Thursday, January 21, 2010

Birthdays and anniversaries...


Today is January 21st and on top of it being my birthday (and a VERY important one !!) it's also the anniversary of the death of Louis the XVIth. He was guillotined around 10 am on January 21st 1793 on Place de La Révolution (Revolution Square) which was renamed Place de La Concorde in 1795 (read the whole story here). So guess where I went to take a photo last night?! It's not very good, but at least it's appropriate!

124 comments:

  1. Joyeux ciquantième anniversaire Éric ! ! !

    ReplyDelete
  2. Happy Birthday Eric dahling! :D xxxxx
    What a fabulous shot, I really adore this one - one of your best. Mwah!

    ReplyDelete
  3. A very fitting photo. The lights from the lamp posts look like candles burning atop a birthday cake baked specially for you.

    Happy Birthday, Eric. A momentous day, indeed.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Joyeux anniversaire, Eric!!
    And at least as many years ahead.
    Who will think a second to Louis the XVIth today? Tell me? Everyone will only think of you!
    Je t'embrasse.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Not very good? It's fabulous, and so are you dear Birthday Boy. Happy 50th.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Happy Birthday!
    Happy Birthday!!
    Happy Birthday!!!

    This photo is FABULOUS, as are you. It looks as though everyone has come to la Place to celebrate!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Oh ! ! and another thing Eric, I found one or two shots of you in a few different countries and you may like to see yourself on Adelaide Daily Photo when you wake in the morning.

    (they are not those you have already seen).

    Happy, Happy Birthday, cobber.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Yes Suzy, in fact I'm pretty sure that by the end of the day the crowd of us will have filled la place de la concorde.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Bon anniversaire, Eric! I think it's a wonderful photo—and appropriate, as you say (at least for Louis). Glad you didn't try the perspective here. It's dangerous enough without that! I have a message for you on my blog, so I'll be back in six hours (when it's the 21st here) with a link. Meanwhile, hope you'll be having a big celebration --

    ReplyDelete
  10. Happy birthday! I’ll bet you are surprised that I could find a photo of your birthday cake. Fifty candles!

    It seems that many people have lost their heads over your blog.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Tall Gary,

    You are very creatif, but I think the candles, they will melt.
    We must sing happy birthday before they are blown out !

    ReplyDelete
  12. There is nothing else to say but Bonne Anniversaire, Happy Birthday. I'm still going to sneak up on you...

    ReplyDelete
  13. Oh, I don't know, I kind of like this shot!

    Happy b'day Eric, and many more to come.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Happy birthday, Eric, and many more.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Feliz Cumpleanos Eric. Really 50? Damn you look good.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Eric,
    Happy birthday from Bangkok; I hope your day is filled with joy. Paris Daily Photo makes me smile every single day. Thanks for the lovely gift of your blog!

    ReplyDelete
  17. It's your birthday, Eric, and you make us a gift of this terrific photo.

    A Happy Big Five-Oh to you and many, many more!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Happy Birthday from Sydney Eric. And like others, I'd also like to thank you for the reminder of Paris that you give to us every day. Have a wonderful day. P.S. I also love this photo - it's great.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Bonne Anniversaire Eric du Kentucky.
    50 est pas si mal.....

    ReplyDelete
  20. Joyeux anniversaire, et merci encore une fois de toutes vos photos!

    Amicalement,

    Marie

    ReplyDelete
  21. Eric, I hope your birthday is as joyous as are the days you bring us with PDP. And you're going to like being 50! I know, I've been 50 for years.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Monna said it best"thanks for the gift of your blog" and Cali noticed the birthday candles.
    A most Happy Birthday from your Southwestern(not Carcassone)girlfriend.

    ReplyDelete
  23. .. bonne anniversaire, Eric. I like this photo. BTW: It is only an 'important' birthday if you use a base 10 number system, which is rather arbitrary. I just had an even more 'important' birthday myself. We have plenty to celebrate, fellow Capricorn.

    ReplyDelete
  24. A very Happy Birthday to you!!! Of course, you're fast asleep into the day after by now.....but hope that your day was a very special one.

    ReplyDelete
  25. Oh I"m late. Pardon mon cher ami! I was squeezing into my trés chic dress just for your joyeux anniversaire! Pop one more cork pour moi!

    And that photo is fab so don't apologize.

    Salut Eric!
    V

    ReplyDelete
  26. Have a wonderful Birthday Eric! Thank you for this awesome photo.

    ReplyDelete
  27. Hope you've had a great birthday, Eric! Like others, I like this photo, too. It's perfect in B&W. (The reflections remind me of candles...on a cake :))

    ReplyDelete
  28. Happy Birthday! Thanks for brightening each day for me with your great photos. They bring back great memories of Paris for me every day!

