Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Cyclist Marché Saint Honoré


I took this photo on the Place du Marché Saint Honoré, in the 1st arrondissement, a place that used to be totally spoiled by an old, ugly fire station located right in the middle. Now you can find lots of trendy restaurants around it and the ugly building has been replaced by a new glass one, designed by famous architect Ricardo Bofill. Under this new building there is a large covered through way that kids use to ride "acrobatic bicycles". Last call for NYC PDP gathering: address, time and all details to be found here.

42 comments:

  1. OK, I wouldn't even chance riding my bike that way!! Good capture!

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  2. Another one of your fun action shots, Eric.

    You all have fun together in NYC and let us know how it goes!

    Congratulations, Tomate!

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  3. Fifi, le Velocipede, would never stand for such treatment. She is my little princess!

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  4. uselaine -- And I would never attempt such gymnastics on Fury2 (named for my first bike, Fury, so-called because it wasn't really a bike but an actual horse—or so my 8-year-old imagination had me convinced).
    Great photo, Eric (again, I'll be telling you this in person soon—woo-hoo!).

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  5. This glass building is great. discovered it on a walk one day. fabulous.

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  6. I too like the action shots Petrea, but we really miss one of Eric himself in action. We only get this glimpse once a year at the PDP picnic. Maybe the NYers could catch some paparazzi shots of the master eating loads of American food with big portions! That diet of yours Eric will be completely shot by the time you get back to hot and sunny Paris.



    (ok, I lied, it isn't hot, and it isn't sunny here! Grrr Can someone tell me when spring starts?)

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  7. Just to confirm, the official weather site I look at each morning says in bold letters at the top, "Température en baisse constante jusquà jeudi"

    Oh great! This kid in a t-shirt took advantage while he could! I wonder if he can snowboard???

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  8. Great site! The photography is amazing!

    Elizabeth

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  9. Great action photo, Eric! La/Le Place du Marché Saint Honoré sounds like a great place.

    You're so silly, Michael. Eric is, indeed, the "master." Alexa and the others getting to meet the master in NYC, HAVE FUN! I'm so jealous. I wasn't free to meet him when he came to San Francisco.

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  10. Eric, I love this action shot, the columns and the pretty lights peeking between them. Lovely composition, too!

    Michael, I bet he can! And skateboard, too. We met quite a few such talented people in le Metro. I always think of these sorts of things as typically American, but I think they are just typically any youth around the globe. It's foggy here this morning. Indian summer is holding so far. Next month the colder, wetter stuff will hit. We are much like Paris, only with a marine layer :-).

    Tomate, I never owned a bike in SF, so I don't know if I would chance riding there, except out in the aves on residential streets or GGP maybe. Where do you ride?

    US Elaine, Fifi loves you for it!

    Alexa, Oh, FURY2! That tells me so much about you (or at least your childhood viewing and reading :-). Rides like the wind, doesn't she! Enjoy the PDP NYC get together. We will look forward to hearing about it and perhaps seeing some photos.
    -Kim
    Seattle Daily Photo

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  11. Eiffel Tower Suzy, do you live in SF? I was imagining you in Paris all this time!
    -Kim
    Seattle Daily Photo

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  12. Petrea: uh, thanks?! Did I win anything? Where is everybody anyway? Oh, I know, they all flew to NYC to see Eric...

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  13. Kim, honestly, the *only* place I ever ride my bike is when I drive up to Marin County, the county immediately north of the Golden Gate Bridge. There are 42 hills in San Francisco... sooooo, thanks, but no thanks!!

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  14. Michael: "en baisse constante jusquà jeudi" You meant La Bourse [Stock Market] right? ;) If it makes you feel any better, we had nice Summer weather here until 2 days ago, and as of yesterday, it looks like we completely changed season.

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  15. You won GF, Tomate. But perhaps you and I are the only ones who know that crown with all the junk on it isn't real.

    A bike in San Francisco? Not for me. The image in my mind is of heading north from Broadway on Laguna or Buchanan, completely out of control, unable to stop until I fly into the Bay.

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  16. My soul is in Paris, Kim, but the rest of me resides in good ol' San Jose CA. Living in Paris is a dream I should have captured when I was much younger. Alas, it shall never come to pass.

    *le sigh*

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  17. Last but not least... Eric, are you sure "trendy" replacing "old ugly buildings" is a good thing? I for one do not much care for all that gentrification taking place all over the world in the past 20 years. In some cases, it helps revitalize depressed neighborhoods, but in others, it kills the sould of the neighborhood completely, I think. I don't know. I guess we're going to need to see a "before" and an "after" picture :)

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  18. Oh, it isn't? Damn, and I was going to put it on eBay! ;)
    OK, time for me to get off line and head out the door to go to work. Good day everybody :)

    PS> The Golden Gate Park is kind of flat and a great place to bike. There are actually a number of neighborhoods in SF where you can bike without overexerting yourself, but I prefer walking anyway. ;)

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  19. Ah, shoot, it's me again, sorry..

