Saturday, March 18, 2006

When Paris sleeps


Yesterday evening I had dinner at some friends who live in the 19th arrondissement, on top of the Butte Chaumont. The first thing I did when I arrived to their apartment was to take a picture from their balcony! Here is what it looked like. I thought we could do with a quiet photo after this busy and pretty violent week. By the way, these friends have started a (good) coffee business on the Internet. I thought I would give them a hand with their promotion... have a look!

31 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous view. I wish my view looked like that.

    I hope your wife doesn't mind, but I have the biggest crush on you, Eric!

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  2. increadibly beautiful and breathtaking!! Looks like one of those movies from the late sixties! Just love it!

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  3. It's nice to see the City of Lights so beautifully lit.

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  4. Wow Eric, see what a moonlit (full moon at that) sky above Paris will do to people. I think you should ask for references from soosha_q before you leave your wife for this person. Not everything is as it seems over the internet.

    Excellent photo, and seriously, to get the moon shot like that isn't easy. They usually look so big through the lense, but by the time you get the shot, appear too small. Lovely!

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  5. Sleepless in Seatle, no no no, it should be sleepless in Paris, that right?(Maybe not...)

    The moon is so round, isn't it.

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  6. Night shots are very, very tricky, really. Well done!

    If you hadn't said this is Paris 19, I wouldn't have recognized it. Almost looks like some areas of Vancouver.

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  7. Beautiful, warm, color - sepia treatment in photoshop?

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  8. Beautiful shot, Eric, this is a different side of Paris...

    Hi Tomate, you are thinking downtown Vancouver? I think I know which part you are thinking about...

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  9. I appreciate that shot but it could be anywhere on the planet.
    Paris certainly does not come to mind when I look at it.

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  10. Photograph: Paris has many faces, as you know :)

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  11. Your friends have a wonderful view from their balcony. Thanks for sharing! And thanks for taking this beautiful night shot!

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  12. Yes, there are a lot of modern blocks of flats in that area, as in Vancouver. I have friends who live very close to Butte-Chaumont, perhaps in one of those buildings. Tomate, it might remind you of Vancouver as that part of Paris is very hilly; the Butte overlooks Paris as Montmartre does, la Butte Chaumont is further south and east.

    It is something to keep in mind when one is plotting walking times by looking at an old plan de Paris - I found myself hiking uphill through Butte-Chaumont park! I enjoyed the walk and it worked off the good food and wine, but it took me twice as long as I had allotted.

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  13. I'm about to go on a 2 month holiday in Paris and am staying in an apartment in the 19th, just near the Butte-Chaumont. I've heard mixed opinions about the area - is it safe to wander about at night? I'd love to wander along Canal St-Martin, but only if it's safe for a single gal!

    Beautiful photograph, Eric.

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  14. Beautiful photo and a nice view from their apartment. I love the full moon. Every time I've been to Paris, there was a full moon. Very coincidental, never planned. Walking along la Seine at night under the full moon is very romantic.

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  15. J'adore cette photo !

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  16. Great night shot. "Bonne nuit les petits".. :~)

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  17. haha Michael! Like anyone would want to be with me. Just ask my husband! Doesn't stop me from appreciating Paris and Eric, though.

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  18. for those who are intersted:
    http://membres.lycos.fr/parispanoramic/image.htm
    is olso verry nice

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  19. Hi Eric - just watching the news in the UK - it's looking lively over there tonight!!! Hope you're OK and not caught up in the riots

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  20. :::newflash::::
    We regret to inform you that the photographer was devoured by the humongous Smoggash whose shadow can be seen on the buidings, as it creeps up behind him!

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  21. Let's not forget one of the best songs ever by Frank Sinatra:

    Fly Me To The Moon

    Fly me to the moon
    Let me play among the stars
    Let me see what spring is like
    On a-Jupiter and Mars
    In other words, hold my hand
    In other words, baby, kiss me

    Fill my heart with song
    And let me sing for ever more
    You are all I long for
    All I worship and adore
    In other words, please be true
    In other words, I love you

    Fill my heart with song
    Let me sing for ever more
    You are all I long for
    All I worship and adore
    In other words, please be true
    In other words, in other words
    I love ... you

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  22. Nice one, Michael! And not to forget: "Nice 'n Easy Does It Every Time"!!!

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  23. Good ol' Frank. No one can say it better.

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  24. Beautiful Eric!! I havn't been able to check out your blog for about a week boy do I have ALOT of catching up to do! Everyone sent you such beautiful "gifts" more wonderful photos to add to my collection Thanks Eric, and all the other great photographers all over the world. Jena

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  25. I love it! Yeah very tricky for sure for night shots. Tripod or not?

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