Thinking of Paris, and sending love.
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.Arab warrior on the Left Bank
Hermes with Pegasus at the Place de la ConcordeThe Pont Neuf with the Court of Cassation and the Conciergerie Notre 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. (From an informative page Ablain St-Nazaire French Military Cemetery “Notre Dame de Lorette”, France on a WWI history website)
The Snail Family’s friend, photographer Cat Gwynn, found this Sacre-Coeur silhouette postcard at the studio shop of screen print artist Victor Gouteyron. One of Notre Dame Cathedral’s three rose windows Nave of Notre Dame
I love this everyday view (probably from the 1970s) of Notre Dame from Grandma Snail’s collection. View 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. Notre Dame gargoylesThis 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. This Arc de Triomphe view was sent by friends of Grandma and Grandpa Snail’s in 1977.“Portrait d’egoutier”Portrait of a sewer worker, from the Paris Sewers MuseumIt wouldn’t be petit dejeuner without the paper. Here’s to freedom of the press.