Thursday, November 02, 2006

Watch your step


Taken in the Galerie Vivienne, not far from where I showed you the Grand Colbert restaurant, this mosaic floor caught my eye. You can get a glimpse of the artist at the same time as enjoying the workmanship of the floor. Gian Donimico Facchina was born in Sequals, Italy in 1826. He was a celebrated mosaïste and decorated a number of buildings in Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceana.

38 comments:

  1. Ah, yes! And well it should have caught your eye. Mosaics are always beautiful, and this seems to have a traditional border.

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  2. I need to check my photos of the passages in the area to see if I caught this floor. Cool shot, Eric. (Oops, there goes another royalty payment to Michael.) I did get the Grand Colbert restaurant with its art nouveau/Jules Verne facade. It's a lovely area for walking.

    (On yesterday's comments, I hadn't watched the videos when I commented. I guess it's a common theme.)

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  3. I am always impressed by mosaics. As a result, we photosnap them whenever and wherever. I am particularly fond of the ancient ones found in the museums of Paris. Even though some are missing bits and pieces, they are exquisite. My places to see keeps growing as I visit your blog each day. Dave and I must plan another five-weeker in Paris. Eric,I am always enthralled by the composition of your photos. This one is no exception.

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  4. I love mosaics too! They have so much detail and really transform this floor into a work of art!

    Greetings from Chile

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  5. lol @ jeff! If Michael really was getting royalities every time someone used "cool" he'd be a billionaire and my new best friend!!!

    Excellent photo!

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  6. A very cool shot.....nice that the artist could sign his work...and that you could trace that work down.

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  7. hu........nice floor!!
    :))
    colourful and nice mosaic!!
    maybe i could try to find did he come to shanghai before??would be very fun if i could found some information.
    ...Jing
    i go to check....

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  8. Have I mentioned that I love this blog...because well I do.

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  9. Beautiful. I love mosaic floors so much.

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  10. la galerie vivienne est magnifique (j'ais travaille a cote, a la bourse de paris) et les mosaiques sur le sol sont tres belles.

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  11. Eric, I was just wondering, what kind of camera do you have? (type and model)

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  12. Jeff and soosha_q, you know that "cool" is just a word that slips out. It's kind of all encompassing at times. Jeff, you would have been in the same passage as this mosaic floor if you were at the Grand Colbert...probably even walked on it. The Galerie Vivenne is one of the prettiest of passages in Paris.

    Love the shot Eric. You find the weirdest (and coolest) things to point your camera at. Don't people stare?!

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  13. The mosaic floor in this passage is truly beautiful. I love the passages in Paris.

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  14. Nice! We have many mosaic floors similar to this in Melbourne, they can add such style to an entrance.

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  15. I know, Michael, I use cool a lot too. And Awesome. So much so that my son has started calling everything either cool or awesome. So I was just playing with you a litle. Hope I didn't offend or anything. I'd never forgive myself if I did, you're just too good of a guy!

    Ah, off to work. Have a good day, all.

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  16. I LOVE the title of your pic:)

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  17. what an art piece to step on! and yes, nice title!

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  18. Mosaic floors are less boring than modern floors. I remember spending a lot of time staring at them when I was a child. I don't remember any with the author's details though, at least not on floors. Good finding Eric.

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  19. Hi Eric:

    I also wonder the same, how can I take two daily photoblogs? hehehe. I still have photos of Trujillo in my archive. I really love my city, when my archive finishes, I will try to get more photos. Giulianna is a friend of mine, she is doing a good job with her blog too.

    A big hug from a peruvian in Barcelona

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  20. soosha_q said, "Hope I didn't offend or anything. I'd never forgive myself if I did..."

    Of course not. If I could be a billionaire just by saying "cool" I'd do it! Hope work was great.

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  21. Lovely shot Eric, it shows a lot of detail. I'd be scared to walk on it!

    Curly's Photoshop

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  22. Verry nice place the "galleries Vivinne" if you go there, don't forget to have a glass of wine at "les caves Legrand" one of the oldest "cave" in Paris.
    Ask for Mathieu is is very friendly

    Enjoy Carpe Diem

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  23. I wanted to say "Galerie Vivienne"

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  24. Hey Eric, what do you call a frog walking along this floor? But a Rep-TILE of course!

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  25. An excelent story about this flore eric.

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  26. And Michael...

    Q: What do you call a lizard that sings?
    A: A rap-tile!

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  27. Oh the jokes! I tell ya, we could just start up a PDP standup routine and tour! Wish I had something to add. Well, I have a couple of jokes from Halloween, but they don't exactly go with the jokes right now. Regardless, I'm gonna tell you my two faves from Tuesday:

    Q:What do you call a dead cow that's come back to life?

    A: Zom-BEEF!

    Knock Knock.

    (Who's there?)

    I eat mop!

    HAHAHAHAHAHA...-ehem. Sorry.

    Michael: So glad I didn't offend. Work was....well, work. Except when I was pretending to work, at which point it because fun with my DS.

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  28. ...and what do we call guys who stares at mosaics too long?

    Uh oh: what do we call our Paris blogger who does that? (Is that dysfunctional?)

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  29. I love your site. It's like visiting Paris again! I have made a similar one from UK. Perhaps you would like to see it. It's very early days so keep visiting!
    www.ukdailyphoto.blogspot.com

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  30. It is five o'clock our time...can't wait 'til six so I can see Eric's next photo. Can one become addicted to photos? At least it is something grand for which to look forward.

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  31. This is so interesting! A mosaiste whose craftsmanship was in such demand that he traveled the world (in the 1800s!) to create works in foreign lands. I wonder if anyone in other cities can find some work of his there to post. More royalties to Michael, cuz this is a tres cool shot,
    -Kim

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  32. I love these old Passages. And they bring back heaps of childhood memories.

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  33. Were you lying on the floor of these passages Tomate?

    "What kind of memories?", asked Dr. Freud.

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  34. lovely pics. Realy enjoyed the site! loved the mosaic. didn't know china was that unpopular then. s'cuse my spelling. :)

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