Friday, March 21, 2008

Water Games


Since you like water, here is more! Just kidding, of course, but I'm glad you liked yesterday's photo because I like it too ;) I photographed this fountain yesterday morning (Thursday morning) on my way out from a press conference in the Parc André Citroën, located in the 15th arrondissement. This park was created in 90's at the exact same location where the old Citroën factory (Citroën is a French car brand) was. BTW, good news my scooter is finally fixed; it'll be much easier for me to go around the city and take more photos! Have a nice Friday everyone.

88 comments:

  1. Another wonderful Paris water photo! I doesn't look like it's still raining. Parc Andre Citroen is a great place to hang out -- there's even a vineyard, right? Or am I thinking of another park?

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  2. Ah, the Parisian version of the Bellagio fountains. Another fantastic shot, Eric. Love the perspectives.

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  3. Oh this is so beautiful...
    My kind of photo Eric.
    Hey Katie, GF!!! Congratulations!

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  4. Cool. I like it! I don't think I've ever seen this area since it's been rennovated.

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  5. Thanks Rose! I took a quick break at work, and voili - new great photo and no comments yet!

    This parc is a definite must for anyone going to Paris. It feels like a different world!

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  6. Happy Good Friday to you Eric. This is lovely. Fresh and bright, i love it. What you meant to say of course, Eric, is that now your scooter is finally fixed, it'll be easier to PHOTOGRAPH for us! Looking forward to that, then.

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  7. Eric, thanks for the Paris weather links. They were great. I can't believe how cold it is in your nick of the woods. You'll need a warm coat on the scooter, however, take care on the wet roads and let's see a shot of you on it; perhaps reflected in a shop window !
    Nous vous souhaitons un Pâques heureux et sûr.

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  8. Oooh, I love these water shots - keep 'em coming! My friend just rented an apartment in the 15th for August, and was asking me for places to visit there - I will forward your link to her!

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  9. Another great shot. I'm still thinking of Eric lying on his tummy to take the photo. Surely he has a more dignified method.

    We stayed in an apartment in the 16th, directly across the Seine from this parc. At the time, they had a ride of some sort--a large balloon that went up and down, with people in a gondola. We were in such a mad rush to see the Louvre/Notre Dame/Versailles/Bateau Mouche/Requisite Tourist Sites that we never went there.

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  10. Another great angle! Seems like you are actually in the water. So, how do you get these shots without becoming completely drenched or arrested for playing in the fountain?

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  11. This photo is nice. But it's a lying: the weather is not good in Paris. :)I had to take a look to this park...
    Spring time anyway!

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  12. Petrea: don't feel bad, you'll never get to see everything at once in Paris. People living in Paris all their lives don't know what goes on from one Arrondissement to the next for the most part. There is a lot to see and to do, there, really way too much to cram in just a few days.

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  13. It's a lie, Guille. Shame you didn't have the same weather as Eric in the same city! It's howling outside at the moment here in the UK, my wheelie bin is residing at the wrong house at the end of the street and it's going to get coldER! Brr.

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  14. Before Eric corrects me, I realize my error to think that this parc has a vineyard. That would be Le parc de Bercy in the 12th. Oops! There's a similar fountain there as well, thus my confusion. And congrats on getting the scooter fixed Eric! I'm sure you'll be happy to not deal with the crowds on the metro. I hope you have nothing but good weather so you can zip around town and not get wet!

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  15. If, as several of yesterday's comments implied, there is something intoxicatingly phallic about the Eiffel Tower (despite being a "she" and not a "he"), then today's follow up photograph, placed as it is, might well be viewed as "orgasmic".

    Cigarette, anyone?

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  16. I love this park... the last time I was in Paris, I was there in July and my classmates and I would do there and run through the fountain to cool off... I also got some really good sorbet there as well from a woman with a little wagon...
    Petrea, when I was there a few years ago the balloon was there, I don't know if that was before or after you were there, but it still shows up on Google earth so I assume it's still there...

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  17. You make even the dreary rain look so beautiful and inviting.

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  18. In response to Justine's comment I Googled the parc to see what I could find. It looks like the balloon is permanent, from what I can tell. I also found this:
    http://www.pps.org/great_public_spaces/one?public_place_id=718
    Justine would not agree!
    Not having been there, I wouldn't know. It certainly surprised me.

