Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Liberty watching over Paris


I'll never get tired of it! "It" is the Paris statue of Liberty, the one that was given to the Americans by the French, as a gift in 1885. I know you heard the story many times, but some still don't know it: sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi (and Gustave Eiffel for the metal structure) started its construction in 1875, completed it in 1884 and shipped it to the States (in 350 pieces!) in 1885. And on July 4, 1889 the American community in Paris offered the French a bronze replica of the Statue (1/4 scale, about 35 feet high) which is the one in this photo! This dramatic sky, though, did not come with the statue ;-) it was the one I saw yesterday around 5 o'clock.  

13 comments:

  1. Gorgeous!! And merci for Lady Liberty!

    Mammie

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  2. whoa...this picture gave me goose bumps. Eric, some stories need to be repeated. Simply magnificent!

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  3. Nicely done. An inspiration for what lies beyond...

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  4. Does it have a poem like the one in NY?

    "Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

    Tomate Farcie

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  5. The sky is Gorgeous!
    The photo is 2, ofcourse, but that sky makes it really 'awsome'!

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  6. To give someone from the heart is to give a piece of your heart....

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  7. I was in Paris once when the island and part of the plinth were flooded and under water.
    This is the best picture ever!

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  8. you're right; this one is WELL worth showing off a bit :)
    a beauty - merci du partage, t'es génereux.

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  9. Merci, Eric! I did not realize that Paris had a replica of Liberty.

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  10. I've always known it was there, but never got round to visiting this spot.
    Perhaps next time.

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  11. @Mammie, Jeff, Ms M. Kristie Merci!

    @Anne "whoa...this picture gave me goose bumps. " It does, doesn't it?

    @Tomate Farcie Nope! I did not know the NYC one had one.

    @Nikita "that sky makes it really 'awsome'!" I agree!, that is why I stopped.

    @PHX "I was in Paris once when the island and part of the plinth were flooded and under water." That's a good idea, I should come back next April...

    @Kiki "merci du partage, t'es génereux." ;-))

    @Drummond "I've always known it was there, but never got round to visiting this spot." If you want to save time, go from the Pont de Grenelle and not Bir Hakheim.

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