Tuesday, December 18, 2007

A little tribute to Simon Bolivar

You probably all know Bolivia, the country located in South America. You may not know, however, that this country owes its name to Simón Bolívar, a South American heroe. And what you surely don't know is that this senior died on a 17 December (1830). To celebrate this death, there was a little ceremony this morning by the statue of Simón Bolívar located near the Pont des Invalides and since I happened to be there at that moment, well I couldn't help taking a photo!


  1. I think these soldiers are waiting for the PDP exclusive story on Sarkozy's new belle amie.

    But seriously, I think it's cool that France recognizes Senor Bolivar.

  2. I like the képis!
    Carla Bruni is hanging out with Sarkozy?!!! Damn.

  3. All those wonderful statues in Paris, and to think there was a celebration for Simon Bolivar's
    birthday. That is partly what makes your city great. Also, think about how many euros that cost the government, and no demonstrations about it either.
    In contrast, the only statue of sorts we have in Scottsdale Arizona is a buckin' bronco with a cowboy riding it. YAWN.

  4. Mmmmm. French men in uniform :-). Difficult to resist taking a photo.

  5. Of course you couldn't resist, Eric, faithful Parisian photographer that you are! Well spotted. And I didn't know about the Bolivia/Bolivar story - thanks!

  6. Hi Eric, I am a long time reader but have never commented before.

    I have a funny story about this statue. Last March my husband took me to Paris to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. I was instantly smitten with your city and that is the reason I read your blog every day. I can't get enough Paris and I can't wait to go back.

    I am originally from Venezuela (live in the US now), as Bolivar was. He is our National Hero and revered by all. I was aware that there was a statue of Bolivar in Paris, but really did not include it in our plan to find it while there. However, on our first day in Paris my husband and I were walking and admiring it all when my husband
    spots a statue from afar. He jokes that it is the statue of Bolivar. We get closer and what do you know? It was! I was very excited and we proceeded to take aprox. 20 pictures of it. It was very neat.

    Anyway sorry to be so wordy. I enjoy your blog very much.


  7. Very striking colours Eric, against the winter sky with the bare-limbed trees. I fear however that you have been lying on the ground again to take this photo!

  8. In grammar school Geography class I always loved to say "Bolivia, Labrador, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein" as they were hard names to pronounce and sometimes hard to find!

    By the way...my PDP goodies from your Zazzle store have arrived!! They are all quite nice!! The Mugs and Magnets will be Christmas gifts...but the calendar is all mine!! LOL!!! I might keep a couple magnets as well since I love that one of the Alesia Metro station! Merci!!!

  9. Libby. Funny story, thank you for sharing ;) Amazing how many statues from heroes from all over the world we have! I like it. (and yes phx/cgd, it does cost money, but, well, I think it's worth it ;)

    Mme Benaut only my camera was on the pavement. I was far too cold to lye down myself!

    Tonton, I'm glad you enjoyed your PDP goodies. Actually I have alot of positive feedback, which is good. To be honest I was not really into this but Michael convinced me to do it and since I don't have the time to take care of it, he offered to run it for me. All products are his creation - Thank you for that.

  10. Very impressive... Im Bolivian and we dont even do this in the US. Paris is such a BEAUTIFUL city! I plan to go there hopefully soon!