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  19. I beg your pardon, Lucio!

    2CV for ever!

    (don't know if my HTML will work, though, let's give it a shot.

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  20. Fantastic, it works! Hope I can do it again some day.

    By the way, since I'm here... I'm gonna vote no on the Eiffel Tower/ phallus association. To me it's a "she" and always will be a "she." I mean, look at her!

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  21. I LOVE this photo....Thats all I can say.........

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  22. Petrea, I can see how some people wouldn't like it, but I enjoyed laying on the grass reading a book and listening to music. And I remember seeing cute little ducklings swimming around as well, but it does lack seating, but I see it as trying to be more modern and cutting edge...

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  23. I'm so glad that I have a little Thursday left. Thanks for the water reminder. I know what I'm going to do for the April photo now, and I'm so excited.

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  24. my favorite part is not the fountain but the very very foreground, with its shine and the way the water flows over the rough texture of the sidewalk :)

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  25. Soleil. Eau. Paris.

    No problem.

    45 days...Hi, G.

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  26. tomate farcie: The tower is most definitely a "she", but I beg to differ on the question of the DS vs. the 2CV. Although the latter undoubtedly has its charms, it has always struck me as comparable to a dear and sweet old aunt - or uncle - that one is happy to visit but would rather not live with. Whereas the former, especially in black, is a design classic that really should be parked indoors and not in the garage, out of sight.

    I do respect your taste, though.

    Michael: I recently deactivated my facebook account because I was finding it far too distracting. Unlike my blog: which, thankfully, has remained relatively obscure, and through which I can still be contacted.

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  27. Joyfull water game. Doesn't it look like the one there is in front of Hotel de Ville?

    Tomate I agree, the tower is a her and I also vote no for that association! If she's going to have a hat, just look at her figue, she already wears a skirt.

    Katie! Congrats!

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  28. Guille, I think "lie" might be a bit too strong a word. We are having that crazy March weather where the sun comes out, goes in, comes out, etc...

    Tomate, it's hard for me to believe that you've been away that long to not have seen this park. We should go together next time you are here.

    Lucio, you're probably right to not get addicted to Facebook. You should see Rose, Monica, Petrea and Guille all fighting over me. It's not a pretty sight! :-)

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  29. Lynn - that last bit of my comment was meant to "inspire" you to come to my rescue (and spend money on me). I'm getting bankrupt and I know I can count on you to come fill my coffers!

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  30. Sorry all, one more comment...

    ERIC! It must be a really GOOD FRIDAY for you now that you have your scooter back. Shall we expect great things from you on Easter Sunday or will you be too EGGzausted?


    (thanks for that one Ham!).

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  31. Is it by coincidence that you've posted two lovely "water" photos? Yesterday, March 20th, was International Water Day! Check out this site: http://waterfortheages.wordpress.com/2008/03/20/world-water-day-2008/

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  32. Michael: They're very competitive women, that's for sure! Of course, if they really care about you, and each other, they may agree to settle for some sort "time share" arrangement.

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  33. At this time, it is raining a lot on Paris!!
    Eric, if you are on your way to work and already on your newly repaired scooter... you are certainly having a nice shower!! You said it : 'Water games'...! Another beautiful photo, with a magic light! Fresh and bright, like Lynn wrote.

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  34. Ah Michael darling alright, settle down, i'll try to get there over the weekend my love. Fret not.

    Monica, it's a refuse bin with wheels attached. This is what we call them in the UK. In French: la poubelle i believe.

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  35. woooo.. nice photo.. !!! love to play in the water.. hehe
    fountain!
    fountain!!
    hehe
    weeee


    -qwaudzkhi-

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  36. hi.
    i used the wrong account.
    twas my sister's hehe.
    qwaudzkhi ici.
    love the fountain!!!
    :]

    its a good thing eric your scooter's fixed!!! hehe.
    :]

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  37. Gorgeous!! Such a beautiful picture!

    Thanks so much!

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  38. Great blog !
    Great photos !
    Keep going Eric !

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  39. Oh I see Lynn, a trash bin! I guess wheelie bin is more sophisticated!

    Lucio this time sharing thing is not such a bad idea. We might have to settle for that.

    Girls, I fear things will get pretty ugly on FB, Lynn is coming. Will there be a cat fight over Michael?!

