Monday, August 15, 2016

Ava Gardner is all over Paris advertising "Le Bikini a 70 ans"

I don't know who took this photograph of Ava Gardner that is plastered all over Paris. But I can't take my eyes off it, or perhaps I should say her eyes off me. It's mesmerizing. At the exhibition that's advertised, the photo is credited to Henry Diltz, photographer and musician, in 1940. Nope. Diltz, best known for album covers in the 1960s and '70s, was only two years old in 1940. With a bit more research in the "Bikini" catalogue, I discovered this was from the Everett Collection of Hollywood photographs. But no photographer is named. If you know, let me know.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Extraordinary Light and Shadow in Paris This Weekend

My Fitbit tells me I walked a little over 15 miles in Paris this weekend. But who could resist? At ever turn the clouds seemed to part and the sun shone like a spotlight on some of my favorite places.

Grands Magasins du Printemps - One of the first department stores in Paris, or the world (Bon Marché on the Left Bank being the trend setter in the first half of the 19th century)

Goddesses of dark and light on the Printemps facade

Trinité church on Saturday afternoon

Rue des Renaudes on Sunday morning

Storm clouds behind the Eiffel Tower on Sunday morning

Selfie on Rue de Bellechasse

Crossing the Seine on the Solferino footbridge, looking at the Louvre with the stormy sky above and the muddy water below.

Strollers along the Seine with Notre Dame de Paris in the background

Coming out of the subterranean passage from the Solferino bridge into the Tuileries Gardens

Storm clouds and blue sky. Looking down the elevated allée a the Denon Wing of the Louvre. I am told this used to be a place for assignations in the more secretive days of gay Paris.

Gorgeous black clouds, but sunlight on the Tuileries Gardens and the Louvre

The trees are only beginning to bud, but the little daisies are up and flowering in the Jardin de Tuileries, looking across from the raised allée toward Rue de Rivoli

Gilded Joan of Arc in Place des Pyramides

Among the maze-like hedges at this end of the Jardin des Tuileries,  man reading a map, a crow protecting his territory, and the Louvre in the background.

Bernini's statue of Louis XIV re-cast in lead at the request of I.M. Pei as an end point to the Grand Axis of Paris

Re-cast statue of the Sun King Louis XIV by Bernini in the Louvre courtyard

The Café Marly in the Richelieu Wing of the Louvre

L'Opéra Garnier

Saint Roch on the Rue Saint-Honoré

In the arcade on Rue Castiglione

At first glance, it looks like this woman is following her shadow, but it's actually someone else doing the same thing.

Looking up La Rue Royale at La Madeleine

Les Invalides

The sun shines on the gold tip of the obelisk in Place de la Concorde. When it stood in Egypt thousands of years ago, it may have had the same brilliance, but the gold was only put on in Paris in about 1989.

Friday, January 01, 2016

#Paris #France the last week of #2015, the first day of #2016

Arc de Triomphe the day after Christmas
Feeding seagulls at the Buttes-Chaumont
The bridge to the "Temple" at the Buttes-Chaumont
Street art on Quai de Jemmapes
Tribute to the dead at Le Petit Cambodge from kids at the College Sainte Marie
Winter light on "La Jeunesse" at Trocadero
Bartholdi's "Liberté" overlooking the Seine from Ile des Cygnes
The dome of Les Invalides seen through the legs of the Eiffel Tower. There is only one out of the way place I have found where you can get this perspective.
New Year's Day, the sun tries to break through the clouds.
Christmas Day dawn at the Arc de Triomphe
Christmas Day dawn on the rue de Courcelles
Cultural Chernobyl
Woman looking at the memorial notices in front of Le Carillon, one of the the cafés hit by terrorists on November 13
Oud player in the Paris Metro
Strollers near Rue de Mouzuaïa in the 19th. A wonderful forgotten corner of Paris
On top of the world, or at least of Paris, in the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. Now very gentrified, it was once the training ground for Al Qaeda terrorists.
On the same plane with Sacré Coeur from the Buttes-Chaumont
Still a little nervous at Café Bonne Bière, the first to reopen after the massacre
Shaken but not sunk. A skateboarder in Place de la République in front of the motto of Paris that has been with us since the 15th century
Songwriting by the lake at the Buttes-Chaumont
Raising a glass on the Quai de Jemmapes at the Hotel du Nord
Repurposing Doisneau's "The Kiss" next to the scene of the massacre at Le Carillon
French flags and halal cuisine on the way to Place de la République
Wedding photos being taken at the Eiffel Tower. 
A few days after Christmas, the crowds came out!
Librairie Farfouille in the Passage Verdeau
Looking up rue Laffitte at Sacré Coeur
Doing the books in the tent out front of Les Caves Augé on Boulevard Haussmann
Approaching "Liberty" from the back on the Île aux Cygnes (also Île des Cygnes) in the Seine.
I love this photograph. There's so much going on in it as the couple hold still for what I presume is a wedding photograph. Do they know the Eiffel Tower is right behind them?
Bateau mouche with diners passing under the Pont de Grenelle
Books for sale in the Passage Verdeau

Imperial storm troopers in a Christmas window at Galeries Lafayette.

3000 years of standing around. Rue de Sevres.
Souvenir sellers, all from Africa, at Trocadéro on New Year's Day