These are two pictures that I took while studying abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France, in the spring of last year. This fountain is in the center of the city and as you can see in the picture on the left, there is usually a lot of water in this fountain (which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Yet on the day that the second photo was taken, the water stopped flowing and the fountain was drained. This picture was taken after a large parade had just taken place to celebrate Carnaval. Not only is there trash along the base of the fountain, but there was so much trash in the fountain itself, that the city had to drain it and clean it out. After the parade had ended, about one hundred people rushed the fountain and jumped in, and continued the celebrations in the fountain itself. So there was trash, confetti, silly string, bottles, articles of clothing and so much more left in the fountain. I was there when the sanitation workers began to clean and I returned back four hours later to see the workers had cleaned the first two tiers of the fountain.This last picture is, as you can see, a picture of more sanitation workers attempting to clear the streets of confetti and trash so that the traffic that normally circulates around the fountain could begin again. For weeks after the parade, I could still see confetti and trash that was left over. The city that I studied in was normally very clean and there was little trash if any on the streets, but little things such as confetti, escaped the brooms of the sanitation workers in Aix for weeks.