Paris connections, part 4

This is my fourth post in series about the unexpected historical connections that abound in Paris. See the past three days’ posts for other clues — or tune in on Sunday for the full story.

The Place de la Concorde is not only Paris’ largest public square, but arguably its most historic. Its name changes alone — Place Louis XV, Place de la Révolution, and finally Place de la Concorde — hint at its role in France’s transition from a monarchy to a republic.

From its two fountains representing the rivers and seas to its Egyptian obelisk and its views of the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel tower, it’s also among Paris’ more photogenic spots. But do I have any decent photos of what I’ve just described? Not really. So in this post I’ll attempt to make up for lack of quality with volume.

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Concorde at night 1040858 bw BLOG

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Pro tip: The Pont de la Concorde is a great spot for enjoying sunsets.

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Thanks, as always, for stopping by. More tomorrow!

51 comments

    • Thick plottens, Jim? HAHAHAHAHHAAAA! Though now that I’ve caught my breath from all the laughing, I’m dying to know what pattern you had seen emerging until today’s curve ball.

        • “Tall pointy things” is an excellent observation, Jim — hadn’t noticed that myself until you pointed it out. But I’ll give you a clue: It’s actually about blunt terrestrial things. (That doesn’t help much, does it.)

  1. You sure have a magnificent eye- these black and white frames are super enjoyable. And I haven’t had a chance to mention this yet but I love your idea for the Paris connections. I’m embarrassed to admit that I’m either so mentally lazy or slow (it’s probably a combination of the two) that I completely glaze over when it comes to brain teasers, riddles or guessing games of any sort (this is extremely frustrating to Adam for he likes trying them on his mother and I).

    • Aw, T-Fir — you don’t seem slow OR mentally lazy to me! I think you’re just selective about your expenditure of precious brain-juice, and this blog riddle certainly isn’t worth the effort. 🙂 But thank you for your kind words! As a great admirer of your photography, I’m honored you like mine.

    • Yessir, Jeff — we have Napoleon to thank for that obelisk. In hindsight, it was preferable to having put yet another triumphal arch in the middle of a street, ha ha.

    • Ooo! Excellent guess, Anthony. There are certainly some elements to the fight against gravity in there …

    • How kind of you. Thank you! I usually get out quite early — before the crowds arrive — to capture shots of monuments in Paris. Otherwise it can be difficult to even get close to these fountains, for fear of getting poked in the eye by a selfie stick! 🙂

  2. I’m visiting back because I love Paris so much too. So, how is it that we’ve been to the same city and have never seen it this beautiful? The photo’s you’ve shared a stunning! I’ve gotten so lazy about photo’s and rarely carry around my camera anymore. Maybe if I bothered to invest in a good one.

    • I’m sorry I’ve been so slow in acknowledging your kind words, but you’ve made my day! Rest assured that for every lovely photo you see here I have literally thousands of crappy ones that NO ONE would want to see. But I’m happy and honored that these brought back some happy memories for you — and even more pleased if they inspire you to grab a camera and take more photos of your own. Thank you so much for stopping by!

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