Tuesday, September 11, 2007

A view from the Ferris wheel


I wanted to keep it for a while but I could not resist posting it today. So, here is the photo I managed to take from the Ferris Wheel despite my vertigo and the lack of light! Needless to say that it's a pretty unusual point of view. On the left you can see the Obelisque of Louxor (that was given to France by Egyptian vice king Mehemet Ali in 1826 - some sources say 1830) , in the background the Arc de Triomphe and the long avenue in between is... Les Champs Elysées. Click on the image if you want to enlarge it.

41 comments:

  1. No, this doesn't make me homesick. Not at all. No...

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  2. Oh Eric....I think I may cry. Amazing.

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  3. This is an awesome picture, Eric. Thank you for being so brave. I don't think I could have did what you did. All viewers, you must enlarge the photo so you can see the markings on the Obelisque of Louxor. Nice job, Eric.

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  4. I think it's official: I love your night shots of Paris best!

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  5. I give you all kinds of awards for getting on this...especially with vertigo..I am so with you on that...you got a great shot...must be why you're the professional!!!lol

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  6. Yes, you get the Alfred Hitchcock Vertigo poster award! I REALLY feel it!

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  7. Another (yet another!) fabulous, classic view of Paris done with a remarkable (vertiginous, yet) artist's eye.

    The avenue, in shape and angle, could almost be a shadow of the obelisk, both with distinctive crowning features. The Egyptian hieroglyphs, with their paean to gods or pharaohs can be contrasted with the features scrawling across the avenue. A modern paean to commerce, movement, oil consumption, transport, ceaseless activity, electric technology... A message being "gifted" to and repeated across the entire Earth, at the moment.

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  8. Let's see...it's been a little over 18 months since I've been to Paris last...and this reminds me of why I love coming. Thanks for the great pic!

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  9. What a great shot. What a beautiful city you live in.

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  10. Tres manifique. Yep, you definitely get the bravery award and have every right to feel proud for getting it. The detail of the inscriptions on the obelisk is just fantastic.

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  11. Wow! Glad I clicked for the enlarged image because it is extraordinary with the detail of the Obelisque and the magical view of all the couples strolling in the city of lights and romance. The couple in the lower right by the crossing are perhaps sharing a kiss to be remembered. This photo captures so much. Great work, Eric!

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  12. Awwww...Eric...merci for not keeping us in suspense! Excellent!!! Super..Super...Superbe!! After your dinner on the Left Bank...the Tuileries etc...even the grainy texture on the blow up is cool!!

    I need to take a break from PDP, the photos of the last few days have been really lovely...and the nostalgia is taking it's toll...and all I have tonight is some lousy Catherine Deneuve film on TV5-Monde!! LOL!!! Keep it up Eric!!! ;-)

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  13. Love this one ! Great picture and it worth it to enlarge it, you can see the hieroglyphs of the Obelisque...

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  14. Wow! What a great picture--although it does make me dizzy as well!

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  15. I like the colors of the lights! Great photo Eric!

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  16. This is a superlative photo.

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  17. You could have teased us and delayed the release of this incroyable photo, and it would have been worth the wait!!!! Les Champs Elysees at night wraps one up in a different energy of light and colors. You deserved a nice granitas after securing this deLIGHTful shot, Eric. :)
    Loraine

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  18. This photo is fantastic!!! You should get an award for it.

    Thank you,, thank you, thank you Eric for allowing us to see such beautiful (and unusual) views of Paris!!!

    Paris me manque beaucoup...!

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  19. Hey, Tonton, all I had last night was a lousy city council meeting, so Catherine Deneuve sounds pretty good to me. (I can guarantee that the woman on the council does not resemble Deneuve!)

    Yeah, I guess this photo is ok...!!! Eric, it's lovely. Well done. I'm printing this one for my office wall.

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  20. j'adore cette photo! thanks for posting it.

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  21. Oh Eric, this is a wonderful treat. You must have been so excited to know you captured this! Thank you! I'm getting elevator stomach just thinking of that giant wheel. You get the brave photographer award and kudos for another of your magnificent night shots. You should kiss that camera of yours!

    Tall Gary had some astute observations about the photo that I agree with. And although I do feel for tonton_flaneur's plight, there really are NO lousy Catherine Deneuve films. ;^) Outside of PDP, its one of the better fixes people in Paris withdrawls can get. Which brings up a question: What films has everyone enjoyed that feature Paris as the setting? I remember seeing one that featured a ferris wheel in Tuileries. What are others?

    -Kim

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  22. C'est amusant la semaine dernière, j'ai également fait un tour de grande roue (c'est la foire de septembre). J'en avais profité pour faire quelques photos pour le blog. A Nantes, la grande roue monte à 47 mètres. Qu'en est-il à Paris ?

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  23. What a fantastic photo, one of my favourite places in Paris! I really wish I was there now.

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  24. Eric - This is exquisite. It has replaced Charles Aznavour as background on my computer. Thank you so much.

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  25. I went on "la roue" several years ago - it seems to be in the same place (at the entrance to the Jardin des Tuilieries)... but a couple of years ago they had moved it over by the Rue du Rivoli.

    Anybody know why? (much better view from where it is back to now)

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  26. I wasn't sure how to describe the feeling so I waited a little. I think I know how to say it now...

    This picture has made me feel the way it did when, as a kid, I woke up on X-mas morning and I saw the X-mas tree with the presents underneath for the first time.

    Thank you!

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  27. ;) Tomate !

    I was sure you would all like this photo - as I do!

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  28. LOL!!! mais non...kim et jeff...j'adore Deneuve!! But my only consolation was her film on TV5 Monde last night...and "ahemmm"...believe me...it was not one of her best...she is an acquired taste anyway, but a most beautiful woman[actually voted the most beautiful woman in the world at one time]...I tried to find the name of the movie for you but couldn't...perhaps later! Instead, savor the view from the ferris wheel!! LOL!!!

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  29. Superbe!!! Merci d'avoir bravé ton vertige pour nous l'offrir.

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  30. I like this view taken from the height of the unseen ferris wheel. It's lovely. Must of been fun to be in the photographer's seat.

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  31. Incredible shot, Eric. Bravo for your braveness, encore!

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  32. I love this photo, too. Amazing how the desire to "get the shot" can help a person triumph over things like vertigo...

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  33. Outstanding photo! At night and on a moving ride; a difficult photo to take. A beautiful scene.

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  34. A really nice photo, I agree 100%. Why don't you have it made into a custom wall mural? It would look fantastic.

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  35. Something for your Zazzle store Eric? Excellent view and something you just can't appreciate the same way from the ground.

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  36. Yes Michael, great idea! Eric, please offer this and the photo from the church entrance on your Zazzle store. Thanks!
    -Kim

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  37. Each day I look forward to a glimpse of Paris on my vicarious vacation. This one is very special -- thank you for sharing it. /glee

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