The summer solstice brings throngs of Parisians to the streets. They sing, play, and dance the night away on the longest day of the year. The annual event is called the “fête de la musique” or festival of music. I’ve shown pictures of some street performers, but there are also large-scale events. There were rock bands in St. Eustache all day long, for instance.
This year marked my second fête de la musique in Paris. I was there as part of Hampton University’s architectural study abroad program… my colleague, Prof. Mason Andrews, always makes sure we get to be part of this fun cultural event.
My friends Jonathan and Amanda are staying at my apartment in Dublin for a few days. Their flight from Dublin to Germany leaves tomorrow morning. Today, Jonathan posted this image on Facebook, to remind me of my second home.
In just three days, the sun will rise at its lowest position in the sky. In other words, the closer we get to the winter solstice (which happens on December 21), the farther south of east the sun will rise. This is true for all places in the northern hemisphere.
My balcony faces due south (although Jonathan took this picture facing southeast). So, normally, the sun rises behind the building that is pictured to the left in his photo. Near December 21, the sun peeks up between the buildings in this view.
He framed the sun for me on at this significant time of year.
Sunrise at my Dublin abode, December 18, 2012. (Photo by Jonathan Kennedy.)
The sun also sets (at 4:30 pm).
Here’s a view from my window at 4:30 pm.
Throughout history, there have always been big solstice parties in Ireland. I mean always. And I mean big.
Seems pretty clear why that is!
I will miss the celebrations here, which is sad, but thankfully I will be home celebrating the light of my life!