Thursday, December 11, 2008

12.11.08

"La Tour - A Different Perspective?"

"The Stroll"



" Golden Altar "
St. Chappelle

" The Smiling Face"
Le Marais



22 comments:

Tash said...

I wanna go to Paris! (but visiting here is the next best thing) - I'm so glad you are posting the landmarks too. I do like the smiling face - a lot! (reminds me of Bibi's recent stencil artist in Belgrade.)

jill said...

I plugged in the phone number on the awning and found on the map where you were when you took "the stroll"! How special. The light through the stained glass at St. Chappelle is incredible. You must have felt tingly just standing there!

Wayne said...

The original plan was to dismantle La Tour once the World's Fair was over. Hard to imagine.

Therese said...

Such nice lights in your pictures Virginia!
And Bravo on your interpretations of "Dame Eiffel."

omami said...

amazing photo of the chapelle, simplement magnifique...

Salutations du Québec

Virginia said...

I feel about La Tour like Bob Crowe does about the Arch. I loved trying to find a detail or an angle that hasn't been shot a gazillion times.

JIll I never would have thought of that. Good for you!

Tash, there are more landmarks to come, I am almost out of "people"! ha

The day we visited St. Chappelle it was very cloudy and it was STILL spectacular. Maybe another trip we will see the sun streaming in. I'll probably cry!

Tash I didn't "see" the smiling face at first. It's one of those things where you either see it right off or you have to work at it I guess.

babooshka said...

Bob's arch is my bridge- just passionate about it. All fabulous again but the top shot, the persective was so well observed and caught.

Snapper said...

So many wonderful images...the stroll, the green door, the waiter...

I'll be back tomorrow!

Karen said...

How wonderful and yes, a view of Le Tour that I've never seen before..

Your older gentleman in the beret does not look pleased that you are pointing a camera at him.

I'm wondering about that.. did you have problems photographing people on the streets? Did you ask permission or just shoot?

Just 4 more days and I'm off.. can't wait and wiggling in anticipation.

Karen said...

Whoops.. sorry. That's LA tour...

Laurie said...

I just went through the last few days here... too much gorgeousness! That black cat! Those monochrome shots! The lights!

Virginia, I've always wanted to go to Paris and these photos really are the next best thing. When are you going BACK!??

I love that Jill sleuthed out your spot on the map. THe internet is magical.

Bergson said...

Your photos go to the main part

Virginia said...

Karen, You are right, he looked ...well wary of moi! No,everyone was wonderful about having their photos taken. I think I was cursed in French by one of those obnoxious souvenir guys at la Tour for taking his picture. They don't like that. Hmmm now we all know how to keep them away. Point the camera in their face. I just looked at him and gave him my best "SO WHAT?" smirk. That probably was not the smartest thing to do but it was fun. I do not know what the translation was for what he said back!

Omami, Your photography blog is amazingly gorgeous. Thank you for visiting and your comments!

Laurie, Actually I am going back for a month the last week of May with my daughter and the 2 grandchildren!!! We will be in Paris for 3 weeks and in Fontaine-Fourches for a week. And NO I am not starting any countdown now. Everyone needs a break from all that.

Oh Bergson and Therese, coming from you I am most flattered. You have seen all of these places so many times. Merci!

B. Yep you have captured that Swing Bridge so beautifully so many many ways.

Knoxville Girl said...

thank you for making my day today five times better:
one, for symmetry
two, for expression
three, for raising my thoughts toward the heavens
four, for hidden treasure
five, for sharing your visions of Paris

Peter said...

Once more, bravo for the different angles and the atmosphere you feel from your photos!

Ken Mac said...

fantastic fantastic bellisimo! Seems like it's hard to take anything but a great shot in that town..at least for Virginia!

Virginia said...

Peter, I can't even come close to all of the wonderful photos you show us of Paris. Mine are just a glimpse.

KM, I will quote our friend Abe Lincoln (not our president). " In Paris you can fall down and get up with a good photograph." ( or something like that!) It's such an incredibly beautiful city that the hard part is deciding when to put the camera down and just enjoy it! I had a really hard time doing that. I felt almost driven to capture every single detail so I could bring home all the wonderful memories.

Ming the Merciless said...

Photos #1 and #3 has some poetic similarity. Absolutely beautiful.

Petrea said...

Oh, oh, oh! La Tour, La Tour! Superbe!

Melissa said...

Hi Mumsie,

Love the guy with the wine bottle, priceless! He looks like he has had a bad day, taking the edge off with some vin and a smoke....

M

Dusty Lens said...

Beautiful photos! I especially enjoy your Saint Chapelle. I found Saint Chapelle quite difficult to shoot. The sun light poors in, it is bright, yet, dark.

Virginia said...

DL, there was very little sun pouring into Paris most days we were there. It's not hard to shoot under those conditions except for the deadly camera blur. OHHHHH.

Melissa, We all need a little vin en France , oui??? I don't blame him! I think our crew was headed in that direction when we passed him.

BTW, I consulted resident expert Peter, and we have decided monsieur with le vin was sitting on the steps of Opera Garnier. He might still be in that same spot!