A requisite for every tourist is a visit to the Arc de Triomphe. It is worth climbing the stairs to the top. The view of the city is amazing. Paris doesn’t have many large buildings in the center, so you have an excellent view over almost the entire city. This view of the Eiffel Tower is my favorite.
I sat down today to write some of my upcoming posts, including a theme week about an awesome city – Berlin. But after watching the images of the horrors unfold this weekend in Paris, I felt it would be inappropriate to continue as normal.
I want to keep my blog light and fun and focused on photography. I do not want to get into political discussions here. But the events in Paris are of such a scale that I feel that it would be inappropriate to simply continue as normal. I know that people are being killed every day in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, and other places. I know that people were killed in other terrorist attacks recently – the Beirut bombings and the downed Russian plane. But as a Western city Paris represents my culture and way of life. I have friends who live there. I travel there 2-3 times a year. So when Paris is attacked it feels closer, it feels more like an attack on my values.
One thing I hoped would happen when I started this blog is that I would learn. I have, in fact, learned a lot. The analytics built into the sight are quite neat to view and analyze. One thing I noticed is that pictures of things that are often photographed don’t really make a big wave. The more obscure a picture, or the more personal, the more response it gets. For example, I posted a beautiful picture of the Manhattan skyline just after sunset. It is one of my favorites. The response was positive, but muted. I posted a picture of glowing chairs suspended in the air, and that had a much bigger response.