Monday, August 21, 2006

Paris, the City of Light (Houses)?


I bet when you think of the city of Paris as the city of Lights, you don’t once think of coming across a Lighthouse (un phare)! Well sure enough, just off the rue Castagnary, you can find this beauty. Associated with a local fish market, this one towers over the street to let people know where to find their fish, but if you want to take a look at some real phares, here’s a link to the ones in France.

Note: I am currently on vacation at the moment and I will be back on August 27. I can read your comments, but will not be able to reply until I return, thank you.

19 comments:

  1. It really is quite odd to see a lighthouse in the middle of a mediterranean city...
    It's pretty though. Does it really lights at night?

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  2. what a great blog! glad i ran across it!

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  3. Ha! Last place I thought you would see a lighthouse. LOL

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  4. I will be frank: i can't believe it is in Paris! I would have bet is was in "Bretagne", all the more when looking at the clouds!
    I will look for this lighthouse next time i go to the "Parc Gearges Brassens" not far from there.

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  5. I can't see it somehow. Is it miniature? I need more visual context.

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  6. A lighthouse in Paris?!!! Cool!! Er... I meant, how nice! ;)

    Luggi: it doesn't look miniature to me.

    Haxo: Where is Park Georges Brassens?

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  7. The clouds in the background really make this picture stand out. I like it.

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  8. Tomate farcie,
    The Parc Geoges Brassens is in the 15 arrondissement (south of Paris). The best is to go to the metro station "Porte de Vanves", then you will cross the rue Castagnary where the lighthouse is.
    The park used to be "abattoirs" not so long ago (still in the 60ies i think). The entrance "rue des Morillons" (where the "objets trouvés" in Paris are kept some buildings reminding of this.
    Now, it is a great and peaceful park where you even have some vineyards and hives (ruches).
    If you go there, go through the "rue Santos Dumont" (where Brassens used to live before going to the impasse Florimont farer from there) to reach the "Villa Santos Dumont" which is a countryside-style dead-end with beautiful artists-style houses.

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  9. Really "cool" lighthouse Eric. I never have seen this and I too thought it belonged on Brittany Daily Photo. Definitely not "cliché" !

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  10. I love the white red and blue colors of this photo! Beautiful!

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  11. Hi everyone.

    Glad to see PDP is in good hands while I am away (thank you Haxo for all the info ;)

    And yes Luggi, like Tomate said it,s really not miniature.

    More when İ come back from vacation. I go back to the pool now ;)

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  12. Please hurry back Eric...I seem to have created a stir I didn't mean to start. I really do love this photo and the perspective you've given it.

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  13. I knew he couldn't stay away for the whole vacation! ;^)
    This lighthouse photo is wonderful, and I will look forward to learning it's relative size (and if the fish shop is a good one to visit!).
    -Kim

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  14. Enjoy the pool Eric...keep an eye out for those snakes! Merci pour "Un Phare"!! I grew up in New England and we are famous for our Lighthouses..here in Northern California the most famous one is at Pigeon Point, a lovely sight!!

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  15. Cool, Haxo, thanks. I saw that Park on a city map when I was in Paris but it didn't ring a bell to me at all then. I think I saw the area of the abattoirs a very, very long time ago, but I hardly remember it now. Georges Brassens totally deserves a park! :)

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  16. I knew there was a lighthouse in Paris! Being interestedin archetecture of all kinds I was watching a program on lighthouses on Discovery Channel some time a few months ago.

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  17. I just love this Eric, certainly was not expected to be found on a Paris site!

    Curly's Photoshop

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