Tuesday, March 11, 2014

PDP, the last year!

Today is the 9th anniversary of PDP...  Had I known when I started PDP in 2005 with a little Sony camera that I would still be running it 9 years later,  I would have never believed it! Everything has to come to an end though and... well, today is the first day of the last year of PDP. I have one more year to grab the essence of one of the most beautiful cities in the world and I do hope you'll stick with me for one more round ;-) Happy anniversary to you too!

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  1. I've been waiting for this post, Eric--refreshing the screen, knowing it was PDP's birthday. You've stuck with it longer than anyone else! Your life changes when suddenly you don't have to be thinking about and posting the day's photo.

    I will miss you, of course, but your amazing archive will be fun to visit. I'm looking forward to the rest of this final year!

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  2. CONGRATULATIONS. I found your blog by searching for images / photos of Paris....only because of a postcard I got from someone visiting your city. Now I know quite a lot about your city as well as many other cities, that I had never heard about. Anyway, CELEBRATE ! Thanks for a very nice and interesting blog! Greetings from Gunn / Stavangerdailyphoto.com (in Norway)

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  3. Congratulation Eric, your PDP with CityDailyPhoto has been and it is much more than an inspiration !!!

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  4. Happy everything to you!

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  6. I had to read your post twice, worrying this was the last photo. Knowing it is the your last year of posting amazing photos will make them even more special. Happy anniversary Eric!

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  7. What a bittersweet day it is! I'm so much later to the party than everyone else (more than 8 years later), but I so enjoy seeing your beautiful photos, educational points, and clever musings each day. Thank you for your outstanding commitment - I'm truly in awe!

    I hope to be able to meet you at a PDP picnic before you close up shop!

    Joyeux anniversaire !

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  8. It's astonishing to think one could start out on that road and keep it up!

    A year to go... wow!

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  9. Happy Blogovesary, Eric! 9 years! I think I've been following your blog for 8 of those years. Inspirational! May this be a very good year for PDP -- and you!

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  10. It is sad to see your PDP blog closing... but all great [and not so great] things come to an end sometime. Thank you for all your efforts. We will enjoy this last year!

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  11. I always remember this anniversary because it's also my mother's (she's 94 today—does that make you feel like a quitter?) and just yesterday I thought, "I wonder how much longer Eric will keep it up."
    I was hoping for forever, but at least you've given us a year to get used to the idea—and a year to change your mind. (Oh how I wish we could!)

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    1. Yes Alexa, you said it. Now get to plotting will ya!

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  12. Nooooo!!!! I have enjoyed your photos everyday since 2007 and was overjoyed to finally see some of the beautiful Parisian sites for myself the next year. Thank you for the daily doses of Paris. Congratulations and here's to an amazing year to come :)

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  13. Wau Eric, such a great achievement of you... I found you the first time in 2007... and followed your PDp every day... but did not comment that often... we will all miss you very much... but thank you for warning us 1 year a head... that is really niece off you.. so we all don't have to get a big schock I am looking forward every day to your inspiring pic... Merci beaucoup , Eric :-)))

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  14. Happy anniversary Eric. Totally understand your message, but bittersweet it is. Ineke from (no longer) Rotterdam daily photo

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  15. Congratulations on your perseverance. I've been a daily visitor for eight years and used so many of your lovely photos as background on my computer. I will pay very close attention to your last year's work. Thank you so much!

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  16. Simply unbelievable - happy - sad - understandable - glad
    Not sure what to say.
    Have met so many people via this venture.
    Saw so many changes in technologies - collaboration - social behavior
    Have watched the migration from touristy shots to educational posts

    Thanks for bringing THIS all together Eric.
    Thanks for bringing US all together.

    I always wondered why the news media never picked up on this phenomenon of connecting the world or a publishing house didn't approach you for a book series. I think we still have a year to make that happen somehow. Some way.

    Happy anniversary and here's to the next 364 photos of Paris!

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  17. I will be so sad to see you leaving. I have always used the blog as my guide of real Paris
    I have met so many wonderful people here, Michael, Monica, Guille, Lynn (both), Cathy, Jeff... and many others who I have met only virtually.
    But HAPPY BIRTHDAY anyway! and well done for keep going for 9 years!

