La Ville Lumiere

360 degree panoramic view from The Eiffel Tower

Paris was founded in the 3rd century BC by a Celtic people called the Parisii, who gave the city its name.

By the 12th century, Paris was the largest city in the western world.

Paris is the home of the most visited art museum in the world, the Louvre, as well as the Musée d’Orsay, noted for its collection of French Impressionist art, and the Musée National d’Art Moderne, a museum of modern and contemporary art. The notable architectural landmarks of Paris include Notre Dame Cathedral (12th century); the Sainte-Chapelle (13th century); the Eiffel Tower (1889); and the Basilica of Sacré-Cœur on Montmartre (1914).

Paris is often referred to as “The City of Light” (La Ville Lumière), both because of its leading role during the Age of Enlightenment, and more literally because Paris was one of the first European cities to adopt gas street lighting. In the 1860s, the boulevards and streets of Paris were illuminated by 56,000 gas lamps.

At the beginning of the 20th century, artists from around the world, including Picasso, Modigliani and Matisse made Paris their home; it was the birthplace of Fauvism, Cubism and abstract art, and authors such as Marcel Proust were exploring new approaches to literature. Paris continued to be a mecca for writers, musicians and artists from around the world, including Ernest Hemingway, Igor Stravinsky, Josephine Baker, Sidney Bechet and the surrealist Salvador Dalí,

Also, Monet, Manet, Cezanne, Renoir, Gauguin, Seurat, Toulouse-Latrec, Chagall, Duchamp, Voltaire, Rousseau, Hugo, de Tocqueville, Dumas, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Sarte, Descartes, Debussy, Ravel, Saint-Saens, and Bizet. People whose ideas made the world a better place.

Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It has inspired artists, philosophers, lovers and dreamers for centuries and will continue to do so for centuries to come. Paris will piss on the grave of ISIS.

Eiffel Tower

I wrote this song a couple decades ago and recorded it a few years ago with Late Model Humans. A recent trip to Paris has brought it back to the forefront of my memory.

It’s been so long since I held you in my arms
It’s been so long since you held me in your heart
And I’ve been running ’round, up and down, making love on the Eiffel Tower

Baby I know it’s too late
But baby I’m going to change anyway
And stop all this running ’round, up and down, making love on the Eiffel Tower

Now that I need you
You’re nowhere at all
But I just keep thinking
When you needed me
I stared through you at a brick wall

Baby I just can’t quit
But baby I can’t forget
All of our running ’round, up and down, making love on the Eiffel Tower