    ReplyDelete
  29. Happy Birthday Eric.
    It's a beautiful photo.
    Enjoy the day!

    ReplyDelete
  30. BONNE ANNIVAIRSAIRE, ERIC!!! I'm just getting to log on after work, so let me add my late best wishes. I hope your draining the last drops of your best champagne, that you don't have to go to work in the morning, and that you're dreaming of all the wonderful things you'll do now that you're 50 for the first time! (I agree with Petrea!) May all the joy you've given us come back to you a hundred times.

    And, the photo is not so great??? Are you kidding us? I think its wonderful -- another home run. You do your city proud. Merci, merci.

    ReplyDelete
  31. So one man is beheaded on this day and one man is eating his cake. That's grand! Don't you just love Paris. Sounds like a joke is bubbling to get out from this one...hmmm, Marie Antoinette, cake...bread...no no, I'll let it go and just wish you the Greatest of Birthdays. Remember now that you're fifty, you must not blow out the cake and eat the candles, but ... ah, you'll figure it out. ;-) Cheers my man! We salute you.

    ReplyDelete
  32. Happy Birthday camera man
    May your birthday wish come true!

    ReplyDelete
  33. Many, many happy returns of the day. I'm glad you were born and even more glad you started a blog!

    ReplyDelete
  34. I like the photo. I think it's good. It looks nostalgic -- probably because you chose B&W. I love that Ferris wheel. It is a monster. I have never seen such a big Ferris wheel in my life. When I first saw it I was riding in a cab -- I almost didn't believe my eyes. I had to confirm with the cab driver what I was seeing. He said, Oh yeah, the Ferris wheel. Yeah, it's big alright. He sees it every day. Do you think if there was a big huge storm that it would blow over? Spooky :-s He said, no. It's okay -- don't worry.

    Merci for the history of "Revolution Square". I love history.

    ReplyDelete
  35. Wishing you a wonderful birthday!

    ReplyDelete
  36. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  37. Eric -- I left you a message on my blog.
    (Thanks for the suggestion, Petrea.)
    Bisoux . . .

    ReplyDelete
  38. Did I suggest that? Oh for heaven's sake. When you've been 50 as long as I have, the memory starts to go.

    ReplyDelete
  39. Happy Happy Birthday Eric! I am so glad you were born! You are one of those special lights we all love to be around.
    & Thank you for inspiring us to create!

    ReplyDelete
  40. BON ANNIVERSAIRE !!
    Je vous souhaite autant de cadeaux que tout ceux que vous nous apportez par vos photos !
    Et autant de bons moments que les liens que vous tissez à travers le monde.
    Merci.

    ReplyDelete
  41. Happy birthday Eric!
    Thank you for making us dream!
    Manos-Greece

    ReplyDelete
  42. Cher Eric,
    ***Bon anniversaire***
    BISOUS !

    The photo is great - love it.

    ReplyDelete
  43. Happy B-Day and may every day be a photo day:)

    ReplyDelete
  44. Happy Birthday, dear Eric - enjoy the real one and the virtual! I hope you can feel the love being sent you from around the world. xxx

    ReplyDelete
  45. I love the photo! Joyeux anniversaire, cher Eric! You bring so much joy and light to the world!

    ReplyDelete
  46. A very happy birthday to you dear Eric. Soon it will also be the birthday of PDP! If I recall, the camera was a gift for your birthday which started this whole madness. What can you expect to get this year that will change the world?

    ReplyDelete
  47. Happy Birthday to one of the true lights... in the city of lights.

    ReplyDelete
  48. Happy Birthday have a super day and I am sure you will be having a delicious birthday dinner ( photos please?)

    ReplyDelete
  49. Happy birthday Eric!
    I know nobody else like you, as beloved as you are all over the planet. And so much deserved! I'm so glad I know you.
    Enjoy your special day and keep up doing so well :)

    ReplyDelete
  50. Have a good one, Eric! ... I'm going to try and enjoy my 50th - which isn't all that far away now - as much as you are surely going to enjoy yours. With any luck, it will also be in Paris. ... Very best wishes for the year(s) to come!

    ReplyDelete
  51. Eric

    Congratulations on being 49 again!

    Thanks for your continued efforts with PDP, your site is simply the best DP site there is.

    Cheers

    Rich

    ReplyDelete
  52. Happy Birthday, Eric! Thank you for sharing your view of Paris with the world each day. After following your blog for a few years, I have begun to blog myself! Thanks for the daily inspiration!

    Dana

    ReplyDelete
  53. Joyeux anniversaire et merci pour la vision esthète, décalée et/ou amusante de Paris que vous nous offrez chaque jour !

