This time last year, I spent a few days in Paris, my first visit to the beautiful city. I'd previously had marginal desire to visit the City of Lights, but upon entering the city I found myself quickly falling in love with its winding streets and romantic architecture. Wandering Paris, one is struck by the relative "newness" of so much of the architecture, since the medieval city was largely demolished under Emperor Napoleon III to make way for the more modern city plan of Georges-Eugène Haussmann. You can read more about Haussmann's Paris at the Art History Archive. Below are some photographs I took on my iPhone 5 while exploring Paris in January 2014.
In Britain, today is called Remembrance Day. Wreaths of red poppies are placed at monuments to honor the men and women who have fought and fallen in war. Yesterday, on Remembrance Sunday, I went to the Cenotaph on Whitehall to honor the men and women I know who are veterans of or currently serve in the armed services. For me, today is also a day to remember those who chose a different path, the men who refused to take up arms against another human being. This morning at 11am I observed a moment of silence at the Conscientious Objectors Stone in Tavistock Square in honor of my grandfather, great uncle, and uncle who chose that second path. Today I also remember "the peaceful men."
(Photos taken on my iPhone 5 and edited in Snapseed and VSCO Cam.)