Friday, December 07, 2007

The (hunch) back of Notre-Dame


I had to show you this. "This" is the back of Notre-Dame, the magnificent cathedral located on the Ile de la Cité that you probably have seen if you already made it to Paris. The good news is that, since yesterday it's now lit from the back as you can see on this photo (I already showed the front here). What more to say: it's gorgeous!

36 comments:

  1. one scientist once said the 'vilain ciel de paris' because there is too much population/light and you cannot see the stars ... but does it matter ... very nice picture
    inge

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  2. Woooowwwww! I'm speechless!!!!

    I haven't even read the text in the post yet... I'm hypnotized by this view!!!!

    there's a lovely little garden in the back of Notre Dame too, in case some people never noticed it.

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  3. I heard they are opening a special ecologically based cafe in that area. The idea is, that everything including the food and the wrapping is going to be able to be recycled, and they are going to have special bins to put them in and give you money back if you do that properly. It's going to be called "The Lunch Back of Notre-Dame". Bah-boom.

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  4. You already said it, but I will repeat it. Its gorgeous.

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  5. It took my breath away...amazing!

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  6. What can I say?! It is splendid. You selected the right tone for the photo.

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  7. And your picture is g.o.r.g.e.o.u.s!!! Love those sepia tones. Very pretty.

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  8. Mwaaaahhh!!! Lol, Ham! ;)

    Beautiful shot, Eric.

    tomate farcie

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  9. It is, quite simply, one of the most beautiful buildings man had created.

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  10. Ham...you crack me up. Hey, about this: if you don't throw away your trash properly at this new cafe and you litter the grounds, you're gonna be getting the "punch back from Notre Dame" (and many others no doubt). Bidda-boom!

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  11. lighting and tone selection certainly make this shot. I love it. I took a photo of the floodlit front of this beautiful building this year. I will need to return to complete my set!

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  12. This is the view that I prefer, mostly because it's almost the same angle as where my street came out at the river (near the Quai des Bernardins--I lived on Rue des Bernardins). Gotta say--I love those buttresses! :)

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  13. Oh La La! I am homesick! Gorgeous photo, Eric.

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  14. You are really amazing Eric. Where do you find these wonderful filters ("filter" : is this correct or an awfull gallicism ?) ?

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  15. I think the back-end is more impressive than the front! Wow. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for not being bored by all the beauty that surrounds you.

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  16. Stunning photograph of this wonderful cathedral. I normally stay very near here when I'm in Paris. beautiful colours to the photo too.

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  17. Even though "Our Lady" may be considered as the finest example of French Renaissance architecture in all of Paris (and l'univers entier), do we consider this beautiful cathédrale as epitomizing the spirit of your fair city?
    I think that we do.
    This new light that you have shown us, must surely place Notre Dame before other landmarks such as la Tour Eiffel and all others.
    I just love to sit at the little café at the end of the Rue Saint-Louis en L'Île, and contemplate the organists who, wind permitting, send their harmony to welcome the world to Paris.
    Paris has harmony, and this shot captures it. Bravo !

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  18. Groan, Ham... :) You're embarrassing me by showing our British humour.

    Wow Eric this is really stunning. Like the sky colour too. A golden pic.

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  19. Mmmmmh, To 'Lunge' back to Notre Dame, could be a tourist promotion ?
    Avec des sandwichs au jambon?

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  20. I've just returned from Paris after a short (dampish!) break (sigh). Asked in Shakespeare & Co whether the cat ever returned, sadly it didn't. They now have a black Labrador puppy they have named Colette!

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  21. The American baseball player, Joe DiMaggio, supposedly said that Notre-Dame had the second most beautiful rear in the world. First place went to his wife (he was married to Marilyn Monroe at the time).

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  22. Really bad Ham...but laughing anyway!

    Eric, on the other hand, this photo is really beautiful. Nevermind nasty gg. We have to "filter" him once in a while! ;-) You should definitely include this in your 2009 calendar!

    On that note, I came across this news story that I thought I should pass along...

    The hunchback of notre dame dies so they need to find a new bell-ringer. this guy with no arms comes along and says he can do it. "But you've got no arms!", everyone explains. He says, "I'll use my mouth."

    So he uses his mouth to ring the bell and goes flying out of the window because the bell is so heavy.

    He's lying dead on the ground and a big crowd gathers. "Who's that guy?" one person asks.

    A woman shakes her head and says, "I don't know, but his face rings a bell!!"

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  23. ...And the next applicant is the dad man's brother, and he gets the job. He does the same thing, with the same tragic result. Somebody asks "who is this guy?" A woman says "I don't know, but he's a dead ringer for the last one."

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  24. I, too, love the rear view of Notre Dame as much as the front. The garden underneath is lovely (thank you, Monica), and the flying buttresses, oh, what soaring beauty. Nice shot. At night, the gothic creations take on a whole different life.

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  25. I had the feeling you'd like this photo ;)

    But I had no idea you would come up with all these jokes - Ham I hold you responsible!!

    I laughed a lot I must say...

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  26. Oh Jeff, I prayed you wouldn't go there, buttress you did!

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  27. Stunning picture, Eric!

    Notre Dame is so beautiful, it almost makes me wish I was Catholic.

    :)

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  28. M.Benaut, I know exactly what you mean, I too love to sit at Saint Louis en Lile and do the same thing you do!! Thanks for bringing me sweet memories of that place.

    Jeff, glad you know that garden too, lovely insn't it?!

    err.. Michael, I think you've told us that joke before... nevermind, I still get a kick out of any of your jokes!!!

    :-)

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  29. LOL Monica! For you "oldies" to PDP I'm sure!

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  30. Formidable Eric...I'm sure we will see this on a calendar soon??

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