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  40. Eric so finally your scooter is ready. Good, I was beggining to think the mechanicals were on strike.

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  41. Monica
    There is nothing sophisticated about wheelie bins. They are just more practical. It is also quicker for the dustmen.
    Here is an example I found for you:
    http://www.nowrecycle.co.uk/wheeled-litre-p-42.html?osCsid=59ace3e95784fafee5b311eb0186085c

    Some people, like myself, cover them with a decorated plastic cover
    to make them them easier on the eye...

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  42. great shot Eric - love the textures of the water and the brick. Isn't the Eiffel Tower also referred to as La Dame de Fer? which would definetly make her a lady. Bon weekend.

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  43. I'm going to have to back out of the competition because of time. I might even give Lynn my money if I can figure out how! (hee) I'll still be there for communication, just not applications.

    Lynn: La Poubelle is the name of a popular French Restaurant in one of the nice parts of Hollywood. I haven't been there in ages, but I love the place.

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  44. Lucio, I might have to let you referee. I'm not sure I have the energy. And Petrea, oh give ME the money please? It's my only defense!

    Also Petrea, regarding Poubelle and speaking of funny names/themes for restaurants, when last in Singpaore, I came across a restaurant called THE CLINIC. The chairs are wheelchairs which kind of put me off.

    I can't make a direct link from work, but it's definitely worth checking out if only for the desing aspect: http://www.theclinic.sg/index.html

    It features waiters dressed in white coats and scrubs serving colorful pills and syringes of cocktails with names like "Nitro-Sangria" and "Sex on a Drip" to wheel-chair ridden customers. The rooms are shaped like pills, and the plates are surgical pans shaped like kidneys. And if you're still hungry at the end of the meal but tired of chewing, you can probably ask the waiter/nurse to put you on an IV and feed you dessert.

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  45. Petrea you have to be fair and share the money in between the people who invested in your pictures!
    Let me work it all out for you:
    Your photos are wroth a total of $712040 which I own 384000 and Guille owns 328000. My part represents 53.92% and Guille's 46.08%. You can't give the money as such so instead you will have to give your humans to me and Guille. I will take 50% to make it simple :) and you can give the rest to Guille's...
    What do you think?

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  46. I'm sorry Eric, "lie" (I wrote "lying" shame!) is too strong, I wanted to say that your picture distorted the truth about the weather. :) Damned giboulées de mars.
    Is it better like that? Sometimes when I write in English, I don't find the word I would have used in French, it's a pity because I like the slight differences in language and it's not always easy to translate with the same state of mind. Sorry.

    Girls, yes it's "poubelle" and we have wheelie bins too.

    Petrea, a restaurant called "la Poubelle"?? Are there customers? LOL.

    Michael, we are very competitive but I think the better is coming: Lynn! You won't be quiet anymore.

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  47. ha ha very clever Rose. Petrea has to give me some percentage of her money too. I have invested in her too and even helped her have a profit by giving her some humans she could re-sell. So there Petrea, you can give some of your humans to me, I'll kindly accept.

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  48. Luis: the DS was in a completely different league than the 2CV. The 2CV was the cheapest, the most accessible, and a great favorite of students, young people, etc., for the longest time, whereas the DS... I'm old enough to remember when they used them to drive around the diplomats and presidents in them. Yikes, that was a long time ago. Different cars completely. No comparison at all! To me, the 2CV will always rule... for sentimental reasons! :)

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  49. Monica
    You disappoint me! How can you GIVE a present ask for it back!!!!
    Get out of this one sister ;)

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  50. As to the park Citroen, well, it does look rather modern, with a lot of concrete. But that review Petra posted last night (which by the way, has great pictures of that park) sounds a little harsh, I mean "worst park?" Remember, too, that the more "traditional" parks like Tuileries were designed originally by people who had shall we say no budget problem...

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  51. I meant "How can you GIVE a present AND ask for it back!!!!"

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  52. Le chanson de Michael à Paris:

    If you got the money, honey,
    I've got the time.
    We'll go honky tonkin'
    And we're gonna have a time.
    Bring along your Cadillac,
    Leave my wreck behind,
    If you got the money, honey,
    I've got the time.

    I'm not a country/western fan, but Michael, if the song fits, sing it and sing it loud!

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  53. By the way, don't cry about a little rain in Paris: it's been snowing here all morning.

