Paris connections, part 3

Although I missed the supermoon in Paris, seeing the moon set behind the Conciergerie was a lovely consolation. How many men and women have gazed at la lune from their prison cells over the centuries?

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This is my third post about the unexpected ties that bind Paris’ historical sites. See the past two days’ posts for other clues — or tune in on Sunday for the full story.


  1. Interesting point of view. Most would never consider the prisoners looking at the moon.

    • I’m still haunted by the tour I took a few years ago of this ancient building. It was eerie to realize I was seeing the same walls and halls that Marie Antoinette (among many others) had glimpsed on their way to the guillotine. I think walking a few steps in their shoes led me to consider what else they may have seen and heard, too.

    • I thought so too, Anthony! The photo really doesn’t do it justice — it was so clear and luminous (a rarity in Paris, which is usually smoggy). Thank you so much for stopping by.

      • It makes me DELIRIOUSLY happy that you feel invested in the theme, Anthony. I will keep the mystery going and the photos coming, then. Thank you so much for your encouragement.

  2. Wow! Stunning.
    Until recently we had a letter of release from a Paris prison signed by … erm … Louis the something or other! (It now resides with a nephew) I have always felt that the human tragedies lurking behind old prison walls are almost unbearable to consider. This speaks of those, in a way.

    • This prison-release letter sounds very cool! It doesn’t take much imagination to conjure the relief the original bearer must have felt upon holding it and realizing he was finally free, does it. As you say so beautifully, though, it’s almost unbearable to consider the agony of incarceration — especially for the innocent. Thank you so much for stopping by, and for your comment.

  3. I’m honored this photo spoke to you, Roberta! And I’m glad something of the moment got transmitted. Thank you for your kind comment. I promise to keep more coming! 🙂

  4. Another shot with great balance of structure within. As someone who loves art, architecture and structure of form, always appreciate another person’s keen vision and presentation of things around us. This one does have a strange sadness to it; a heaviness from the past.

    • It’s always been curious to me that Paris doesn’t seem to have many buildings with reputations for hauntings — at least compared to England — but if there ever were a prime candidate for ghosts it would be the Conciergerie. It does emanate a certain heaviness, doesn’t it? Thank you so much for your kind words, Lara.

      • I really can feel the heaviness from the photo. But it’s very interesting. As said, it feels like history of the building exuding itself into the environment.

    • It’s an honor to have you describe one of my photos as “wordless poetry,” Björn. Thank you! (And your imagination is spot-on: Several prisoners carved their initials and drawings into the stone walls.)

    • And thank YOU for stopping by, Draco! I’m always just a little bit extra proud when you like my photos. 😉

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