A week before Christmas, December 2012. It was cold, and so crowded we couldn't really get up to the railing to look over at the ice skaters. So we started looking around at the sites and listening to the sounds right where we were. Tourists from all over the world were talking to each other in a zillion different languages, all excited to be at this world-famous spot on this Holiday evening. The lights were in all the trees and in every shop window. I looked up and turned in a circle and suddenly came over to this view, this angle, and I had to take the shot.