Monday, October 30, 2006

The Autumn Sun


As the time changes, so does the sunlight above Paris. Here we are in the gardens of the Palais Royal at around 4pm I believe. Everyone was out – the children playing, the dogs, and this backpacker heading who knows where! One of the last joys of the outdoors before the cold arrives.

25 comments:

  1. Fantastic! The whole composition really "works"! You do a wonderful job with ParisDailyPhoto,Eric.

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  2. I feel like I am there looking over your shoulder while you are taking the photo.

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  3. The spray of water almost looks like a bouquet--the shape, that is.

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  4. Sigh, when we were there last week, the weather was just beautiful. We came home to 3 feet of snow :(. I wonder, how cold is cold for a Paris winter?

    Michael, yesterday you said:"I recommend everyone live in a different country for at least a few years to appreciate your own culture as well as the other's. You discover a lot about yourself."

    We spent 15 days in Europe, between Rome, Barcelona and Paris and before we left it never occured to me how fish-out-of-water I would feel when not able to speak the local language, no matter what country. It gave me a much fuller appreciation to others who may be in *my* country and not able to read a sign in a restaurant, watch a tv show or communicate a need or want. I feel humbled by the experience. Parisians were incredibly quick to speak English when they knew I was doing my best to butcher their beautiful language and were exceptionally helpful and gracious.

    Sorry...I'm wandering. Beautiful photo Eric!!!!

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  5. Oooooooooooooo...looks like a fireboat spray! Magnifique! And YEAH...I didn't really GO anywhere Eric...so YEAH I wanna be BACK! You took me all the way off your page...waaaaaaaaaaah! Not even on your City Blog..WAAAAAAAAH! LOL! ;-) You know I'm just being silly...isn't it about time for a naked self-portrait shot? OOOPS! I didn't really say that...it was my cabernet talking! =))))

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  6. Ooooooooooooo, one more thing...just where IS your portal? If this is too personal a question, just let me know, LOL! Someone else (Lavender Lady) who must be familiar with your "portal" (hmmmmmmmmmmm?!?!)said she saw my shot there too...I'm confuuuuuuuuuuuuuused! ;-)

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  7. I love les Jardins du Palais Royal. It's a piece of quietness right in the middle of the frantic city. And for some reason, out of the traditional tourist tour.
    Surrounded by lovely old classic buildings such as La Comedie Francaise, on sunny afternoons you can spot little parisians playing in the sandbox 2 meters from this fountain. While the English or Brazilian au-pair is chatting with a backpacker passing by...
    Good catch Eric. We do feel the atmosphere.

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  8. Wonderful spray and a b+w too!

    >>last joys of the outdoors before the cold arrives.>>

    Yes. Today's my sister's 65th and she had an outdoor birthday party of about 30 people. We laughed and talked in the sunshine, ate, drank, watched football on a large rented TV and enjoyed the gusty breezes and the continuous leaf showers. Marvelous!

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  9. Lovely shot Eric, and I'm sure the people in Paris will agree, it captures the temperature and sentiment perfectly.

    Gypsy Canadienne, when I first moved to France I spoke no French. But coming from Miami, I was determined to try after I saw how we treat those who come to the U.S. when they don't try. I'm sure the people you came across really appreciated you making an effort.

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  10. the fountain is divine but I especially love the silhouette to the 2 people watching on. good one eric. and thanks for the Fanpop heads-up. ;)

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  11. Michael,
    I lived many years in Miami, then in Ft. Lauderdale. I was there when the big arrival of Cubans began. I loved the language and the culture. I reveled in their movies, food, etc. They revived a very dead Miami that was full of empty stores and abandoned houses.

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  12. Hello Eric,
    After Montmartre, in second place I love really the Palais Royal... The gardens are perfectly all the time... in the summer... you can take the sun on the Buren's columns... in autumn you can go for a walk... in winter... the garden is a desert... and you have a private garden for you... at spring it's a pleasure to discover the sculputes of an artist...
    Thanks for these recollections.

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  13. Merci beaucoup pour les belles photos. Je ne peut pas aller a Paris cet automne, mais votre photos sont une petit vyoage pour moi. Merci encore.

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  14. hi eric,
    that's so funny, I was at Palais royal yesterday at 4PM. the light was beautiful.

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  15. Lovely shot, made all the more interesting by the silhouetted figures. Eric, are you getting over your shyness about taking people pictures?

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  16. Well Eric, I just adore the lovely Autumn photos you have been posting lately. Unfortunately they are making me quite nostalgic for Paris and my next trip won't be until the Spring of 2007...and a weekend of R Steeves travel specials about Paris all this past weekend on PBS didn't help either. I could just cry when it shows him eating at Cafe du Marche on the rue Cler, a favorite spot of mine for many years. Merci encore!

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  17. Les Jardins du Palais Royale: there's a very unusual vibe there. It is an escape from the hustle of rue Rivoli and Place de la Theatre (oops, not called that anymore, it's our Pissarro painting I'm remembering). I have a photo I'm proud of: deux femmes Parisiennes in this exact spot, with their boots on the fountain edge, the water shooting up, eating lunch before returning to work in the shops.
    Next year: hmmm. The Vatican three days, Florence (the Uffizi) three days, a few days in Provence, then end up in Paris. April to early May?

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  18. Ooh. S'il vous plait, pardonez mon Francais mal. I need to work on those adjectives.

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  19. Hi everyone, sorry it's late, so just a quick answer.

    Ame, I am pretty sure I included you in the mailing list to let you know. Anyway... Just for you (well and those who will read this comment!) you'll find it on www.dailyphotoblog.com
    Now the tricky part: it's a beta version so everything is not perfect. That is why it's still password protected. So once you're prompted for a login and password type: login: me - Password: ILoveCDPB! (case sensitive and don't forget the exclamation point)

    BV. I love the "Au pair" passage. And "tu ne crois pas si bien dire" when you talk about little parisians. Wait a couple of days...

    Happy birthday to your sis from Paris Ujima. You sound like such a lovely lady all the time, I am sure it runs in the family!

    Marie-josé, I'll show more of it soon...

    Richard, I did not have my Paris daily Photo T-shirt on, otherwise you could have spoted me!

    Marie, I am not shy with taking people pics but I know it's not really leagl, so I try to pay attention...

    Kpgallant, don't cry over a TV show! cafe du marché, I think is where I had a coffee with Rodney (from Aliso viejo daily photo) when he came to Paris.

    He Jeff, long time no see. Good to see you back. Where is Tomate by the way??? You're gonna love Provence.

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  20. Pas facile, le contre jour. Good one, though! (I was out of town for a few days, Eric; also, it's good to step away from the computer(s) now and then, trust me :-).

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