I just read there was a bomb alert in Paris yesterday and they had to stop all traffic at Place de l'Etoile (Charles de Gaulle) in the middle of the day. A pretty unusual scene needless to say. Now the closest thing to an empty place de l'Etoile I have in stock right now is... this place de la Concorde at night LOL! Don't worry you can still continue coming to Paris though, it was just a scare and nothing happened.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Monday, April 29, 2013
a photo of the inauguration day!
Tags 01st, gardens, Monument Photographed at Jardin des Tuileries, Place de la Concorde, 75001 Paris, France
Sunday, April 28, 2013
I hear the weather is cold and rainy in Paris at the moment, but I have good hopes it will improve by the end of the week and especially next Sunday when we have the PDP picnic. I still have in mind the usual location (at the end of rue de l'Amiral Coligny, on the river side), but I may change my mind depending on the weather. Stay tuned. In the meantime here is a typical Paris sky photo that I took in the Tuileries gardens. Have a nice Sunday.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Friday, April 26, 2013
Jean-Gabriel Antoine Davioud during the last century, under Haussmann's "reign". Now things change and the authorities are more concerned about what we call "bio diversity" and the Paris town hall is experimenting new kinds of tree bases. I don't think tree grids will disappear anytime soon though ;-)
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Tags 07th, Bridge, Sun Photographed at Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor, Saint-Sébastien-sur-Loire, France
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Monday, April 22, 2013
On the Eastern part of Paris, there is an ex-suburban areas called Bercy which became part of Paris in 1860. It used to be a huge hub for the wine trade: the wine barrels would be delivered by boat via the nearby river Seine then stored in these huge buildings called chais. The area was very busy and active until the mid 50's after which it turned into a pretty dead zone. Towards the end of the century someone at the town hall decided to turn it to life again. The chais were turned into several interesting spots: a shopping mall, a "food court" and even a theme park.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Publié par Eric@ParisDailyPhoto
Tags 01st, gardens Photographed at Jardin des Tuileries, Place de la Concorde, 75001 Paris, France
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Friday, April 19, 2013
Ooops I'm late posting... I forgot to activate the scheduling tool and my photo did not publish automatically. Anyway, I left Paris yesterday afternoon but I won't leave you without a daily shot of your favorite city of course ;-) To celebrate here is a typical view: sunset on the Alexandre III bridge. I will be more imaginative tomorrow, but for now I just need to sleep!
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Here I am talking about spring again, but this time not about the season, about this water spring (OK, it's more a fountain than a spring ;-)) that I found this morning in the 11th arrondissement. I did my magic Tenin perspective again and voilà! Much ado about nothing, I know, but still the effect is cool ;-) Facts and figures: there are 498 fountains and 3 official springs in Paris, we're surely not at risk to die of thirst... Off to a little packing now, I have to catch a plane today, remember?
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
I've quit wondering why people would harm innocent people just because they think they own the truth. They simply do and always will. I happen to have very good friends in Boston - and incidentally will be there in 2 days - and I feel close to this - usually - very peaceful city. I just wanted to pay it and its inhabitants a small tribute by posting a photo of the latest Paris Marathon.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Did I take this photo at night or during the day? Hard to tell isn't it? Well, yes, I took it in broad day light when the sun was shining, only the light was so intense that it increased the contrasts and produced this "full moon reflection effect". I took it at Place de la Concorde, by the Seine (obviously!) where the have a large docking area for boats (imagine living on a boat at Place de la Concorde!). I had a walk there last Sunday hoping to take a few shots (I'm soon going away on vacation so I need to "feed the beast" in advance if I want to make sure there will be a photo a day on PDP while I'm gone!), but all I kept is this one.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Each country has its movies, books, tales... that remain forever in the culture. Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (The young girls of Rochefort) is one of them. It's a 1967 movie by Jacques Demy starring Catherine Deneuve, her sister (the late Françoise Dorléac) and Gene Kelly. It was also one of the first musical that was made in France. Anyway, the thing is that at the moment, at the Cinémathèque de Paris, there is a Jacques Demy retrospective and to celebrate several people organized yesterday a flashmob in front of the Paris Town hall. It was fun, even though a little bit crowded as you can see!
Tags 04th, Street scene Photographed at Mairie de Paris, 29 Rue de Rivoli, 75004 Paris, France
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Joan of Arc is a true hero in France so no wonder you find a lot of her statues everywhere. In Paris there are no less than 6 (the one at Place des Pyramides being the most famous one) including this one at Place Saint Augustin (which is also the name of the church you can see in the background). As you can see the weather is clearing up a little Sunday is supposed to be super sunny! I hope it'll remain so until May 5th when we have the PDP picnic this year!
Friday, April 12, 2013
Look what I found in the Bercy area, an area where I rarely go. This stunning statue by Florence de Ponthaud-Neyrat called Plénitude. Plénitude means fullness and I really think the artist did a fantastic job expressing this feeling through her sculpture. Of course the water helps too (this "pond" actually belongs the the Pullman hotel), but even without it you can feel this "fullness". Also, I like the contrast between the modern, square bulding in the background and the smooth curves of the lady ( I was also lucky to have a little ray of sun in the back when I took the photo. have a nice Friday everyone.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
I I already told you about Gregos, the street artist who glues his face (well a cast of his face, like this one) on a lot of walls of Paris. Well some other street artist found a way to use his work and complete it with his own stickers! I thought it was clever and funny. FYI, the bubble on the right is also related to this, it reads "J'ai failli perdre la tête" (I almost lost my head) which is the equivalent to "I almost lost my mind" in English. Last thing, I too this photo in Montmartre, but I'm sure you already recognized this!