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  18. Joyeux anniversaire Eric.... I'm a relative late-comer and I too, like everybody else, shall be more than a tad sad to see the end of you here - you were and are a total inspiration and the world around and in Paris will be a slightly sadder place without you but on the other hand, you were giving - and are still - peeps so much joy, information, ideas, inspiration and a sniff of Paris for such a long time (and I shall have the joy to 'fouille' in your archives in years to come ....) that we just should be very, very grateful for your generous gifts of time, ideas, lovely photos and very often (in my case, as a Swiss woman living nr Paris) valuable information!
    MERCI DE TOUT COEUR CHER AMI - I shall plaster your birthday tarte on for today's screen saver and thus celebrate with you a non-fattening birthday treat :)
    gros bisous, Kiki

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  19. Wow! Ca, c'est une info....Alors, happy birthday, PDP. Thanks, Eric for all these greats views of Paris. Thanks for all the people I've met, IRL and virtually, through this blog...
    And, yes, bravo also for this decision, which was probably not an easy one. Cette dernière année va être intense !!
    Et à propos, Does that mean that next picnic will be the last picnic?

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  20. I, too, had to read your post twice. Mixed feelings to say the least.
    Then what to say that would not sound stupid ?
    I may think you have come up with the right decision. 10 years, this is a big wonderful slice.
    But may I also strongly hope, there will be soon the what's next question to be answered?! One year ahead. Cool. Still cool.
    Where will I read your photos in a year :'( And look at your words ? Or vice versa? I will miss both.
    BTW, is it the photo of the first PDP anniversary you have reposted today?
    In this case, everything would be good to hope !
    Anyway, it is a great photo for an UNBELIEVABLE 9th - HAPPY - ANNIVERSARY ! Congratulations, all the best and beyond !

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  21. I am not really accepting this yet....Almost ten years??? Really???? I remember when I first found you while I was surfing the web, propped up on the sofa, spending almost three months in my apartment in San Francisco after I had my accident and couldn't walk because of three herniated discs in my lower spine. I remember staying up very late at times because the pain medication made me so sick to my stomach I couldn't even lie down and I would wait for you to post the daily photo. I think Michael's words say what I feel best...so I will copy them...I am sure there will be many more words and reminiscences as the next year continues...."You Ain't Goin' Anywhere Buddy!!!" Do I sound like an old movie? Sniff, sniff....at least you have given us a year of warning....."Have met so many people via this venture.
    Saw so many changes in technologies - collaboration - social behavior
    Have watched the migration from touristy shots to educational posts

    Thanks for bringing THIS all together Eric.
    Thanks for bringing US all together."

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  22. Yeah, what Michael said. It's been a great run. But in addition I would say consider not making us go cold turkey next year. Maybe do Paris Weekly Photo for a while. Then go to Paris Monthly Photo. After that maybe we can kick the habit.... if we must.
    In addition, I want to thank you for first inspiring me and then helping me get into the CDP business. I confess I'll never make it 10 years (I wasn't even sure I'd make one!)

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  23. Thank you for bringing me back to Paris each day. I have been using PDP with my middle school French students in Webster, NY for the past 6 years and they have enjoyed this part of our daily class routine. Your blog has given us some great cultural discussions, and it will be missed. Merci beaucoup!

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  24. As others have said, what a bittersweet post. Happy anniversary to one of my favorite places on the web, and what a sad countdown to it's end. I haven't commented actively for the past few years, but PDP has still been part of my daily routine. As always, thank you for sharing Paris with us, and I certainly hope that we still continue to see occasional glimpses of Paris through your lens post-PDP.

