Our trip to Paris wouldn’t be complete without stopping to say a little prayer to Diana, Princess of Wales. Mummy followed everything that she did. She woke up early to watch her get married, celebrated the birth of her two boys, and woke up early to see her funeral. It wasn’t too crowded at the site but it is obvious that lots of people stop by this “unofficial monument” to pay their respects to a lovely person who was taken from us too soon. Many people attach locks on the chain that surrounds the “Flame of Liberty” monument, and put flowers at its base. The statue is situated over the north end of the Pont de l’Alma tunnel where the car accident occurred. Princess Diana was killed on August 31, 1997.
But let me tell you a little about this “Flame of Liberty” because I like to give you a little history along with my travel posts. THIS WAS NOT PUT HERE TO HONOR PRINCESS DIANA!!! The “Flame of Liberty” was given to France by the USA in 1989 in thanks for the restoration work they did on our own Statue of Liberty three years earlier. It is 3.5 metres tall and is a full-sized replica of Lady Liberty’s torch. The cost of the monument is said to have been around $400,000 to fabricate. It was given as a gift of friendship, just as the Statue of Liberty was given to us by the French as a token of THEIR friendship to us! The plaque reads:
”The Flame of Liberty.”
An exact replica of the Statue of Liberty’s flame offered to the people of France by donors throughout the world as a symbol of the Franco-American friendship.
On the occasion of the centennial of the International Herald Tribune.
If you are in Paris and want to see the monument, you can take the #9 metro to the Alma-Marceau exit and it is right there near the Pont d’Alma over the Seine River.