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Saône and Sunset

I was living in Lyon when the Charlie Hebdo offices were attacked and was sat at home as the events started unfolding.

I cannot pretend that my account will be as eloquent and insightful as the many articles and editorials written about it, but I will say it shocked and affected me deeply, and when the Je Suis Charlie manifestation happened in Lyon I felt morally obliged to attend.

The best words I have to describe what I felt, I wrote straight after the march:

Today, more than 300 000 Lyonnais and more than 3 million people throughout France united in the streets for freedom of speech, in defiance of terrorism. That people of every political, religious, cultural and social background walked side by side, in peace, for peace, is testament to the achievements of freedom of speech, and why we should continue fighting for it, for without it, we risk losing all our other hard won freedoms.

Nature also seemed to have been profoundly influenced by the shared emotion of a city and nation, and I saw the most beautiful sunset of my 5 months there.

View South towards Bellecour, along the Saone river

View South towards Bellecour, along the Saône river

Looking North towards Croix Rousse, along the Saone river.

Looking North towards Croix Rousse, along the Saône river.

Looking West onto Fourvière and the Basilica.

Last moments of light, looking West onto Fourvière and the Basilica.

Capturing Serenity

I have been living in France for the past few months, and as a consequence have had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people, see many beautiful places, and work on some very interesting projects.

One of which has been writing and editing a blog called Awkward Abroad, which I created with a very talented illustrator friend.

The other has been translating and writing for Limonadier, a great French online music magazine that’s pretty on it when it comes to new talent.

As for photography, unfortunately my one true love, my camera, was stolen from me over summer so I was fairly dependent on the pixellated and very pedestrian iPhone camera quality. However I did get to use a friend’s old camera for a few weeks before it spluttered and died, and took it to Geneva and Lyon.

Lake Geneva Swimmers

Lake Geneva

View of Old Lyon

Lyon

I travelled to Lyon, France during the summer.

Such a beautiful city, with the Rhone and Saone rivers flanking the centre of town photogenically, and the perfect size for a pedestrian.

Here are 2 sunset trips from the trip!

P.S. Don’t forget I’ve now got an instagram so give me a follow on @sluttysunsets http://instagram.com/sluttysunsets

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