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Friday, December 31, 2004


time for a vacation?

absurd. completely utterly absurd.

though i surely haven't convinced anyone over at reason of much, i don't know how else to process westerns frolicking in the sun as tens of thousands remain to be buried other than to call it the absurd extremity of blithe, indifferent, gross emanicapted individualism.

UPDATE: yet more startling -- there are apparently legions who think this is the honorable thing to do -- or, at least, find honor a dead concept (killed by nietzsche, i suspect...).

The first thing I thought of when I saw this on the news was 'what the hell is wrong with those people?' It made me sick to see them tanning and drinking on the beach while there was chaos a few miles away.

CB from OMC

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2004 in pictures: the wedding

and what retrospective would be complete without... this was a really good year for me. :) Posted by Hello


2004 in pictures: madison marathon

my first ever marathon. Posted by Hello


2004 in pictures -- paris

lazing about on the champs-de-mars -- we spend the better part of an afternoon here with nothing to do but warm in the sun and eavesdrop on british tourists. Posted by Hello


notre-dame from under the bridge and out of the rain -- so parisian.... Posted by Hello


the tour eiffel from our batobus -- evening in paris is the meaning of sublimity. Posted by Hello


place de la concorde at night... Posted by Hello

Well done night photography. You are multitalented.

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Beautiful but there's just a mistake. It's place de la Concorde.

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lol -- of course it is! good catch, anon. too many memories swilling around when i put this in. i'll correct it.

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sainte chapelle -- one of the most amazing spaces in all the world, i'm sure... Posted by Hello


arc de triomphe at dusk, after a long day's walk along the seine... Posted by Hello


the view from musee d'orsay -- sacre coeur in the distance... Posted by Hello


our hotel in st germain-des-pres. Posted by Hello


interior of sainte eustache. Posted by Hello


2004 in pictures: chartres

you can see chartres for miles around, thanks to its hilltop site. Posted by Hello


the cathedral is perhaps the pinnacle of gothic architecture... Posted by Hello


the nave is unbelievable -- this photo does it no justice whatsoever. Posted by Hello


the glass is as old as the 13th c. Posted by Hello


the cathedral simply dominates the town. Posted by Hello


incredible medieval carvings formed a bible in stone... Posted by Hello


2004 in pictures: bretagne

touring the almonry at mont st-michel... Posted by Hello


approaching mont st-michel... Posted by Hello


across the bay, at low tide, from mont st-michel. Posted by Hello


on the beach at sable d'or les pins. Posted by Hello


golden fields, which surrounded our gite in sable d'or... Posted by Hello


sunset at st malo. Posted by Hello


2004 in pictures: la loire

the town and fairyale chateau of saumur, where we spent the night at a hotel on the loire... Posted by Hello


stunning chinon. Posted by Hello

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