Thursday, March 22, 2007

Paris light


Sometimes the light in Paris can be extremely beautiful. That is what I thought when I took this photo on rue de Rivoli. The building on the left is actually the facade of Saint Paul church (where I took this photo).

56 comments:

  1. You have a superb eye for an angle Eric. If you write like this, you must publish some great articles!

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  3. Really beautiful Eric. And I agree, the angle is wonderful. It's like the building is holding up the sky.

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  4. Eric,

    I want to tell you that I have really enjoyed looking back at your photos from 2005. I would point out a few of my favorites but there are too many (and I have only reached September so there are more to go)!

    Also, I've read some of the comments (especially your views) from back then (although most are all in French). After reading the post about "some want to close the borders again" and the personal insults by some of the readers, I think I now understand why you are less prone to express your opinions!

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  5. Pretty sky Eric, with a touch of pink so must have been near sunset?

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  6. Seems like spring has arrived in Paris for good! I think this is a spring sky! Beautiful!

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  7. Michael thanks for the info about TGV. Promise I won't bother you no more!

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  8. Oh that is so beautiful! Recognized St Paul's immediately, and I loved the photo you posted of the candle inside the church, but something about the front of that church has always given me the creeps! Maybe something bad happened to me there in another life!! LOL!!

    Is is really spring in Paris??? I remember a very bad hailstorm[averse de grele??]one April in Paris...and it was my birthday!!! LOL!!

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  9. Indeed you have a keen eye for taking pictures Eric.

    I congratulate you on being able to capture the bird in the picture you must have waited for hours to do this (joking).

    I have enjoyed your blog since discovering it and every picture has been great to look at, except for those where Lynn lavishes you with copliments and those have been hard to look at. I guess that is the wholle blog he he, or lol.

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  10. I meant whole and not wholle. Look what you did Lynn.

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  11. I'm always in a hurry to do something in the Marais when I get off at St. Paul. Time to stop and discover the bones inside an old familiar "friend". Thanks Eric, as that is what your site is all about for me.

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  12. Nice, peaceful. St Paul's silhouette even brings a touch of heaven to it...

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  13. I notice that Phoenix mentioned Marais...is St. Paul
    "http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=382317846&context=set-72157594522102228&size=l">this church
    ? I never went in but have since wondered what it's name was.

    I LOVED staying in Marais by the way!

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  14. It looks that it needs some cleaning. Pretty expensive to do this I guess.

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  15. Glad to see Paris is having some nice weather lately. Time to book a little trip! :D

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  16. I love this photo. Now if "they" would only apply some TLC to the facade of Saint Paul Church. It has been neglected for too long.

    I hope someone reads this and responds: What is the info on the huge stage curtain at Theatre du Chatelet? I couldn't figure out what it depicts. I have found nothing about it on the web as yet. I guess that it was painted not woven as a tapestry.

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  17. johnny...I left you a little note in yesterday's comments. Did you notice?? Not about Theatre du Chatelet though..desole'. kpg

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  18. Johnny,

    I responded as well on the post where you asked about GWB.

    I'm hoping somone will respond to my question whether the church in my link above is Saint Paul Church. If not, If anyone knows the name of it, I sure would appreciate knowing.

    Thanks!

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  19. Susan, I'm not an expert on St. Paul's church so not quite sure about your link, but the photos on your Flickr page are wonderful. Why don't you have your own Atlanta daily photo blog?

    Johnny, you have me stumped. Where's Haxo when you need him?

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  20. There are so many beautiful churches in Paris - thanks for bringing this one to my attention. Like Johnny, thanks to you, Eric - I make little notes to myself of places I want to check out when I am lucky enough to return.

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  21. Oh! Thank you so much Michael!

    I toyed with the idea for about a day but then kind of forgot about it! I've always loved taking pictures and finally replaced my film camera with a digital last year.

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  22. Susan, you're welcome. And seeing that you're from Georgia and left the other comments about linguistics, I found this joke just for you. Johnny will probably appreciate this too, living in Kentucky! Sorry Eric, it has absolutely NOTHING to do with the photo!!

    Having been served in a Las Vegas cocktail lounge, a real southern gentleman beckoned the waitress back and said quietly, "Miss, y'all sure are a luvly, luvly lady; can ah persuade y'all to give me a piece uh ass?"

    "Lord, that's the most direct proposition I've ever had!" gasped the girl. Then she looked around the room, smiled and added, "Sure, why not? You're nice lookin' too and it's pretty slow here right now, so why don't we just slip away up to my room?"

    When the pair returned half an hour later, the man sat down at the same table and the waitress asked, "Will there be anything else, sir?"

    "Why yes," replied the southern gentleman. "Ah sure 'preciate what y'all just did for me; it was real sweet and right neighbourly, but where ah come from in Tifton, Georgia, we lack our bourbon real cold, so ah still need to trouble y'all for a piece uh ass for mah drink."

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  23. I don't get it...........

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  24. Superb photo, Eric. I read your advice about taking photos from different angles - this is a great example. Jx

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  25. i like the photo, Eric! Indeed, sometimes light in Paris is so beautiful!

