Starry night

Bears were reintroduced in the Pyrenees in 1996 (See Julia Stagg’s account here) and although our house is right there in the middle of “bear country” I must admit that I have never seen or heard one, even though I go out rambling and cycling a lot in that area. Yet, on a starry night, I spotted Ursa Major (a.k.a. the Big Bear).

> Read on: Julia Stagg’s novels set in a fictional mountain village of the Pyrenees named “Fogas”

Place de L'étoile
It starts with a picture of trailing lights at dusk, looking towards the Champs Elysées
Place de L'étoile - Arc de Triomphe
Then I moved, Clockwise, in order to capture the West side of the Arch,still looking towards the Champs Elysées, only slightly later.
Place de L'étoile - Arc de Triomphe
So that I end up, at nearly 11:00pm turning my back on the Champs Elysées, looking towards the West, with the famous Marseillaise by Rude (the statue, not the anthem; the statue on the right East pillar, one of the most famous ever, by Sculptor Rude, who didn’t deserve his name, neither in French nor English).