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 – # 2
Around Notre Dame
(Day 3, Part 1 of 2)
This Series – Paris Photos
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Day three had us returning to the Notre Dame area.
Not only was it the most well known to us, from a previous one week trip to Paris over ten years ago, but it was walking distance, and, we were discovering a central location to many things we found worth exploring and discovering
From where we were staying, near the intersection of Blvd Saint-Michel and Blvd Saint-Germain, this bridge point, where Blvd Saint-Michel met the river Seine, was not only a short walking distance, but almost visible when the traffic wasn’t too dense.
The bridge itself is called Pont St-Michel, and offers a great visual vantage point in all directions.
Over the next five weeks, we would pass by or near here to many of our destinations.
Over the next few months, or more, I’ll have more and more pictures of here:
Shops, Christmas lights, Notre Dame, the Seine, Fountain Saint-Michel, Place Saint-Michel, night scenes, protests, and more.
One of the nicer things about Paris in the late fall, early winter, is space to be in.
It was not unusual to see one of the tourist cruise ships pass by with ample places to stand or sit.
We found the same to be true of the bus tours, and did take an evening tour late in our stay. There’ll be some interesting pictures from that evening much later on in this series.
The weather itself in Paris at this time of year is a major consideration in terms of dress and outdoor comfort, and attention to that is carefully paid and presented in my Paris fiction work.
Turning around from where we stood looking at the buildings along the Seine, in the first photo above, is Notre Dame.
It’s best of course, to also cross the relatively narrow street.
The scaffolding, seen in the lower left hand corner, in front of the cathedral, was for the 850th anniversary of the church’s cornerstone being laid.
En-route to one of the nicer restaurant discoveries we made in Paris, ironically found via a LivingSocial offer for Paris we saw while still in Vermont, Comme Chai Toi , was this wonderful side view of Notre Dame.
I’ll have more of these in my next posting in this Paris photo series.
Like Vermont, mums are a favored floral for this climate. In Texas, mums were much more rare.
Sheila, as you can see, is bundled up. Early to past mid-November, turned out to be the mild days of our stay, with temps in the 40s to low 50s.
This is a small park, Square Viviani, located between the Pont St-Michel, and the spot we found the restaurant, Comme Chai Toi.
It appears Notre Dame is the equivalent of being across the street from the little park, but the river Seine separates the two.
To Sheila’s right, the historic bookstore Shakespeare & Company is located. The place where these photos started, at the corner of the Pont St-Michel, is just a short walk further past the bookstore.
And in the direction she is facing, is not only the church of St Severin, but the tiny streets of an original section of medieval Paris streets still available for us to walk upon.
In the weeks and months ahead, I will have additional images of the bookstore, church, and tiny streets, places I have featured in some of my Paris photopoem series.
Paris is dense with history, visuals, and places one can literally turn around and see or walk to from one spot.
Like a good dance, nearly every turn in Paris has an interest.
namaste´- con dios – god be with you
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- Header # 13 – Paris, Notre Dame Quai (Photography, PhotoPoem) (felipeadanlerma.com)
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- Paris : PhotoPoem # 2 : “At the Quai of Notre Dame” (felipeadanlerma.com)