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  26. Such a soft European light... so different to the strong blues we get downunder. I'm actually posting a large portion of sky too today. Come and see the difference. I often think of Paul Gauguin here, how the sharp contrasts and shocking colours take some adjusting too... I come to Paris to rest my eyes!

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  27. Anon: Ass = ice.

    Very funny Michael!! Have you recovered from our ride yesterday?

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  28. LOL...a Brit translating "southern speech"...

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  29. LOL yes it felt uncomfortable to say the least lol! Have a good day now, y'all!

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  30. Michael,
    A little plug for you and some sunny (?) skies on Adelaide DP, today Monsieur.

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  31. This looks like it could be from a painting or film called, "The last days of Pompeii"! Very beautiful!

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  32. Michael, you southern joke is quite funny.

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  33. Nathalie thought of Gauguin, but this looks pure Magritte to me. (Sorry to introduce a Belgian note here:)

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  34. oh GRR! See? (stamping foot) it NEVER works for me.

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  35. Yay yay i did it! Jumping up and down out of all proportion! I was putting www. instead of http:// he he thanks MIchael ! x

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  36. >Lynn. That is nice of you t say. My writing is very different from my pictures though - well I think. Much more down to earth.

    > Michael. Thanks. "It's like the building is holding up the sky.". Where did you find this??

    > Susan. You went all the way back to 2005! And you picked the few posts where I actually gave my opinion I see... Well, yes, I do not always share the common idea (in France) that the French have the best society so I tend to look over the borders from time to time...

    > Madame Benaut. He he good observation. (I'm not lucky enough to have snow like you do in Adelaide!! - you have to visit Adelaide Daily Photo today to understand...)

    > Monica. Spring came and spring is now leaving Grrrr!

    > Kpgallant. Averse de grêle is correct. And yes it can happen in April in Paris although pretty rare.

    > Clo. I did not wait hours to catch the bird on this photo, I just photoshoped it (just kidding!). Don't read the rest Lynn!!

    > Phx-jfk-lhr-cdg. I'm not sure I understand this old bones thing, but I'm sure it's nice ;)

    > Bv, you are such a poet! Si, si...

    > Susan. No it's not. This one says "Eglise réformée du Marais" so it's a protestant church. Find out more here (in French). And I agree with Michael your photos on flickr are superb.

    > Michael. if it weren't for our translator Lynn, I would not have understood your story either. Now I get it. Di dyou anonymous?

    > Jilly. Thanks a lot. Now the problem is: how to find the right angle!

    > Michelle. ;)

    > Lionelo. One never thinks too much! You should try some day...

    > Nathalie. Yes I saw your photo - on the portal only I must say - and it looked really beautiful. In fact it's funny haw there is definitely a different kind of light depending on the region where you live.

    > Metaphysicalmama. Uhh. the last days of Pompeii?! Now that I think of it...

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  37. Eric, I´m sorry to hear that spring is leaving... but it will be back pretty soon, trust me!

    Lynn, happy to know that you finally learnet how to put a link here. I´ve got a feeling that now you won´t be able to stop ´linking´!

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  38. he he! Thought i'd share with you my favourite French singer, here, just because... i can!!! Okay don't worry i'll stop here. For a while. lol.

    Elsa

    I have many of her CDs but unfortunately there is not much of her at Youtube. Hope some of you might enjoy...

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  39. Michael,

    That was cute! I sat here, read the joke, and then immediately read the next post, very deadpan : "I don't get it" and that's when I cracked up laughing!

    The only thing wrong with it is that you never say "y'all" to just one person. It always means more that one person: you all=y'all. Just in case anyone out there wants to practice their southern-speak ;-)

    Y'all have a good day now....ya hear!

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  40. Thanks for answering my question Eric! And for the link.

    I just got a package from UPS. Guess what it was? I coffee table book of Paris titled, "Paris Mon Amour." Beautiful black and white photography! It was a surprise!

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  41. Fabulous joke, Michael!

    Lovely picture, Eric. So tranquil. The exact opposite of what my day's been!

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  42. Yhat is really a great pic.
    I really wonder how you succeeded to take such a peaceful view in this busy area!

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  43. Hey everyone...

    I just came from the Top 100 Bloggers site and see that the City Daily Photo portal is listed there.

    If you want to support CDP and all the DP blogs, go here to vote. Of course, be sure to send the link to all of your friends too!

    (Of course, you can only vote once!)

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  44. Of course, "of course" was a bit redundant above, of course.

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  45. Susan in Atlanta...Your flickr photos are fantastic!! Really!! You had great weather while you were there, ehhh??

    My heart jumped a little when I saw the photo of the little blue truck from Poujauran Boulangerie et Patissier, my favorite boulangerie in Paris!! I usually stay right around the corner from there! Thanks..Boo-Hoo!

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  46. I see that charch evermorning and everynight :)

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  47. Thank you Kp.

    How did you know the truck was from Poujauran? Wow! I didn't know that...lol.

    That was taken in the 7th. Went to a charming restaurant close by...I took a picture of my dessert it was SO good! ha!

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  48. Eric, it looks you have a fascination with light too. I try to snatch as many shots of the beautiful light of winter in La Antigua Guatemala.

    Now you are talking about language differences between Canada and France, I am curious to know why you don't write façade instead of facade, since façade is the preferred spelling in English to highlight its French origin?

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