Peace Monument near Eiffel Tower, Paris France

Wall for Peace Monument at the base of the Eiffel Tower - Paris, France

This is another of my son’s photos because well, I’ve never been to France.  I’d love to go, it looks amazing, but I don’t have a passport and I’m not sure I could travel the extraordinary amount of hours it takes to get there from here.

This photo was taken in 2008 on my son’s first trip to Paris.  This beautiful monument is called Wall for Peace. It’s the work of artist Clara Halter and architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte.  The monument, which was inaugurated March 30, 2000, sits on the Champs de Mars at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.  The glass and metal monument was inspired by the Wailing Wall of Jerusalem, and like the Wailing Wall visitors can place their messages of peace in the chinks in the wall.  The word peace is written in 32 languages and 18 alphabets.

This monument is a popular spot to photograph the Eiffel Tower and most photographers snap the photo though the center of the monument…but my son loves things off kilter and thus the composition above…this photograph just screams him.

It was earlier this year that my niece got engaged very close to this spot.  It’s so strange to think of the two of them in the same spot, three years apart, so very far from home.  I love that our children are travelling the world – I truly believe the more we travel the more accepting we are of other countries and cultures and it will be harder to harm each other.  At least that’s my hope.