Friday, September 19, 2008

Party at the convent!


I know it does not really look like I took this photo in a convent and though I did... Well, in a former convent, called "Le couvent des Récollets" (Recollects in English) located close to Gare de l'est, in the 10th arrondissement. Built in one century after the Middle Ages (the first brick was layed by Marie de Medicis in 1614!), it was then turned into a hospital and, more recently it became the home of an architect association. They obviously turned the place into a much more profane spot than what it used to be! I went there last night to attend the launch of the latest Blackberry phone... Like I said, much more profane!

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  1. Eric, did you get yourself a Blackberry Phone...I haven't tried them yet. Funny that it was launch in a convent...

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  2. If the builders of various churches around the world only KNEW what te churches they built would be turned into, like the Limelight in NYC which was a disco before it was a church

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  3. But darling, we love the profane!

    And how is your Blackberry?

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  4. Eric, you're such a VIP! Two days ago at La Coupole, yesterday at Le Couvent des Récollets...Do you have free time!?

    I like the blurry effect, and the man who appears in the corner.The composition is really interesting.
    Was it a beautiful place? I love these "fauteuils club" (in English?).

    Gramma Ann, Eric has a Blackblurry (ha ha ha).

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  5. Ann, one of the reasons I rarely comment on PDP, though I'm visiting several times a day, is that I use my Blackberry for that! And it's bl***y long to type on this small keyboard ;-))

    Eric, you often kneel down to take your photo. Were you flying, for this one?

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  6. Funny title!! Like someone said above I wouldn't picture a convent looking like that.I see thats it's more modernized.Nice composition nonethless && I really the lighting,blurry effect.

    I have a blackberry[pink pearl]I love it to pieces<3 I think I may like it too much.

    You always take the greatest pictures.I'm never bored of them.

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  7. I'm selling that exact same lamp in my garage sale! Any takers?

    I appreciate your posting your daily photos, Eric, especially knowing how busy you are!

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  8. I meant to say..
    ** I really like the blurry effect.
    my blackberry takes pretty good photos too.I'm surprised at how well the pictures turn out.

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  9. guille...lol...that was funny...

    thib...I have enough bl***y trouble with my bigger keyboard...can't imagine anything smaller...

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  10. Very cool perspective. I bet the architects have done an amazing job turning this convent into office space. PHX did you go to Limelight back in the day? If so, I'll want to hear all about it next Thursday!!

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  11. The seating looks comfortable at least.

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  12. Le "couvent des Récollets" (Recollects in English), I often wondered what 'rue des récollets' meant...with your post I looked it up in a dictionary for the first time: they were Franciscan monks. Thanks Eric.

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  13. What a great light in this photo Eric (and thanks for the welcome). Phx comment made me laugh, that is so tru!

    Guille... another pix?!! :-)

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  14. I wonder if that woman sitting down is using a blueberry...oops, I mean blackberry?
    Eric I like the mood of this photo. very nice.

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  15. I love it. Would love to see more photos of this place. I think it's wonderful to turn old buildings to new uses.

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  16. Oh WOW Guille, I JUST LOVE your profile photo. Original! -- I told a man, Sylvain, at Bastille about you the other night when I was with Katie. I said that you were studying law and art (just like I did); and that you were adorable, and that we all loved you to pieces. I told him you were my Protégé :-)

    Eric, Oh, yes, talk history -- I love it! So, you don't think this site of yours is professional? I think it is. It is the most serious side of you and your work. The side that creates unconditionally.

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  17. I like your indoor photos, I think they add pizzaz to CDP. Interesting combo of old wall paint/wood? and the modern metal staircase. Of course the red leather armchairs (as we have in our living room) are the best.

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  18. Lois:
    "Eric...So, you don't think this site of yours is professional? I think it is. It is the most serious side of you and your work. The side that creates unconditionally."

    You often articulate things I would like to say but don't find the words. This is so perfectly stated. Thank you. I agree.

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  19. Eric -- interesting subject AND photo. Love the angle and the light, but what really makes it for me is the guy striding into the frame at the corner. I wonder if he knows her.
    katie -- I went to a really fun party at Limelight back in the '80s, a going-away party for Whoopi Goldberg—she had just finished up her Broadway show and was leaving the next day to go make The Color Purple. It was quite an all-night send-off! (Wish I could have said that to you in person, in Paris. Hope you have the best time ever!)

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  20. Eric the Camerasmith...looks like an interesting place to take in a Gregorian chant or kick a scribe around (just kidding about the scribes...their generally nice folks when their not lapping up the vino. However, sometimes they can be a bit more depressive than say a Xerox machine.) Me like'ems the red leather chairs too.

    Guille..."Blackblurry" LOL! Nice one. For your razor sharp word wit, you are now forewith and heretheeto known as the "Little Guille-tine!" ;-)

    Soosha and Monica and Guilletine...me like'ems your new photos too.

    Katie...aren't you supposed to be in Paris like yesterday? Do you think they serve Mojitos on zee plane?

