Flame of Liberty, Paris

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I’ve been working a lot of hours. Now that Ramazan is over, new classes are starting and we are suddenly short on teachers. I’ve been schedule 40 teaching hours a week–not counting prep time or office hours. All I’ve done is work and sleep. So it’s taking a bit to post my Paris photos.  

This is the Flame of Liberty (Flamme de la Liberté), located along the Seine, near the northern end of the Pont de l’Alma, on the Place de l’Alma.  It’s a full sized, gold-leaf replica of the flame from the Statue of Liberty in the New York Harbor, a gift from France. This torch was a gift to the city of Paris in 1989 by the International Herald Tribune.

The flame has became an unofficial memorial for Diana, Princess of Wales after her 1997 death in the tunnel just below.  It’s become a tourist attraction for her and probably most people think the torch was put up in her honor. 

Lady Di's Torch, Paris, July 2015, 7

You'll find locks like this everywhere along the Seine, but especially on bridges. Lovers lock them and throw the key into the water, signifying their unbreakable love.
You’ll find locks like this everywhere along the Seine, but especially on bridges. Lovers lock them and throw the key into the water, signifying their unbreakable love.

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Beth

I'm a professional vagabond. I quit my cubical job in January 2014. Since then, I've hiked the Appalachian Trail, The Camino, and taught English in Vietnam, Turkey, Russia, Spain and Mexico. I'm exploring the world.

2 thoughts on “Flame of Liberty, Paris”

    1. That’s funny! Seriously, they only started this tradition in about 2008 and it’s taken over. The police cut them off periodically.

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