Beauty of Destruction

Despite all the damage, the beauty of Paris still shone through, especially after dark. Light from the emergency oil lamps and the few remaining electric bulbs sparkled on the Seine.

The river now spread out like a vast, watery plain across parts of the city, erasing the clear distinction between Right and Left Bank. Where water on one side of the quay wall and cobblestone on the other once clearly defined the river's edge, now the wet streets vanished and the Seine lapped against the walls of buildings.