The Beauty and Symbolism of the Arc de Triomphe
Today is the French national holiday, La Fête Nationale (Bastille Day), that commemorates the storming of the Bastille in 1789 that sparked the French Revolution.
As I celebrate the U.S. women’s win in yesterday’s FIFA Women’s World Cup match and their move into the finals with Japan, I also salute the French women’s football team who deserve much credit for their superb effort, skills and spirit.
Happy Bastille Day to all of our friends in France!
In honor of La Fête Nationale, this photo taken at the Arc de Triomphe is my submission for this week’s Travel Photo Thursday. Be sure to check out the other submissions on the Budget Travelers Sandbox website.
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Very fitting post for today! On my very first trip to Europe I was in Paris for Bastille Day (in 1995)—talk about a celebration! Besides New Years in Rio, it was the biggest party I’ve ever seen. There were a couple million people in the streets and in the park surrounding the Eiffel Tower. It was awesome!
What a terrific experience to have on your first trip to Europe!
HA! I didn’t think about the fact that the US women beat France yesterday. Good thing they weren’t playing on Bastille Day! 🙂
It’s been a very exciting World Cup! The U.S. team is amazing, but got to give the French team credit for a great game, too.
Great photo! France is one of my favourite countries
Thanks! Will you be in France this summer?
BEAUTIFUL shot! (Nice comments too 🙂
Thank you! 🙂
France is one of my favorite countries too Post your url at my site too http://www.eileenludwig.com/stunning-photo-thursday-world-war-ii-memorial-monument-washington-dc/
I will be doing this every Thursday too so plan on it with a link in your submission and post your url also can post to my fan page for Digital Photography
OK – thanks!
Great timing for the post! Congrats to both US and France on their World Cup successes!
Both teams can be very proud!
I love the angle that you took….you have to think for a second to realize that it’s the arc….great shot!
Thanks, Renee. I thought it turned out pretty well, too!
really unique vantage point- i like it!
Thanks, Jade. It really takes me back to how I felt being there at the time.
so graceful and gorgeous cathy! 🙂
Thanks, Lorna! 🙂
I was lucky enought to attend Bastille Day celebrations at the Eiffel Tower some years back. Jean Michel Jarre concert and half a million of my closest friends. It was such a good time!
Sounds like a great time, Raymond. How lucky that so many of your friends were able to attend! 😉
Love this angle. I also posted a photo of the Arc for Bastille Day.
Happy Bastille Day!
Thanks! I’m on my way to your blog right now.
very nice picture! night shots are the hardest to nail!
Thanks, Denise. You’re so right about those night shots. Although not perfect, I thought I got pretty lucky.
Love the upward view with the flag in motion. Must. Get. To. France!
Thank you, Jennifer. Hope you get to France soon!
Beautiful photo, I like the colors
Thanks! I liked the color aspect, too.
This is a stunning photo!! I love it. Can’t wait to make my way to France …
Thanks so much, Cheryl — flattered!
This is really a very beautiful picture of one of Paris’ great icons!
Thanks, Debbie. There’s no shortage of pics of the Arc de Triomphe, but I hoped this captured something a little bit different!
Wonderful shot Cathy. Great POV!
Wow it seems like a lot of peeps from the blogosphere were celebrating Bastille Day! See Americans love the French =)
A wonderfully composed shot.
Wow! The Arc de Triomphe looks really cool at night. I’ve only seen it during the day. Great shot!
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