Friday, July 03, 2009

Resting in Les Tuileries


I went to Les Tuileries Gardens last night for a professional event that took place in what they call "L'orangerie éphémère" (The temporary orangerie). I did not find anything interesting to photograph there, but on the way out, I felt like taking [a photo of!] these two ladies, having some rest by the pond after a hot day (you can see the storm coming up in the sky). FYI, les Tuilerie gardens are said to be the first public gardens in Paris. Apparently it was Louis the XIVth, after he commissioned famous gardener André Le Notre to design them, who decided that Parisians would be granted to right to walk through them every year on June 24!

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  1. This looks like a nice way to pass an afternoon. Is there really a storm coming? Will it cool things down a bit?

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  2. The gardens are also a great place for people watching and catching some rays when the sun is out.

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  3. "I felt like taking these two ladies" er. lol.

    What? SOMEone had to say it :)

    I like this shot Eric, it looks so peaceful and they have a lot of space to themselves! I really hope there is a storm tonight. The heatwave has not suited me at all. Was actually sick today, was horrid. Need rain and fresh air.

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  4. Wonder where he felt like taking them? ;)

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  5. After a very stressful week, this is what I would like to be doing -- especially in Paris. A good place to go in San Francisco when it's hot is down to the Bay ("Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay..."). I hope the storm is a good one and clears the air.

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  6. All Gardens in Paris are gorgeous, it's so nice to share a little chat and a fantastic view with someone you care in there!

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  7. Bravo. Eric, you have a way of finding the essence of Paris in the most simplistic settings.

    Just on June the 24th? Pffft. Thanks, Louis.

    Hope you feel better soon, Lynnie!

    Happy 233rd birthday, U.S.A.!!! Cali, I'd love to see what the GF crown looks like today!

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  8. Thanks Suzy, feel better having been sick, as one tends to. Tomorrow temperatures start to fall. I know I'm a bit of a wimp at the moment. This English rose is wilting horribly.

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  9. This happens to be one of my favorite places in Paris. I remember sitting in the chairs by the pond after walking all over the city or through a museum. It is a very peace full place.

    You captured the essence of Paris in this picture!

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  10. Eric -- it's a good thing they didn't turn around and catch you down on the ground pointing a camera at their butts! (Oh, the things you do for us! Seriously, it's very evocative.) We had crazy storms here today. My flight that was supposed to take off at 7 finally boarded at almost 10. Then they said they needed one person to get off the plane "for balance."
    The bad news is I actually qualified, the good news is they gave me $250 and put me on the first flight in the morning. That's why I'm able to log on right now and see Eric's fine offering.
    Cali -- is your crown red, white, and blue??

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  11. Alexa...that's what you get for flying FENG SHUI AIRLINES! LOL They're getting notorious for doing this at the last minute before takeoff. ;-)

    Eric...this photo is a parfait slice of Parisian life (cigs on the ground excepted of course). Nice capture.

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  12. I, for one, am grateful to see that not ALL Parisiennes are pencil thin. We are the same species after all!

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  13. It is a day early, but the crown will sport not only red, white & blue, but bleu, blanc et rouge!

    Coltrane: Feng Shui Airlines? LOL.

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  14. How disciplined of these ladies to refrain from removing their shoes and dunking their tooties.

    Cali ~ congrats, GF! A wonderful crown and far lighter than if you had a couple of ladies on chairs dangling from it.

    Coltrane ~ hee heeeeeee!

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  15. Coltrane -- off to give Feng Shui (LOL) another try this morning. Wish me luck!

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  16. Those little ladies have the right idea!

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  17. Alexa and Coltrane - so funny!!

    USElaine - I agree about these ladies. Is it wrong to nominate them as "typical Parisiennes" just as much as the two that were nominated a while back?!

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  18. I think one lady is saying to the other:
    "Don't look round, but I think we've pulled!"

    (I did have an alternative, but chickened out, as it was a bit rude)

    Really Shell!
    -Oh sorry, I mis-read 'tooties'.

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  19. I'm glad they still have the chairs in the park. After all, they removed many of the classic Paris benches!

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  20. Alexa "Then they said they needed one person to get off the plane "for balance."

    Hmmm.. that's scary.

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  21. LOL, Cali!

    I have looked at the public chairs in London and Paris and was amazed that the chairs wern't chained down so people couldn't steal them. I have never seen free standing chairs in an American garden, EVER!

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  22. Eiffel Tower Suzy - I left you a message under yesterday's pigeon picture!

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  23. That's so true PHX - I bet the chairs would stay in some places, but, not in a major city, that's for sure. Yet another reason to live in Paris!!!

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  24. Bargain Alert!!!

    I just got a great photo book of 360 degree photos of France at my local Barnes and Noble for $7.99 on the Bargain Book rack. I think B&N stores stock the same books around the US. And so, I assume it'll be going into the Bargain Racks everywhere at the same time. Its called France 360 and the photos are by Franck Charel with writing by Jean Taverne. Check it out - its a great buy!

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  25. Perfect photo. I love all the the green chairs in Paris parks. This photo reminds me of one I took in Palais Royal garden with the fountain shooting up in the background. I'll try to find it.

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  26. Drummond ~ 'tooties' LOL!!! {Sorry, I've only just looked back here ~ is it better late than never?}

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  27. This photo reminds me of a dream i made two nights ago in which a man I love was in the same place than me but there was electrcity in the air between us. We did not speak to each other and I felt him angry. I was also feeling that something had to happen. It was our time. I was not thinking at all. It was a short and pretty slow scene, slightly graceful. My man sat down on a chair a few minutes. I didn't know whether he had seen me or not. He probably knew I were around but that was not precise in his mind at this moment and he was in his thoughts. Another chair stood beside him. I came and sat on this chair without a word nor any tension, quietly, though a kind of tension could have been felt before. Naturally, he put his right arm behind me on the top of the chair. Just like if he did that many times before, very obviously. And I took his hand with my left hand and pulled his arm close to me. That was warm, sweet, quiet and strong. I turned my face and kissed him with the feeling we were one in harmony for big and small things simply. That was natural and graceful. Light like the air. Then, we stood and walked bras dessus bras dessous.

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  28. Very XVII Century; very chic.

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