    45 days and counting...

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  54. Michael: Even frequent visits to Paris do not allow you to keep up with *everything,* it's just impossible, especially when you only stay a few days at a time! :)

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  55. Thank you Eric, for another stunning photo! The last time I was at that park it was mid-August and there were so many children relishing their time in the fountain! While sitting nearby I witnessed a newly wed couple and their wedding party and family having a wonderful celebration all dressed formally for the day and was also able to rise high above Paris in a tethered hot air balloon that ascends from the park on good-weather days! Your picture brought back so many good memories!

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  56. Only got time for one line, but i'll be back later! Monica, trash is American English. We use rubbish or refuse. Emphasis: REFussse, as opposed to to reject: reFUZE.

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  57. Got it Lynn.

    Nice try Rose, but it wasn't a gift, it was strictly business!
    You know what that game on FB is all about: buy low, sell high.

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  58. Goodness, the FB thing is as clear as mud! I am not sure i shall be up to understanding it. I may have to bat my eyelashes at Michael and ask him for help...;) I can't do it tonight but will try soon i promise. I'm dying to see what it's all about. Hmmm... communications and applications... hmm. Mysterious.

    Guille, re: weather. I'd say they were 'economical with the truth' or not quite accurate, a fib/white lie is a tiny lie without much harm or you could use 'telling porkies' (cockney (London) rhyming slang. Porky pies/lies. he he now you're VERY confused?

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  59. Lynn, I'm not confused and you know why? A friend from London offered me a Rhyming Slang dictionary! Hehe. ;)
    You on Fb? You're telling stories (or lies, or fibs, or porkies). Je ne crois que ce que je vois!

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  60. There's new "material" for us to buy on FB, Suzy just joined in!

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  61. I'm not sure what all this means yet, but I am always up for sale to the highest bidder, so long as my owner takes me to PARIS!

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  62. Well if money is involved, I say give it to Rose, since I know she will spend it on shoes.

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  63. he he Guille, i'm not there yet. I'm kind of nervous... Your cockney rhyming slang book your friend gave you (not offered; if she offered it to you it means she gave you the opportunity to take it from her; it's still unclear whether you accepted!) must be amusing.

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  64. Lynn, Michael owns me and my rules state that he must now take me to Paris. That ought to inspire you.

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  65. It's hard to believe this water fountain could evoke such diverse discussion. What a blog!

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  66. Thx Lynn, I make a lot of mistakes these days. I've to sleep! I now realise that "to offer" is an equivalent of the French verb "proposer", and not "offrir"...after more than 8 years of English class, shame on me!!

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  67. Suzy well played. I should have thought about this too, who ever buys us should take us to Paris!

    I once belonged to Michael too. And Eric. It felt good...

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  68. Monica, I still belong to Michael...It feels good.
    LOL

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  69. I know how it feels Guille, Michael was taking care of me but Rose stole me away...

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  70. "Rose stole me away?"
    Very flattering Monica (NOT!)... I will give you to a dog tomorrow morning when I can give humans as presents!
    Ingrata! :(

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  71. Not at all Guille, your English is great! I know you want to be corrected to be perfect though, is the only reason i do it. For you.

    All these girls belonging to Michael and Eric. Goodness, i'm shocked! I'm definitely coming in to this inner circle. Who shall own me i wonder? Eric or Michael? Hmmm... or one of you girls... well! My finger is on my chin, my eyes looking upwards, trying to imagine just what it's like to be in FB. Can i own some of you too? he he.

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  72. Watch out, Coltrane Lives, it's addictive.

    Guille: I don't think most of La Poubelle's customers know what it means. They just love the food and great atmosphere.

    Rose, you have a point, but so does Michael. I'll have to think about what's most equitable. It might be fairest to stay in the game. Of course then I'd have to give up my career and my home, but it's not out of the question...

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  73. By the way, Lynn, I briefly owned Eric last night. How about that?

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  74. Fascinating perspective of the fountain! (How do you do this without getting wet??)
    Once again, excellente!
    MZM

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  75. Rose nooooo!!!! I'm just teasing you, don't give me to a dog... you know I love you!!!!

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  76. A very lovely fountain.

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  77. Hello! Great shot. I love the color of the sky in that one.

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  78. water!!
    i wanna bathe in there! heheh

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