Paris : Fiction and Images, a New Series of Each
Pictured Left : New – Slumming in Paris, Part One, Arthur & Gricinda.
A fun novella. A young couple with a little time before their two children and the children’s four young cousins all arrive to join them in Paris (Parts Two & Three).
The images in this series of posts of Paris photos, are a record of the visual experience that provides part of the inspiration for my series of Paris based family novels.
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Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks : Photos – # 1
(Days 1 & 2)
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After the first two days in Paris, I realized I needed to have a folder for each day’s images. Of our thirty plus days there, only a few days had none to a few images. Plus the first two days, since I wasn’t separating the pictures then, were saved together.
These images, from those first two days in Paris, form almost a preview of some of the motifs I’d find most interesting during our stay: Notre Dame (churches), small streets (roadways), statues (history), and buildings (city dwelling).
There’s more of course, but those first days were an unrealized-at-the-time preview of our stay and interests.
The images in this series of posts are a record of the visual experience that provides part of the inspiration for my series of Paris based family novels.
There a few more images in this first post than I plan to usually have, which will probably average between 3-5 images.
But like those first few days, it was a little overwhelming suddenly being in Paris in such a great area, and I felt it best to include a little more this time around.
Taken from the inside of a small cafe on Blvd St Germain.
Brought the wood on the left out of the shadows, but other than that, only minor adjustments.
Really like the motion of the lines, the reflections, and a sense of peaceful exuberance
Down the street from the cafe pictured above, is where the Odeon metro and a large intersection with Odeon this and Odeon that is located. ;-) Movie houses, cafes.
It’s a beautiful busy area with avenues heading into many different neighborhoods. We didn’t know that at first of course, but discovered it so over the next few weeks -
South to the Luxembourg Gardens, west to St Germain de Pres, up a little street then over to St Sulpice, north up another street nearby to the Carrefour where we shopped a lot, and very near the busy arty eating area of Rue Saint-Andre des Arts.
These will all show up in future photos, and are areas well traveled in my fictional work “Slumming in Paris, Part One.”
This is an extension of the image immediately above (Odeon) with a statue of one of the critical heroes of the French Revolution, Georges Danton
I particularly like the idea of the image of this revolutionary hero, executed by more radical rebels later, during the Terror, surrounded today by couples, the elderly, workers, and everyday folk peacefully going about their lives.
We walked past this statue many many times, as going west on Bd St Germain, and north on Bd St Michel, were our two most favored routes.
Another walk those first two days down Blvd Saint-Germain. A little quieter and less crowded than usual, probably mid-morning.
This was early November, and it was nice to see some fall foliage still left.
Another little food market we shopped at a lot (we had a small kitchenette in the apartment) is to the left, a smaller Carrefour than its big brother near the Odeon area.
Through an arched entrance, directly off the same Blvd Saint-Germain, heading north, is a tiny cut-through street to the Rue Saint-Andre des Arts.
Filled with tiny boutiques and places to eat, this little street, Rue Gregoire de Tours, has historical plaques and lots of visual variety that I will be showing in the coming weeks and months.
An earlier post, in my Paris PhotoPoems series, has an image of the entrance from Bd St-Germain.
By evening, we were getting tired but had to see a what might be waiting for us on the evenings ahead.
We don’t stay up late much anymore, but being November, and Paris being relatively north (we’re from Texas ) daylight finished before five pm!
This is a small street in the Severin area between Bd St-Michel and Rue St-Jacques.
Not far north from here, is the River Seine and Notre Dame.
The characters in my Paris fiction series go here a lot
Finally, before heading back to our apartment, we had to have a peek up close at Notre Dame.
This is the beginning of the holiday lighting (early November) which spreads through the city, and which I’ll post many pictures of as the days extend into late November and early December.
This finishes my first of what I hope will be many many posts in this series.
Because of our length of stay in Paris, the density of images of interest in the City of Light, and I will be working full time for a while, ie, much to post with less available time, this particular series could well run several months or more.
Either way, I anticipate this to be fun. Remind me of our fab trip to Paris, and of the fictional work I had so much fun putting my characters into.
namaste´- con dios – god be with you
*** INTEGRATING YOGA FITNESS AND THE ARTS
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