Friday, September 30, 2005

Princesses and Flames

It's very late, almost six in the morning, and I'm still messing around on the net. Gotta stop now, but I'm very frustrated because I can't post a new photo with this message - the old one keeps coming up.

Ahh, I think I've got it! This is a pretty surreal image of the massive golden flame next to the Pont d'Alma over the tunnel where Princess Diana was killed. "La Flâme de la Liberté" I think it's called.

A lot of people think it's some kind of monument to her, but it's nothing of the sort, with the tributes at its base being huffily removed on a regular basis. The French aren't too keen on the unauthorised appropriation of national monument by wayward British royals, deceased or otherwise.

I manipulated the photo to give it a chilly, sinister feel, complete with strange blue clouds which echo the wavy pattern of the flames.

The pont d'Alma isn't far from my flat, on the other side of the Champs de Mars, and I often cross over it, walking or running, on my perambulations across Paris.

For some reason Parisian bridges are always a somewhat sad experience for me, and I sometimes close my eyes as I cross them. It's probably because I met my last love on one, and they have never been the same since. But you can't escape them, there are so many, and they are a joy too of course, giving the city so much character.

Well, that's all for today. More later.

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