Monday, July 4, 2011

La liberté éclairant le monde


Today as we in America celebrate Independence Day, I thought it would be fitting to share this photo of Lady Liberty ( la liberté éclairant le monde) as she stands in Luxembourg Gardens.  The first bronze model of the Statue of Liberty, given by the sculptor Bartholdi.  Another larger model stands on the Île aux Cygnes, near the Pont de Grenelle facing southwest towards New York Harbor.

As a little connection with the US and Paris today, may I recommend a new blog I found...
An American Mom in Paris.  This is one very funny lady!  Give her a visit.

21 comments:

Thirtytwo degrees said...

Merci beaucoup! Happy 4th of July to you too!

martinealison said...

Vive la liberté... Que celle-ci vibre dans le coeur de chacun...
Bisous

This is Belgium said...

Great post, wonderful picture, happy 4th to you too; glad to have discovered the American Mom in Paris blog !!

Harriet said...

Did you do anything special to achieve a subdued color of the tree leaves? The background coloring really looks great with Lady Liberty taking the spotlight! Happy Fourth to all!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

The first time I saw this one I was surprised as I just walked up on her. I knew of the one on the Seine but this one was a treat...

I love MJ's blog and have kept up with her candid life in Paris with a husband and two "fun" little children. She is a great story-teller

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Happy 4th of July Virginia, I remember seeing her when Aimee and I were in Paris last year, so unexpected!!

Daryl said...

Another spot to visit when I get to Paris ... hopefully before I am too old to hold a camera!

Leif Hagen said...

Whe's a beautiful lady indeed! I didn't know about her in the Luxembourg Gardens.....we'll have to look for her during our next visit to Paris!
Happy 4th of July, V!

Owen said...

Hi Virginia, Seems like ages since I dropped in here, have been too crazy busy between work and other unavoidable life issues, but am now on vacation, and taking a little stroll around the blogs, before heading down south for a while... Lady Liberty, a fine ideal. Funny, I came across a large statue of liberty copy out in Brittany recently, in the center of the town of Carhaix... will have to put a picture of it up one day soon...

Hope you're having a lovely Summer, and I can imagine you are already planning the next trip to Paris...

Molly said...

Such a lovely and fitting photo for today! I knew about lady liberty on Ile aux Cynes and have planned to visit her when I go to Paris in a few weeks, but I thrilled to know about this one in the Luxumbourg Gardens.

Starman said...

Cool, you got a photo of it. I keep meaning to, but it never seems to happen.

Nadege said...

Joyeux "quatre Juillet" Virginia!

ANNIE said...

a happy 4th to you as well!

Virginia said...

Oh I'm so pleased that now some of you have a new site to discover at Luxembourg Gardens. My granddaughter Eva was doing the Letter Box Project and there was a letter box hidden near this statue. I got on hands and knees digging around in the boxwoods surrounding her in search. Eva whispered, "Mumsie, people are staring at you!". Davis declared, "Mumsie, the sign says to stay off the grass!" :)

Ginnie said...

Happy 4th from Atlanta, Virginia. What a delight to see this Lady from Paris. Let Freedom Ring!

MadAboutParis said...

And Owen, don't forget that today is the day that there is a ceremony at Lafayette's grave in Picpus Cemetery!

Jack said...

It is a very appropriate remembrance today, Virginia. I was away for the weekend with hinky internet service. Don't think my comment yesterday got through. I was trying to tell you I clicked on the preview pages of your new book and it looks great.

Alexa said...

Hey, V, we posted two versions of the same thing for the Fourth! I've always loved this one in the garden almost as much as I love "mine."

James said...

What a nice find! I would love to have taken a picture of her in Luxembourg Gardens. Sadly I've only walked passed and never ventured in.

TheChieftess said...

Lady Liberte looks wonderful here!!!

Peter said...

... and I believe that this one was made some 20 years before the "real one", some kind of a model!