    ReplyDelete
  54. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
    Celebrate and enjoy it!!:-)

    ReplyDelete
  55. Have a wonderful day and night celebrating your birthday and many thanks for the fantastic blog - I so enjoy all your photos and captions, too.
    Catherine

    from Marin County, California, USA (just over the Golden Gate Bridge)

    ReplyDelete
  56. Poor old Louis. Just as well it is after 10 am over there where you are celebrating.
    Eric, dear friend, I just know that you are having a fantastic birthday. Congratulations on the 50th anniversary of your birth.
    Love, hugs, kisses & smiles,
    Mme B

    ReplyDelete
  57. Très belle photo pour un très bel anniversaire !

    ReplyDelete
  58. A very Happy Birthday to you Eric, all the way from Mumbai, India!!!
    Sonal

    ReplyDelete
  59. lol good point, Michael! Eric; do tell us what gifts you have received?

    ReplyDelete
  60. Ah yes, quite forgot; more Birthday kisses xxxxxxxxxxxx bises!

    ReplyDelete
  61. Birthday wishes are being sent to you all the way from Phoenix Arizona. Happy Birthday!

    ReplyDelete
  62. Happy Birthday and thank you for the photographic present you give me every day!

    ReplyDelete
  63. Le roi est mort (Louis 16)!!!
    Vive le roi (Eric)!!!

    ReplyDelete
  64. Happy Birthday, dear heart. I hope your day is as wonderful as the photos you give us! Enjoy

    ReplyDelete
  65. Bon anniversaire, Eric!! I hope your birthday has been all that you wished for and more. And I love your photo ~ soft and gentle yet festive ~ perhaps somewhat like you.

    ReplyDelete
  66. Thought I'd pop by to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY YOU WONDERFUL MAN!!! Keep up the great work you're doing of being you ;)

    ReplyDelete
  67. Happy birthday, happy birthday, happy happy birthday, happy happy happy birthday, I could say it all day because it is yours and it is a beautiful one.
    All my thoughts... and much more. Thank you for all (past and future).

    ReplyDelete
  68. HAPPY BIRTHDAY,ERIC!

    Thank you for yet another outstanding photo on such a truly momentous day!

    ReplyDelete
  69. joyeux anniversaire, Eric !
    votre blog est dans mon coeur depuis longtemps et de l'autre bout du monde je vous envois mes mes meilleures salutations.
    bonne continuation!

    je vous ai fait une petite carte d'anniversaire dans mon blog :)

    http://redlandsdailyphoto.blogspot.com/2010/01/hommage-paris-as-seen-from-clouds.html

    ReplyDelete
  70. Happy Birthday Eric!! This is a fabulous photo! Thank you! Buon Compleano... that's Happy Birthday in Italian and Auguri, best wishes... it's as close (geographically speaking) to French as I can get...Anyway, from the United States, Colorado to be exact on a cold grey winter day I hope the sun is shinning on you on your special day!! Enjoy! Valorie

    ReplyDelete
  71. Joyeux anniversaire, Eric! :)
    I hope that your birthday is as wonderful as your photos. Thanks a million for PDP and all the best for you! A birthday hug from Estonia is on the way!:)

    ReplyDelete
  72. All together now, the PDP choir will sing:

    Happy birthday to you,
    Happy birthday to you,
    Happy birthday dear Eric,
    Happy birthday to you!


    Yes, welcome to the Over Fifties Club Eric. Some of the benefits of membership include:

    -Things you buy now never wear out.

    -You can sing along with elevator music.

    - You can live without sex (but not without glasses).

    - Membership also entitles you to a little nap in the afternoons. However, you can no longer refer to this as a 'power nap'- it's your age, dear!

    Seriously, have a great birthday!


    PS-Anyone who actually DID sing along is probably over fifty as well.

    ReplyDelete
  73. Happy Birthday I frequently start my day here in Colorado looking at your work and drinking a cup of coffee. So Cheers!

    ReplyDelete
  74. Wishing you a glorious day and many, MANY wonderful years to come. Thanks for meeting us at the Café Brebant last week...you are a kind soul and the blogging community adores you...
    Salut Eric!

    ReplyDelete
  75. Happy Birthday Eric!! I hope you have a fantastic day!

    ReplyDelete
  76. lol Drummond! - oops yes I sang along. I agree with all that you said there :)

    ReplyDelete
  77. Gorgeous photo, Eric! Hope you're having the Happiest Birthday today!

    And aren't you glad you don't have to follow in Louis XVI's steps today? :)

    ReplyDelete
  78. Happy Birthday Eric, I have enjoyed your photos of Paris for a long time.
    Thank you for all your wonderful work.

