Snail's Postcard Post

Je Suis Charlie

Thinking of Paris, and sending love.

img_6138img_6139This is one of my favorite sight-seeing postcards. It looks like a perfect Parisian spring day, with boats on the Seine and blossoms on the cherry trees.  

The bridge is the Pont d’Iéna. See the statues at the far end? There are two more at the opposite end, all warriors on horseback that together represent the ancient peoples that shaped France: A Gaul, a Greek, a Roman, and an Arab. Their combined philosophies and industry ultimately gave rise to one of the first modern democratic nations.800px-Cavalier_arabe_pont_d'Iena_RD_amArab warrior on the Left Bank 

img_6112Hermes with Pegasus at the Place de la Concordeimg_6114img_6108img_6109The Pont Neuf with the Court of Cassation and the Conciergerie img_6926img_6137Notre Dame de Lorette church and cemetery (the ridge of trees seen here), with Sacré-Coeur Basilica rising up behind. Notre Dame de Lorette is the largest French military cemetery. Formally called Ablain St. Nazaire French Military Cemetery, it is the resting place of over 40,000 soldiers, mostly from WWI, as three bitter battles took place in the area. North Africans of the 1st Moroccan Division fought in those battles. Those from the Division who died in combat have a special section at Ablain St. Nazaire, with Moorish arch shaped headstones instead of crosses. The headstones all face East. notre-dame-de-lorette-muslim-graves-250(From an informative page Ablain St-Nazaire French Military Cemetery “Notre Dame de Lorette”, France on a WWI history website)

img_6136img_8133The Snail Family’s friend, photographer Cat Gwynn, found this Sacre-Coeur silhouette postcard at the studio shop of screen print artist Victor Gouteyron. img_8144img_6118One of Notre Dame Cathedral’s three rose windows img_6119Nave of Notre Dame

img_6121I love this everyday view (probably from the 1970s) of Notre Dame from Grandma Snail’s collection. img_6120View of Notre Dame from the Square René Viviani, named for the Prime Minister who served the first year of WWI. Viviani sought to protect the rights of socialists and union workers.   img_6115Notre Dame gargoylesimg_6116This photograph was taken by Roger Parry around 1945. The German occupation of France would have just ended. It always seems to me that the gargoyle is taking a timid look over the edge to see if the Nazis are gone. img_6130This Arc de Triomphe view was sent by friends of Grandma and Grandpa Snail’s in 1977.img_6132img_2345“Portrait d’egoutier”Portrait of a sewer worker, from the Paris Sewers Museumimg_6122img_6125It wouldn’t be petit dejeuner without the paper. Here’s to freedom of the press.

Liberté, Egalité, Fraternitéimg_6127

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2 thoughts on “Je Suis Charlie

  1. Toni DeVito on said:

    Merci beaucoup, Charlie.  xoxox 

    Toni DeVito

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