Do you enjoy knowing the layers of changes the years have brought to a place? One of the joys of visiting Paris is wandering the elegant streets and taking in the history behind the beauty.
The Eiffel Tower, symbol of Paris, is a more recent addition to the landscape, first appearing in 1889. It’s just as thrilling as ever to stand beneath this massive structure and marvel at this engineering feat.
The song, “The Last Time I Saw Paris,” has a fascinating story. It was written for a musical before WWII. By the time the song won an Oscar, the war had started and Paris went dark. In the years right after the liberation of the city, this song was played often, with a new meaning to the words written earlier.
Yeah, the last time I saw Paris
Her heart was warm and gay
No matter how they change her
I’ll remember her that way.
Paris did change, becoming the City of Light once again, but war times would not be forgotten. Today, plaques around Paris commemorate those who fought for its freedom. On this wall at the center of the city is a tribute to liberation and it hangs right below some of the damage from bullets suffered on that liberation day.
Linking up with Texture Tuesday, Wednesday Around the World, Life Thru the Lens, and Sweet Shot Tuesdays. The first photo of the Eiffel Tower is edited with a Kim Klassen texture. Also linking up with the song-inspired party, Song-ography, where my song choice is “The Last Time I Saw Paris,” by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein.