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And back to the top of the Arc de Triomphe we climb. Are your legs tired yet? ;-) Don't worry, I only ascended (and descended for that matter) a single time. Though if... or when... I go back this will certainly be something I do again. I mentioned in an earlier post that there is something about the Arch that makes it seem like the center of Paris, like a hinge the city turns on, or the beating heart pumping traffic - vehicular and otherwise - to the far stretches of the city. And if that is so, then standing on top of it and watching all this happen around you is ... amazing.


As far as this image, this was done with my pinhole camera. My Zero Image 2000 to be precise. It was about a 60 second exposure, which is kind of remarkable considering they do not let you use tripods up here. I carried mine all the way up with, apparently just because I am a sucker for punishment, and then got to the top and was politely told I had to make sure not to use it. Thankfully for me, the top of the Arch is ringed by a pointy fence and I was able to wedge my camera between two of the spines and lean into it, holding it in place. Ah... necessity and invention. Of course, the next trick was getting all the way through a 60 second exposure before someone came along and grabbed the fence next to me, shaking the whole thing severely. Somehow I managed.

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Taken on October 4, 2014