    I meant "it kills the SOUL" not "it kills the sould " of the old neighborhood.

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  20. I knew what you meant.

    I had that thought, too. I'd have liked to have seen the "ugly" building. I like the old stuff.

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  21. Michael, translation on the weather report s'il vous plait. I will be there in 19 days. Please, please tell me the weather will not be horrible!!!!!

    And Eric,
    Here I sit in B'ham, Alabama while you all are having a rip snorting good time in the Big Apple. I am feeling jealous and left out. Pout!

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  22. Virginia, the OFFICIAL translation of "Température en baisse constante jusquà jeudi" means...

    "It's going to keep getting cold (enough that you have to put on too many clothes to walk out of the house to the Metro, just to get hot, then out of the Metro to freeze again, to walk to the office, to get hot again) until Thursday."

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  23. Oh yeah Virginia, here is a good site for Paris weather. I find it to be quite accurate. It's in French and in Centigrade, but it's easy to convert C to F.

    Double the number and add 32 is a general rule of thumb.

    For example:
    5C degrees x 2 = 10 + 32 = 42

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  24. Wonderful, Eric. You managed to get the boy almost all in focus whilst the bike is spinning. Love it. I bet he'd like a copy.

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  25. Oh, Alexa! -- will you tell Kim all about how you thought of Fury and what you did to care for your very good friend when you were young! I just love that story. It made me smile all over just to hear the name again. She'll love it!

    I'm starting my countdown to arrival - I'll be in Paris in 12 and a half days!!!! Everyone here is totally jealous and I'm not doing a thing to make them feel any better! ;}

    My mind's not quite ready for 35F(even tho I've seen the forecasts) since it's been 90F in LA - but at the same time I'm ready for a rainy, low ceilinged, grey Paris blitz. All you Parisians just have to make sure that Eric orders me up some sunny sunrise and sunset hours for snapping and I'll be a happy girl!

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  26. Hey Carrie
    Are you coming to the UK too?

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  27. Carrie you HAVE to go to London and hang out with Rose!!!

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  28. ohhhh I wish I could...... 8{ I can't even imagine how I'm going to do half of what I want to do in Paris!! And, I've never been to England -- or met Rose!!! I can't tell you how much I'd love to do both. I'll tell you that it was a gift that I made these plans in February, because if I had to make the decision in this economic climate, I'd probably chicken out. So, Rose, lets hope for better days ahead -- so, I can come share a cuppa with you!

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  29. Ou est notre Roi -- il fait dodo en son lit ou fait il un bal avec son verre de van rouge et toutes les femmes PDP du NYC?

    Is that some awful (I mean awesome) French or what?! :)

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  30. He's having Tapas in Manhattan right now.

    Hmmm.. tapas... now that reminds me of something, but what?!! ;)

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  31. Hate to make you explain that last one, TF, but I didn't get it -- maybe you can just give "her lameness" a clue (while we await his highness).

    And since we're killing time, I'll tell you the story about the time I left a phone message for a rather formal female work colleague/friend, asking whether she wanted to go to a tapas bar that I had heard was good. I didn't hear back for an inordinate amount of time and finally I called her. I started the call off with some chit chat and then she interrupted, haltingly asking me - "Why do you want to go to a topless bar with me?!!" Diction, diction is everything! No doubt I'll be hearing that at my retirement dinner - or telling it at hers!

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  32. Carrie, that is hilarious. Your French is awesome and your English is awsomethingelse.

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  33. I love it!! A topless bar! Now that would be interesting. ;)

    Ah, sorry, Carrie. I was hoping the San Francisco group was lurking and someone would jump in and explain. When Eric came to San Francisco a year and a half ago (that long already!) the PDP gang went to a Tapas bar.

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  34. Okay, this is something my son would love to try! If he could figure it out, that is.

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  35. Ah - got it, Tomate! Thanks for the explanation. Too bad I can't hang around any longer - I'll have to catch M. Tenin and all the rest of you on the upswing.

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  36. suzy -- never say never (when you dream of living in Paris)!
    Kim -- were you a fan of Fury, too? My best friend moved to Hawaii when we were 11 and her parents got her a horse. Guess what she named him!

    Also want to tell you all what a good time I had with Eric tonight—eating tapas, drinking sangria, and talking talking talking. A bunch of NYC bloggers showed up, along with some visitors to his blog, and of course we're all just big Eric fans (even more so now that we've met our hero)!

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  37. love the coloers,

    missing the daily photo blogs,
    and coming back 1st of nov.

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