weekly photo challenge: shadowed

January 9, 2015 at 6:38 pm 14 comments

eiffel tower
location: paris, france
 
je suis charlie!

for this week’s challenge, i thought of sharing a picture of the eiffel tower as a tribute to the 12 victims of the recent charlie hebdo attack. it was taken by a pocket digital camera on our last night in paris in the summer of 2013.

after dinner, we walked back to the hotel and stopped by a spot where we had a good view of the famous symbol of the city. from the distance, it was a sight to behold even in low light conditions.

gazing at the eiffel tower, we held our glasses of champagne high and gave each other a toast for the wonderful time we had in paris.

felipe galindo
artwork credit: felipe galindo

as a result of the charlie hebdo massacre, the lights of the tower were dimmed. but make no mistake about it; it wasn’t to appease the islamic extremists now dead who tried to put paris back into the dark ages. it was rather to mourn for those who paid the ultimate price for upholding the right to freely express one’s ideas and opinions.

paris, which is often referred to as the city of light, couldn’t be easily cowed and intimidated. after all, it was the birthplace of the age of englightenment that ushered the intellectual and scientific movement in the 18th century.

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14 Comments Add your own

  • 1. thepetalpusher  |  January 9, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Such a nice tribute–NOT AFRAID!

    Reply
    • 2. plaridel  |  January 10, 2015 at 9:43 am

      thepetalpusher:

      thank you for the feedback. 🙂

      Reply
  • 3. justmytravelblog  |  January 9, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Lovely tribute and nice photograph.

    Reply
    • 4. plaridel  |  January 10, 2015 at 9:43 am

      ross:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you.

      Reply
  • 5. mukhamani  |  January 9, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    It is really sad when violence is thought to be the answer for so many things. The tower looks so beautiful.

    Reply
    • 6. plaridel  |  January 10, 2015 at 9:44 am

      mukhamani:

      totally agree.

      Reply
  • 7. Elena  |  January 10, 2015 at 1:09 am

    Nice picture, although the cause is so sad.

    Thanks for posting the link to my entry!

    Reply
    • 8. plaridel  |  January 10, 2015 at 9:44 am

      elena:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you for the feedback.

      Reply
  • 9. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder  |  January 10, 2015 at 10:39 am

    A wonderful tribute to Charlie Hebdo #IAmCharlie

    Reply
    • 10. plaridel  |  January 10, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      maniparna:

      thank you for the feedback. we should always stand for free speech.

      Reply
  • 11. Suzanne Joshi  |  January 10, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Beautiful photo, Plaridel. Well done.

    Reply
    • 12. plaridel  |  January 10, 2015 at 2:17 pm

      suzanne:

      thanks. i’m glad you liked it.

      Reply
  • 13. Sheila  |  January 10, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    I was in Paris this past April and the violence France has experienced this week, heartbreaking. Your post was a beautiful and thoughtful tribute to those whose lives were lost. Thank you.

    Reply
    • 14. plaridel  |  January 11, 2015 at 9:34 am

      sheila:

      your feedback is much appreciated. thank you.

      Reply

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