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  25. Je vais ajouter quelques mots en français - que les amoureux de Paris comprendront sans doute ou dont ils voudront bien ne pas me tenir rigueur. Je consulte PDP depuis plusieurs années (probablement 7 ans) même si je commente peu.
    PDP, last year. Je mesure le chemin parcouru au fil de tous ces jours, de toutes ces années. Chaque jour, une halte sur ce chemin, comme s'il était déjà tracé alors que non, il s'est dessiné au fur et à mesure de chaque photo. Et voilà que le chemin va s'arrêter, apprend-on, après tous ces km parcourus, toutes ces haltes. Toutes ces cartes postales.
    Moi aussi je me souviens, quoique de manière diffuse, de notre premier contact. Que de chemin parcouru, que de souvenirs, avec cet univers, qui m'aura fait voyager, mais aussi comprendre et apprendre. Se souvenir du quotidien de chacun des 365 jours de chacune de ces années, c'est considérable. Mais en photos, oui c'est possible et c'est PDP!!! Une aventure qui colle à la peau comme une partie de nous-mêmes. Et tout ce chemin entre un début, premier jour et une fin, un dernier jour. Un segment. Peut-être ou peut-être pas. Une demie droite qui persistera. En tous cas, un homme est derrière PDP. Et cet homme est loin d'être résumé à un segment pris entre un point A et un point B, fusse-t-il comparé à PDP. C'est bizarre comme j'essaie de retrouver le point A' de mon premier contact et comme j'ai des images qui me reviennent par dizaines. Des photos. Des photos personnelles et des photos de PDP. J'aime bien les mélanges. Mélanges en l'honneur de PDP et de son auteur. Comme on en publie pour des professeurs. C'est une idée. Qu'il faudra traduire :)
    Bon anniversaire. Take a great care of you.

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  26. Nooooo!! Eric, you are the very FIRST webpage I look at every single day!! I will miss you terribly. Thank you for always, ALWAYS making me smile. Congratulations on this anniversary and thank you for everything.

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  27. Happy Anniversary, Eric. You've brought such joy and discovery to our lives and I thank you for your dedication and hard work (even to have it ready while you're on vacation every single day!) It's something I look forward to every day and I have gotten to know some incredible friends from around the world here. I will continue to enjoy the next 364 days, knowing the amazing community you've brought together will as well. Thank you!

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  28. Eric, I read your daily posts 2 or 3 times each day because I share them with my students. I teach French in an American high school and my students enjoy seeing your photos and learning about Paris. I have started every single class for the past 5 or 6 years with your blog. It is an interesting way to add some culture to my lessons. You are a part of my daily lesson plan! We even read all the posts we have missed after a vacation. We were surprised and saddened by your news today.
    Madame Rose, Carthage High School, Carthage, NY, US

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  29. Pl, pl, pl keep it going.
    Learning so much from those pics and their little stories.
    Un gros Merci :-) et félicitations pour toutes ces années

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  30. What !? Is this real ? Please say it is not. You are exactly 3 weeks early for “April Fool’s Day”, so we’ll say that’s close enough. :^)

    Well, if it is true, then I don’t mind saying it will be a great loss, for myself and your many followers, and for the cultural and artistic world as a whole. I/we are ever so grateful for the tremendous beauty and one-of-a-kind insights you have shared so generously and with such enthusiasm. Such a candid, intimate, honest view of a city is almost impossible to get unless one moves to it, but you have brought it directly to us every day, and for that I am ever grateful.

    I am sure whatever is to be your next adventure, you will excel in it as you have with this and have a great time doing it....as I know have had with PDP !

    Kind regards,

    ~ Tim Robbins

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  31. Don't you go and make me cry ET. I can't imagine our blog world without you and PDP. You were my inspiration and always will be.
    Hugs,
    V

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  32. Happy 9th Blogoversary dear Eric. You've created something beyond your wildest imagination: a beautiful and informative daily photoblog, yes, but beyond that "the friendly Parisian" with an entrepreneurial bent brought together a worldwide community, many of whom have become friends online and in person. There are as many reasons to celebrate you and PDP on this 9th anniversary as there are visitors who have been touched by your work. Thanks for this window into Paris everyday and congratulations on an amazing run! Here's to the last lap--a victory lap indeed :-). All good wishes to you for happy surprises along the way!
    -Kim

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  33. HAppy blognniversary! MurciaDailyPhoto started in 2008 after watching your blog last days of 2007 searching for Paris images.
    Now it is time to enjoy the next 364 days. I will miss your blog. Thanks for your inspiration.

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  34. Thank you everyone. I've been very busy and did not find the time to read all your comments yesterday. I will today.

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  35. Happy Anniversary Eric and PDP! What sad news to learn that this is the last year for PDP. I will miss your daily dose of Paris and all I've learned in your posts and all the memories of your beautiful city that you help keep alive for me (My first visit was nine years ago in October and I found PDP shortly after my return home.) I'm going to cherish the next 364 days!