Tags 18th, Graffiti, Street Artist Photographed at Le Musée de Montmartre, 12-14 Rue Cortot, 75018 Paris, France
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
I was coming back from near the Eiffel Tower today, when I was suddenly blocked by the Police : no throughway, they said... Then I turned my head and saw that they had totally closed the Pont de l'Alma (in the background)... That is how I realized there was a demonstration nearby and that the Police wanted to prevent them from reaching the French Parliament. I could not help but taking a photo of course... The funny part is that when I did, a guy came closer to me and said: it's the French spring! referring to the Arab revolutions who took place in Spring. I doubt it, but I must say the scene was quite impressive...
Tags 07th, Demonstration, Rain Photographed at Pont de I'Alma, Place de l'Alma, 75007 Paris, France
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Things change... In the 70's, automobiles were very popular in France: the demand was strong, the French car industry was booming and the equipment rate was skyrocketing! This boom led to the need for more roads... Problem: where do you build roads in a city like Paris that was built several hundred years ago when cars did not exist?! Well... One of the answers was... along the Seine! That's how the Voies sur berges (river bank throughway) were born. Nowadays things are different and cars are much less desirable ! That's why the Paris Mayor decided to... permanently close a stretch of more than two kilometers of the Voies sur berges from the Musée d'Orsay and the Pont de l'Alma, and turn them into gardens and passers by area.
Tags 07th, Seine Photographed at Pont de I'Alma, Place de l'Alma, 75007 Paris, France
Monday, April 08, 2013
It was the Paris Marathon yesterday (Sunday) in Paris and it was also a fantastic day for running (sunny and cold). Like every year, I went by the river banks to take a few photos of runners and selected this one, first because you can see the nice weather and also because you can see this "typical Frenchman with a béret" on the right! Just FYI, the first woman was the Ethiopian Boru Tadese (2 hours 21 min!) and the first man was the Kenyan Peter Some (2 hours 5 minutes). Not bad!
Sunday, April 07, 2013
France is not a very corrupted country, but from time to time, some newspaper manages to dig out some dirt and find something. At the moment, precisely, there is huge scandal in France because an investigation website discovered that the (now ex!) minister in charge of the budget had an account in tax
Saturday, April 06, 2013
Yes, these are garbage cans/dustbins! No, it's not very glamour, but I found them pretty attractive with their bright colors (each of them matching a certain type of garbage of course). I photographed them at Bercy Village, where they have a huge movie theater (the modern building behind the garbage cans actually belongs to this movie theater). One funny fact to end this caption: in French we call garbage cans "poubelle" after the name of the Paris chief police who "invented" them in 1884: Eugène Poubelle (he actually "invented" the collection of garbage in Paris).
Friday, April 05, 2013
Ask any Parisian what he thinks of the weather at the moment and he will probably go "pfffffff" and raise his/her eyes meaning "I cannot take this cold and this rain anymore!". And believe me, that is exactly how I would behave if you asked me the question! There is a upside to it though: it allowed me to make this cool photo... You will all have recognized the Place Saint Sulpice I'm sure... And no, the lady in the photo is not Catherine Deneuve, even though she lives right there, in one of the buildings in the background!
Thursday, April 04, 2013
Originally, I did not take this photo because of the guy in the foreground, but because I liked the perspective and because you can see a bit of the canal Saint Martin in the background. And then I looked up the guy's name (Frédérick Lemaitre) on the web and found out that he used to be an actor and was apparently famous during the 19th century (he was born in 1800). Then it made me think of posterity and the reason(s) why you remain in people's memory (and not just a on a bust at a crossing of course LOL!). Sorry, I'm talking nonsense today, I had a hard day;-)
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Who said nothing grows on concrete! Look at what I found at La Defense, the business district of Paris where there is far more concrete than grass! OK... They are not real flowers, but flowers made of recycled plastic bottles that are part of an exhibition by Pierre Estève. It's also a "crowdsourcing" event, where everyone is invited to contribute and bring their own bottles! Cool isn't it?
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
You all know about these love locks that lovers attach to Le Pont des Arts (and now a lot of other bridges and not only in Paris!) - see this article in the NY times for more. Well, I passed by it yesterday, found this little breach in it and thought it was very symbolic. As many point out, love is not supposed to be a chain - nor a lock for that matter - but you're supposed to stay together out of freewill ;-)
Tags 06th, Bridge, Typical Paris Photographed at Pont des Arts, Quai du Louvre, Place de l'Institut, 75006 Paris, France
Monday, April 01, 2013
It's April 1st, I should be posting an April fools' day prank, but no... Remember on every 1st of the month it's a theme day within the CityDailyPhoto community and... well today's theme is: pedestrian crossings. We no longer have passage cloutés (nailed crossings) like this one in Paris; they have all been replaced by zebra crossings like the one in this photo. Not very typical Paris, I agree, but theme compliant! One important thing: unlike in most civilized countries in the world, pedestrians don't have the right of way in Paris (they legally do, but not in the mind of Parisian drivers!), so don't expect that cars will stop for you! Please, have a look at all pedestrian crossings all over the world!