a British starling, and Jeannette’s inviting, Italian balconies. You can see all of the entries from this and previous weeks on my Pinterest board if you are seeking inspiration, or are just plain nosy.

All are welcome; please share your up or down perspective with us.  Simply create your own post as normal, create a link to this challenge and then click here to enter your link and to view other entries.  If you have any difficulties with the linky, please just leave your link in a comment below and I will upload your thumbnail.

Finally, please don’t forget to go and visit the other challengers and pass on your views and encouragement.

To find out more about how to enter, click here.  The linky list will open each Thursday at 00:01 GMT (or a bit before) and will be open for a week.

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26 thoughts on “Sacré Bleu! Sacré Cœur!

    1. It doesn’t work – gets to your blog but page not found. I can correct it for you – is it the casa-della-marinarezza post you want to link too?

      On Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 7:57 AM, Travel with Intent wrote:



        1. Thanks for your effort! Here’s the link, maybe this will be lucky!

          Hmm, wonder why it shows “dotcom”, bizarre. I’ve been looking through the dashboard to see why I’m failing here. I had no problems with The League of the Door Whores and What Light Through Yonder Window Shines. But, come to think of it, they weren’t via Linky. There’s always something new to learn, eh? Cheers. xxx


        2. That URL doesn’t seem to work. It takes me to your “Look Up” blog, but there is only an About page and no actual posts. Has it definitely gone live?

          On Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 10:39 AM, Travel with Intent wrote:



  1. Wonder if your friend prefers Sacre Coeur over Sacre Bleu, because the last one is more like damn, and the first one like dang:):) Hey, thanks for including me on Pint. Has been ages since I’ve been on my own site there (Jesh StG) or Jeannette StGermain). May miss some following weeks cuz I don’t know yet how to resize a pic on my ipad!


    1. You’re most welcome. He uses Montmartre! too. Not sure what that means??? You can just let it do the resizing for you! Any problems just stick your link in a comment and I’ll sort it. I use my iPhone a lot for adding links: I normally schedule posts from my laptop and then link in from my phone while i’m on the move. WordPress are constantly changing their software and app though so everytime i go in I have to work differently. Very frustrating! So good luck. xx

      On Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 8:17 PM, Travel with Intent wrote:



  2. Lovely pics of the basilica, and in sunshine too!

    Oddly, I’ve never noted a monsieur or madame say Sacre Bleu, let alone Zut alors!, except in English folklore…


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