Tuesday, March 2, 2010

le Brouillard - Montmartre


At the time, the cold, damp, foggy day didn't thrill us as we strained to see the city of Paris laid out before us from the Sacre Coeur's spectacular vantage point. Then again, it made for some nice photographs that day.

20 comments:

James said...

I love this shot! It's perfect in black and white.

Little Emma said...

Perfect atmosphere, perfect photo.
I wish I was there...Paris is great also in a foggy day!

hugs from Italy
Zaira

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» has climbed those stairs to get to Montmartre.

What a fine monochrome image, Virginia!

Maya said...

Nice in B&W! I like the scarf too. I've learned to be better about wearing them while over here. They are an easy way to add a splash of color, non?

Virginia said...

Maya,
Oui! I'm laughing remembering Janet trying to get me to stay in Paris and come to Geneva to see you two so I could show you how to tie scarves!HA Hilarious. I wish I'd done that now!

Daryl said...

Wonderful monochrome .. it would also have been a fabulous choice for passageways .. just sayin'

Harriet said...

Le brouillard certainly gives this photo character. You are the master of the 'vertical' shot.

Starman said...

The first time we were in Paris, we walked all over Montmartre. We even walked all the way around and came up to Sacré-Coeur from the back. Now, I can barely walk a few blocks ob rue de Rivoli.

Virginia said...

Starman,
Thankfully we were able to take the elevator from Abbesses metro stop and the funicular up to the Sacre Coeur. We wimped out this time. I'm still riding on my reputation from the climb last summer to the dome with Maya, Janet and Peter! Whew

Maya said...

Oh, never fear! We will get you to climb up there again someday...

Jeanne said...

Virginia,
Wonderful black and white image. It tells a story...
Jeanne:)

Vagabonde said...

Growing up in Montmartre I went up and downs those stairs more times than I can count. Isn’t it funny that at that time I did not realize that Paris was so special – it was just my hometown – the place you want to get away from. I thought all towns were like that, but then I traveled and realized that this was not so. For example Atlanta is nice, but I have not seen as many blogs showing photos of Atlanta as of Paris. The other thing about Paris is that it does not change that much – the picture your took could have been taken when I was a child. Here though, if you took a picture of Atlanta even 10 years ago, many buildings have been torn down, even if they were historical. If the land was going to bring more dollars, then the building was razed. I guess this is why we say there is diversity – there is diversity in thought about what is important. Money always wins here. C'est dommage.

Virginia said...

Vagabonde,
Sadly you are absolutely right. And one of the many many things about Paris is it is the same and the old is revered and for the most part maintained. Well except that door in the Marais! HA

♥ Eiffel Tower Suzy ♥ said...

Another photo that takes my breath away. Love it!!

Alexa said...

Suzy said it—this photo is breathtaking. Love what Vagabonde said about the timelessness of this view—but that's because the execrable Tour Montparnasse is not visible here!

Eleanor said...

I love this photo. I was inspired to revisit my recent Paris pics and found a similar one. Imagine my surprse when today's mail brought the March-April copy of Bien-Dire magazine with the same photo on the cover!

Ank said...

Foggy can be perfect to take pictures in Paris! Great photo!

Petrea said...

Those stairs! I took photo after photo of them and couldn't get them right. You did it, V.

Rob said...

Love the point of view, here. I am curious, were you staying in Montmarte?

-K- said...

Wonderful panorama, and making it b+w really sets it off. This is the side of Paris that I would like to see as much as the more well-known areas.