Saturday, January 23, 2010

Colonnes de Buren - Open For Business


Many of you will remember when I was in Paris last week, I posted photos of the Buren columns in the snow.....without the bright red security wall around them. For as long as I've traveled to Paris, they have been "under wraps" during their controversial refurbishing. I've posted several shots that I captured by pushing my lens up against the plastic window. Not very satisfying. Well imagine my delight when the wall came down overnight, just in time for the snowfall on Saturday! To prevent accidents I suppose, the area was still cordoned off with yellow police tape.....until our very last night. ( I think the Parisian photography gods really do like me!) We cut through the Palais Royal on our way home and VOILÀ!!! It was almost dark, but there were a few kiddos already having some fun. This one's *not quite sharp, but I really love the silhouette!

My friend Peter has a nice post about the columns today as well. I slipped him the hot tip that they were open for business just before I left. Jump over to his blog and read about the history. I just love when he does all the work and I just sit back and link! :)

* I seem to be apologizing for "not quite sharp" photos a lot lately. I promise this is the last marginal photo I'll post. Merci for your patience and understanding!

Here's a great 360 view provided by my dear reader Maxime!

MERCI to my dear PJ , Pensacola Daily Photo, for featuring my Paris calendar on her blog here. I need all the free advertising I can get! All proceeds from the calendar (over there on the sidebar) will go to support my Paris addiction. I promise!!

14 comments:

Kcalpesh said...

That's a nice shot!

- Pixellicious Photos

VP said...

Nice to see they're free again...

Petrea said...

I like the silhouette. And in scrolling through the other shots, I see I need more red in my wardrobe. It pops!

Louis la Vache said...

They should have kept these hideous eyesores under wraps...grrrrrrrrrrrr...........

Harriet said...

No matter what your opinion on the columns, your banner photo is wonderful.

Starman said...

My main gripe with Paris (all of France, actually) is that it takes forever to get anything done.

Virginia said...

Louis,
Shame on you! I love them. They cost too much but I'm all about some black and white anything. I only wish I'd had one more day, just ONE more day so i could have photographed the chidren playing on them!

Starman,
Ahem....ever tried to get someone to your home to fix something here in the good US of A? You'll die waiting. Now trying to do it in another language must be harder. On second thought, you have to speak another language here too!

Harriet said...

Just enjoyed hearing those wonderful French singers (sidebar). How in the world did you come across that video?

Louis la Vache said...

The only thing in Paris «Louis» hates more than those hideous columns is le centre Pompidou, that Lego structure on bad drugs...
;-)

Mary said...

Quit beating yourself up - your photos are SPECTACULAR - not the least bit marginal.

puddinglane said...

Beautiful shots Virginia !!What camera do you use? - I wake up each morning and can't wait to see what liitle jewel in Paris you have selected to make my day. Merci Beacoup
Dianne

Virginia said...

Puddinglane,
How nice of you! I use a Canon Rebel XTI, with an 18-200mm lens. Thank you for visiting often and your nice comments. That's what makes this so much fun, sharing my photos and love of Paris with you all.
V

maxime said...

Hi ,
Your lens is AMAZING keep up the good work
this is a small vision of mine

Columns

Regards

Ank said...

Hey! I've had the bad surprise to find it cosed, uff, bad timing I guess...I was really looking forward to take some photos here!