    ReplyDelete
  79. So fabulous, Eric!
    Drummond I DID and I'm still under fifty (ooops sorry, Drummond ;)). But you know a niece of mine told with a sweet wink (really sweety) to her father, the day of his fifty : "That's not too bad Dad. You know, at forty, you were already old ;)".

    ReplyDelete
  80. Stunning photo, though I'm sure it looks a bit different than the day Louix XVI last saw it! Et bon anniversaire!

    ReplyDelete
  81. Happy, happy birthday on this cold grey day in Paris. Your shot is spectacular! Who watches your back when you stand in the middle of the street being so creative?

    ReplyDelete
  82. Happy Birthday, Eric. Many happy returns.

    ReplyDelete
  83. Hi everyone. Don't go thinking I ignore you! I'm just still at the office and now on my way to a dinner (no, not a B-day dinner party, but a work dinner!)

    See you in a bit.

    ReplyDelete
  84. What a lovely message from Océane!
    Drummond -- I sang too, but I've been turning 50 for a while now.
    Wouldn't it be funny if Eric's "work dinner" turned out to be a big surprise party? Actually, that would be perfect.

    ReplyDelete
  85. A work dinner with you would never be a work dinner! Too bad I don't work with you, do I?
    Did I tell you Happy birthday today ? Hmm, ah yes, true! But one more - just in case you'd forgotten ;)

    ReplyDelete
  86. Happy Birthday Eric, yahoo I am the 100th commentator

    ReplyDelete
  87. Joyeux ciquantième anniversaire Éric ! ! !

    ReplyDelete
  88. "Guillemette said...
    Le roi est mort (Louis 16)!!!
    Vive le roi (Eric)!!!"

    Si La Reine parle, écouter!

    Enjoy when you can, but don't feel too importantant: remember, you're only half-way there now!

    ReplyDelete
  89. "Guillemette said...
    Le roi est mort (Louis 16)!!!
    Vive le roi (Eric)!!!"

    Si La Reine parle, écoutez!

    Enjoy when you can, but don't feel too importantant: remember, you're only half-way there now!

    ReplyDelete
  90. Bon anniversaire! Vous êtes maintenant sur la colline....

    Which means you can now make inappropriate jokes, be late without excuse and start sentences with "I remember when....."!

    Enjoy your day...


    Sean

    ReplyDelete
  91. Bon Anniversaire aussi de la part de Buzz Girl, tres occupée en ce moment mais qui n'aurait pour rien au monde voulu rater la party.

    Gros bisous Eric!

    ReplyDelete
  92. You are half a century old, Eric. he he I can say it, as I am too. We are 100 years old between us. Eek!!

    ReplyDelete
  93. Lots of fun with your birthday. And champagne off course. Congratulations.

    ReplyDelete
  94. Happy day and oh boy, I didn't realize my favorite metro station had such a location history !

    ReplyDelete
  95. Cher Eric,
    Je te souhaite encore beaucoup d'autres belles annees et t'embrasse tres fort.
    Joyeux Anniversaire!
    Dorothee

    ReplyDelete
  96. Happy Birthday Eric!
    Thank you for a lovely blog, looking forward to another year
    Pipxxx

    ReplyDelete
  97. The photo is apropriate cause it's grand.

    Just like you are dear Eric. Happy Birthday! It IS a grand date!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  98. Happy Birthday Eric!!
    I wish you have a wonderful and great day ever~

    ReplyDelete
  99. Eric,

    Happy belated birthday.

    JPTnDC

    ReplyDelete
  100. Happy belated Birthday Eric! Have a wonderful year full of great pics!

    ReplyDelete
  101. Thank you Alexa. We were on the same wave length and it feels so good sharing such a great time with Eric.
    I spent really a very happy 21st January this year ; the best one for me so far :) Unique.

    ReplyDelete
  102. Happy birthday, Eric!
    Thank you so much for always being there.

    p.s. : faites attention de ne pas attraper un rhume, il fait tres froid dehors!

    ReplyDelete
  103. A belated Happy Birthday to you!
    (It was my birthday too!)
    Thank you for posting pictures of the most fabulous place on earth!
    Tesla

    ReplyDelete
  104. Happy belated birthday Eric. So sorry I missed it. I hope it was wonderful.
    Deb

    ReplyDelete
  105. A happy belated birthday wish wings across the Atlantic to you. What an historic date!

    ReplyDelete
  106. Joyeux anniversaire! Peut-être qu'un jour je finirai par rejoindre ce groupe que je retrouve souvent sur les blogs... mais une fois par jour? Un peu trop pour moi.

    ReplyDelete
  107. One moment, I'll post mine soon. just wanted to say I love your new site!

    ReplyDelete