Sunday, September 11, 2011

Illumination and hope


Église Saint Pierre de Montmartre is not singularly outstanding, but the soft light of stained glass in the apse seems a promise of hope.  I am thinking today of all those touched directly and indirectly by the events of ten years ago.


Bon dimanche

Église Saint Pierre de Montmartre
2, rue du Mont-Cenis
75018 Paris

33 comments:

Randy said...

I love the colors in the stained glass windows. What a beautiful church.

Rob-bear said...

The warm, gentle light in the apse stands in stark contrast of the harsh lights of 9/11/01.
Blessings and Bear hugs on this anniversary.
Et bon dimanche!

Richard Moisan said...

Voilà une belle vue! De jolies lumières. Je souris car tu dois te dire, en posant cette photo: encore l'image d'une église... Que va dire Richard?... :-)
Je ne dis plus rien, Genie. Je pense... :-)

Chez Loulou said...

It is still difficult to express my emotions when I think about that day, 10 years ago.
Thank you for such a beautiful, thoughtful post.

kathrin said...
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kathrin said...

oh sorry it did translate, I saw the light at the windows an I wish you a safety time, today my heart is an American, big hugh Kathrin

Pet said...

Impossible to forget in a day like today.

Shell Sherree said...

A beautiful thought for such a day, dear Genie. Big hugs.

Malyss said...

Perfect choice of a peaceful place for that sadly special day..

this is Belgium said...

the world is remembering today, Genie

biebkriebels said...

A serene photo with beautiful windows.

Kellie @ Sasse Avenue said...

Hi Genie,

Lovely post. A day for reflecting and feeling grateful for all the wonderful people we have in our lives.

Kel x

M said...

Parfait! So simple yet so appropriate. Light is a beacon of hope in this fallen world.

Birdman said...

Peace.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I think this is simply perfect for today Genie, a beautiful tribute to a very sad day.

Cezar and Léia said...

It is not ordinary to get this kind of beautiful lighting, well done!
God bless you!
Cezar

Sylvia K said...

Such beautiful, soft light and a lovely tribute to that nightmare of a day. Blessings, mon amie!

Sylvia

Starman said...

I like the light through the windows. I have my own thoughts on 9/11.

Bergson said...

une lumière parfaitement capturée

Harriet said...

A quiet setting in which to spend a few moments and pray for peace.

Abraham Lincoln said...

For someone, like me, who has never been to paris, I was wondering how long it takes to get up close and personal with the city and the things that makes it unique?

Petrea Burchard said...

Beautiful photo and sentiments, Genie.

jennyfreckles said...

I've been in tears, on and off, all day... even 10 years on I can hardly believe what happened. Stained glass windows have been known to make me cry too! This is lovely, the shape of the windows, that beautiful ribbed ceiling - and the mysterious wall painting too. Thanks Genie.

Grammy Goodwill said...

Thank you for your thoughts.

Fábio Martins said...

I always liked the stained glass from churches. Nice shot

Jack said...

It has been illuminating viewing everyone's approach to today's memories. Your approach is a gentle and simple one.

Alexa said...

I'm still touched when I remember the outpouring of love from around the world after that horrific day—and this photo perfectly embodies the peace we all need and deserve. Thanks, Genie!

Virginia said...

A lovely tribute Genie. Beautiful.
V

Andrew Etchen said...

That is a beautiful photo of a church. Once again, you've managed to capture the stained glass detail.

I also really like how you composed this photo as well.

You take photos of pretty much anything like I do.

Have a great week ahead! :)

Ninny said...

So beautiful....so old, so peaceful.

L'Aussie said...

I once paid a visit to this church. Was very interesting with so much history. It is lovely how you've used it today on the anniversary of 9/11.

I, too, am a Paris lover and have just returned from a summer trip there. You blog header pic reminded me of the gorgeous days and the French picnicking along the Seine.

I dedicated a short story of mine to 9/11, called Lost. I posted it on my writing blog today if you'd like to read it.

http://laussieswritingblog.blogspot.com

I have followed you and look forward to more Paris-inspired posts.

Denise, L'Aussie

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

This day in history did not just impact Americans, but the entire world. I have watched many of the programs in the past few days about the individuals, the heroes, the aftermath... so sad.

So many bloggers across the world have voiced their thoughts today, honoring those whose lives were lost.

Halcyon said...

I love your church shots. I lived in Rennes at the time of the World Trade Center attacks. It was a strange day.