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).
And yes, the characters are all from Texas, just like me.
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.
“the intent of this blog is to incrementally build a body of thought that works toward integrating various topics, yoga, fitness, and the arts – it’s a process…”
Paris in 5 1/2 Weeks : Photos – # 9
To the Tuileries
(Day 9, 2 of 2)
This Series – Paris Photos
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We started Day 9 with the question, where’s Day 8?
In the previous post, I wrote :
I can’t say for sure, I do have a few days missing in the sequence of images saved, but I do know we were still there, and “probably” didn’t go out, expect for maybe a bite or groceries, that day.
And, we were either very tired, or the weather got really yuk.
But here we are, the beginning of Day 9.
After an already long day of walking, we begin the finishing of the daylight day near the Place de Concorde.
Sunset is before 5 p.m.!
And now we begin to see the front area around this smaller museum, filled with Monet’s huge panels of waterlilies, plus a nice array of selected impressionist work.
To the left is the Tuileries Palace road, one way heading east. The Place de Concorde is to the right.
Visible above the tree line, like a needle, is the Eiffel Tower.
More of both the Eiffel Tower and the Place de Concorde is visible with a slight shift to the right.
Sheila and I would be returning to this spot many times in the next month, and I’ll have more photos then, especially of the giant carrousel to the right of this image, and fronting the Champ Elysees, with the Arc de Triomphe at the other end of the grand boulevard.
Clicking on these images should open a larger image.
The Pont de la Concorde‘s northern side is seen here.
Traffic is heavy, and the evening is arriving.
There was a palpable sense of peace.
Even with all the traffic, there was a sense of quiet. For a moment anyways.
Don’t forget, the photos “should” be visible enlarged when clicked. (Those streaks in the sky are jets!)
The view from the Pont de la Concorde is stunning. Though the Eiffel Tower isn’t lit for the night yet, it presents a great silhouette against the sunset sky.
Clicking on the image gives a nice look at some of the objects in the distance, like the light on the four golden statues on the ends of the Pont Alexandre III straight ahead on the Seine.
This is actually an image I took just after the last picture in Day 9′s 1 of 2 post, came upon it after setting up these posts, so was able to insert it here.
It does give a nice contrast to how quickly the day darkened into evening a very short time later.
The tree line to the right is where the two dogs were playing in that last photo from post 1 of Day 9, and the road here is the Qaui des Tuileries. This link is to a short video on YouTube (not mine.) But shows a little more, at a different time of year.
Sheila and I had walked almost the whole route from our apartment to these views of the Eiffel Tower and Paris sunset. As mentioned in Part One, we had had to get off our bus due to a manifestation (protest.)
Below is pretty near to where we our apartment was as we walked back.
It was a welcome sight, knowing we were close to being home.
One of my favorite images, the lights glowing in the evening.
Originally, the image was much darker, but working the shadow settings in Photoshop, I was able to bring it closer to what it looked like to us as we walked by back home.
The figure to the left was visible in the photo til I’d made the adjustments!
The Wikipedia article on this metro stop, Solferino, includes a very similar image as mine, but in the spring, in the day.
The article has a short history of the station, and concludes :
“Solférino is one of the last stations in which the original Nord-Sud Company style of décor has been maintained, with its characteristic large ceramic tablets indicating the name of the station. This is the result of extensive renovation.”
Maintaining a living usable remembrance of one’s history in a place, is one of the things I love about Paris.
It is an important element I try to show, and have discovered, in my fictional work set in Paris.
English Language Places We Liked in Paris
And a special gracias to all the French, German, Italian, Swedish, Venezuelan, and Russian folk we met in Paris who knew English and helped us.
Much more, and many more images, of Paris, from our 5 1/2 week stay this past November / December, are on their way.
I hope you have enjoyed these and will return for more Paris posts.
namaste´- con dios – god be with you
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