    Okay, being thematic I will "CUT" myself off now. Good day!

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  21. That is undoubtedly the most intriguing post title I've seen in a while! :-)

    Beautiful shot with such an interesting perspective.

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  22. Nice angle. And incidentally, go BlackBerry!!

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  23. Laurie
    I agree with you.

    It is profane, it is intriguing, it is interesting, it is so Eric!

    Coltrane
    Katie leaves in a few hours... I guess for you she will leave yesterday! Mojitos in zee plane... lol

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  24. Moniquinha!!!
    Minha linda...
    I loved your photo :)

    Guille
    Lois Protege... you must feel honoured!

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  25. Nothing about this looks like a convent. It would be so interesting to see a before picture as well! Eric, you regularly "take us to" new and interesting places. It was nice to "hear from you." As always, thank you for gifting us with a photo from Paris each day -- even on exceptionally busy days. You are much appreciated. :)

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  26. Rectificatif : si la première pierre a été posée en 1614 (XVIIè siècle), ce monastère n'a donc pas été construit au Moyen Age, période que l'on situe généralement entre le Vè et la fin du XVè siècle !
    Petite précision bien amicale ;-)

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  27. When I was in Paris in May, I stayed in a little studio apartment in the 13th that is in a building that was a convent before the revolution.

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  28. Stunning photo, Eric. Adore the warm hue.

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  29. Alexa that Limelight party sounds like a wild one! Say, aren't you going to Italy soon? I'll be in Tuscany from Oct 2-5; maybe I'll see you there!

    Coltrane I just HAD to log in before leaving for the airport to see what you had to say! I cracked up at your "kick a scribe around" comment. My flight leaves in just over 5 hours. I sure hope they have mojitos on zee plane!! Although I should stay off the hooch for a while, having finally recovered from the all-night party with Lois on Monday for our Birthdays! (Ok, just kidding. We just a little wine and I was home by 9:00. But I was with Lois, so of course it was a blast!)

    Eric starting tomorrow I'll keep an eye out for you zipping by on your scooter on your way to take another amazing photo for PDP!

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  30. Very nice, indeed. You have a very busy calendar, young man. How fortunate we are that you make time for all of us.

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  31. Morning! I posted the enamelware pots as promised from the discussion of garage sales and flea market finds.

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  32. Gramma Ann (and everybody who wonders!) NO, I did not get a free blackberry there!


    PHX "If the builders of various churches around the world only KNEW what te churches they built would be turned into" LOL! You're so right!

    Cali "But darling, we love the profane! " I don't doubt it!

    Guille "Do you have free time!?" Actually it's WORK Guille!

    Thib "Eric, you often kneel down to take your photo. Were you flying, for this one?" I was on the first floor (No, not the VIP room Guille!!)

    Suzy "I appreciate your posting your daily photos, Eric, especially knowing how busy you are!" Thank you ;)

    Guille: "Le "couvent des Récollets" (Recollects in English), I often wondered what 'rue des récollets' meant...with your post I looked it up in a dictionary for the first time: they were Franciscan monks. Yes, and Récollets comes from Latin and means "Recueillis" - I did not know it, I found this yesterday on Wikipedia. Interesting, isn't?

    "Eric, Oh, yes, talk history -- I love it! So, you don't think this site of yours is professional? I think it is. It is the most serious side of you and your work. The side that creates unconditionally." Interesting Lois. I never thought of PDP as a professional site actually. Rather a - time consuming! -hobby.

    Tash "Of course the red leather armchairs (as we have in our living room) are the best." I love these armchairs too.

    Alexa "ut what really makes it for me is the guy striding into the frame at the corner. I wonder if he knows her." I'm glad you noticed. I picked this one, especially because of this blurry guy in the frame ;)

    Rose "It is profane, it is intriguing, it is interesting, it is so Eric!" LOL

    Parisian heart "As always, thank you for gifting us with a photo from Paris each day -- even on exceptionally busy days. You are much appreciated. :)" And thank you for saying thank you.

    Marnie "ce monastère n'a donc pas été construit au Moyen Age, période que l'on situe généralement entre le Vè et la fin du XVè siècle !
    Petite précision bien amicale ;-)" oooops! Ca m'apprendra a être mauvais en histoire ! Merci.

    Katie. I surely hope to see you ;) - And PHX, as I understand you are going to meet. Give me a call when you land - well when you have time!.

    Laurie Keller "You have a very busy calendar, young man." There is one part of this sentence I really like... Yes, that is right, YOUNG MAN!!

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  33. Coltrane, perhaps you should lay off the hootch a little too! Oh, and thanks.

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  34. "do you have free time" was not ironic Eric! I know it's work, young man. :p

    BTW, summer is still not over. I had a picnic and sunbathed at the Parc des Buttes Chaumont, and a beer on the Canal saint Martin. Yeah, life is hard sometimes.

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  35. Well, I am very late, since M. Eric has already posted his responses. However, I want to say that I think it is wonderful that Lois and Katie got together in Paris.