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  36. Oh yes! Oh no! That's how I feel... Congratulations dear Eric on this great day :) and I shall be sorry at the end of the year :( I completely understand though. It will always be here for us to enjoy though - and anyway we have another year yet! Hurrah! Xx

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  37. Happy Anniversary, and thank you for bringing your witty and artistic point of view of Paris to the start of my day. Your dedication to this project has been awesome and you must know how much joy and enrichment you've given to your world-wide readership. You are an inspiration. I'm sorry for me that this is our final lap…but I am so very happy for you, that you know it's time to move on and you're headed towards a more fulfilling and private life. Merci mucho.

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  38. Happiest Anniversary. I am a French teacher near St. Louis, Missouri, and for years, I have started each of my French classes with what we call "our picture of the day". My students look forward to your picture daily, and it has provided us with many interesting, cultural discussions. When I told them this would be the last year, they exclaimed, "what will we do without his pictures!?". My students and I wish you a very happy last year! Paris Daily Photo will be missed dearly by my students!

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  39. Wow 9 years!!! Who said "All good things must come to an end"? Like Alexa, I too am glad I have at least a year to get used to this idea.
    It really is amazing how you have brought so many people together from all over the world in such a positive creative way. I remember searching for a place where I could find insight into the lives of Parisians as well as Paris itself and feeling so happy to find what you created and so generously share. & then of course, inspiring me to do the same!
    Merci beaucoup Monsieur Tenin!

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  40. PS Are you planning on having a final picnic next year too?

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  41. A bittersweet post, for sure: quite an achievement that we all congratulate you for, and collective sadness to see you go. I don't think anyone mentioned that you are our daily escape from the routine and afford us a "mini-vacation", if only in our minds, when we look at your fabulous photos. Maybe your could change the character of your blog to "Paris Weekly Photo"? [Don't leave us high and dry!!!]

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  42. Hopefully this all ends with a soiree!

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  43. Congratulations and felicitations, so many wonderful impression of Paris you share over the years, so much joy given, merci beaucoup for everything! After all those years of looking at your daily posts, even I, who has never been to Paris, have come to know so much about your city, maybe more so than having visited for a few days. I am looking forward to another year of your daily pixel feast!

    I never realized you started out with a small Sony, so did I! i loved my Sony Cybershot, it must have taken thousands and thousands of pictures, until the one fatal moment I dropped it while falling of a fence I had attempted to climb in order to get a better view. ;-)

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    1. (Sorry, of course I fell OFF a fence. Apologies!)

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  44. I love your blog! Sorry if you already mentioned before but I hadn't caught the reason why are you ending? Nevertheless you've created a great memory for all of us - whether we've been or not to Paris. Thank you!

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  45. A belated congratulations on PDP’s 9th anniversary.

    I discovered your blog in early 2012 when I was researching Paris in preparation for my first trip. As an amateur photographer myself, I’ve appreciated the originality and creativity of your photos. It’s difficult to find a new perspective on a place that you see every day. In addition to enjoying the photos, I’ve also learned a bit of Paris’ history along the way, and have bookmarked a few places to visit the next time I’m there, especially the places with a Portuguese connection (my background).

    10 years is a huge commitment. Between work and family commitments alone, most of us don’t have much free times these days, so I thank you for having devoted 9 years to this project already.

    I wish you all the best for the coming year, and beyond.

    Sincerely,
    Lena

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  46. Happy anniversary and I shall miss you too Eric. I've been following your blog for 6 wonderful years. You inspired me to start my own blog and to learn French. You gave me something to smile at during a dark time in 2012 and your blog is still the first thing I check in the morning. Through you I've met wonderful people like Virginia, Petrea, Alexa, William Kendall, Shell Sherree and who can forget ET Suzy!
    I'm glad we will have one more year and I'm sad I never got to a PDP picnic.
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful city with us.
    Debs :-)

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  47. Like so many others, I had to read your comments twice for them to sink in. Starting this particular blogger movement is certainly something to be proud of. Perhaps you will change your mind before the end of the year. Or perhaps you have something entirely new planned for us. Looking forward to all the photos that you will share with us this year. Many thanks.

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  48. Dear Eric ~ I have made many beautiful friends I'd never have met if not for you. Glimpsing Paris through your eyes started out as my reason for being here but over time, that has become the icing on the cake instead. Thank you more than I'm sure I'll ever find the words to say. You are generous and talented and remarkable. Here's to your adventures that lie ahead.

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