I spent a week in Paris, France, sightseeing. Photos from my journey are in my photo album, but the main reason I went when I did was that the north of France was on the path of totality of a solar eclipse on August 11. The weather was not very cooperative, unfortunately, but nonetheless here is what I captured that morning.
There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war.
-- George Washington