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  36. I think they were in San Francisco, Jeff. Katie's leaving for Paris today. But it's nice to fantasize about that party, isn't it?

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  37. "Party at the convent!" If I had a dollar (euro would be better)for every time I've heard that . . . :-)

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  38. "BTW, summer is still not over. I had a picnic and sunbathed at the Parc des Buttes Chaumont, and a beer on the Canal saint Martin. Yeah, life is hard sometimes."

    Yes, I know what you mean. It's a lovely, sunny day, and I'm sitting next the the Eiffel Tower(!!!) with a fluffy, white poodle nearby, enjoying a cold Diet Coke straight out of the can. The ET is only 3 feet tall, and the poodle is stuffed, but it'll have to do for now!

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  39. That is better than a stuffed Eiffel Tower and a three-foot poodle straight out of the can.

    Sun in the park, drinks on the canal, drinks from the can, reading the Sun. Couldn't be bad. I had drinks at an outdoor café. Or is it cafè? I can never remember! Maybe I comment too much...in bad French. (If I were fishing for compliments, I'd fish in the canal.) My comment is not very convent-ional, I guess.

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  40. Eric, "I never thought of PDP as a professional site actually. Rather a - time consuming! -hobby." Oh, Eric, you are a young man.

    Commitment to an art takes many forms:-)

    Just a little bit on the subject of a HOBBY. People have told me that they think what defines a professional artist is monetary reward and/or ego-gratification. I don't agree. I find creating art interesting, intriguing, and fulfilling. When I'm asked, "do you make a living at that (referring to my artwork); I answer people with, "I'm alive aren't I?" Funny, they never respond to that one. They sort of look bewildered. When I was asked, "Why do you do that (referring to my artwork)? I recently said, "It's something I do." Again, they looked bewildered. I was talking with a woman who liked to draw chalk drawings on the sidewalk. I suggested that she started drawing on paper. She answered me with, "oh, it's just a hobby." Doing bad art is one thing (or, for some of us, more than one thing!) -- but excusing it on the grounds that you're not a professional is quite another. HOBBY isn't an explanation or an excuse for bad art. This is not to say that as an artist you don't have the right to be bad. I have destroyed many of my paintings because they were inferior.

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  41. lois -- do you know what you are? You're an artist with talent AND integrity!
    Went to a reception at a Chelsea gallery last night for a friend who does the most amazingly detailed cut-paper art (I'm going to show it on my blog tomorrow). She's pleased when someone buys it, of course, but mostly I think she does it because she loves doing it. There's one very large piece in the show that took two years, because she can only work on this nights and weekends. But I think a true artist is compelled to create in the same way a writer must write.

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  42. Facio ergo sum? Je crée, alors je suis?

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  43. Je pense je suis une parisienne, donc je suis!

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  44. My old art teacher used to have a sign in her studio - "Conform, go crazy, or become an artist."

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  45. I love the juxtaposition of the stairway with the floor and the color. Eric, it's so wonderful to vicariously live the life of a Parisian through you. Thank you!

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  46. Alexa, Merci, merci beaucoup. I did comment at great length. I was trying to be concise. The over intellectualizing of art exhausts some people/artists.

    Jeff, Who said that, "I create then I am" was that you?

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  47. You know, I'm wondering if there's more to this "convent" thing than Eric is telling us...

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  48. I know what you mean Jeff. When I first read his comment, I thought to myself, "He's not saying something -- we are suppose to read between the lines. I'm not good at that."

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  49. Rose!!!!!!! E a sua foto então, super femme fatale!!! Linda!

    Coltrane tks, you´re always such a gentleman!

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  50. Bonjour, Monica, I apologize for not greeting you earlier. You've always got that off-the-shoulder look. Which is not the same as an "off the cuff" remark. (Beudeu geu deu!)

    Oh, hey, L.A. area folks. I am beginning to think about a visit in January or February. It seems a long time away, and time goes too fast already. But, I'll let you know. It would be fun to meet, n'est-ce pas?

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  51. Jeff LOLLLL

    I didn´t realize it but you´re right, I have many pictures where my shoulder is showing. You´re good at noticing a pattern!

    :-)

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  52. Merci pour la correction ! et merci de nous avoir fait découvrir ce lieu ;-)

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  53. And Monica...you're too sweet! Merci. Good weekend. ;-)

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  54. ETSuzy -- I love it!

    Eric! ETSuzy's line has zazzle written all over it, I think. I'd buy a line of stuff with that on it. I'd buy a line of beu deu geudeu products, too (as long as using it wasn't any problem for Mickelino).

    Jeff -- I'd love to meet you in Jan, Feb or anytime you can come to our fair city! Please let me know -- time flies and it will be here before you know it. I'd also love to meet PDPer who's got time for a drink or a whatever when I come to Paris in Nov. My email is Carrie.12345@yahoo.com if you want to get in touch.

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  55. Hi everyone! I'm originally from London but am living in Berlin at the moment.
    Gotta love this place!


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