“Features belonging to the culture of a particular society, such as traditions, languages, or buildings, that were created in the past and still have historical importance”
Traditions and languages are rather hard to picture, but buildings are easier and I indulge a lot in that activity I must admit. We’re a bit spoilt for choice in Paris, what with a great number of listed buildings from the 17th century onwards. Most mediaeval buildings were destroyed in the 19th century when Paris was overhauled by Haussmann, but a lot of the 17th and 18th century ones are still there. As above in the district of Notre Dame.
The City survived WWI (despite some bombings which reached the Capital and traces of which can still be seen here and there and namely at the back of La Madeleine). And it survived WWII too but that was a close shave. Von Choltitz was meant to press the red button and Hitler was raving mad: “Brennt Paris?” he barked. Is Paris burning? No it wasn’t, thanks to Franco-Swedish diplomat Raoul Nordling (Orson Welles in the film), the Man who saved Paris. “Tack Mr. Nordling!”
Continue reading “Musings About Heritage, Wars and Buildings”
Today’s (or yesterday’s rather) theme is danger. It’s true, “Death is everywhere, there are flies on the windscreen“. There are Tsunami evacuation routes in the PNW too. Continue reading “Danger! Death Is Everywhere”
Today’s Challenge is “Earth”. If there’s one thing I love on Earth it’s trees. I could live without many things but trees.
As above in Chaalis, a romantic path where Rousseau Nerval and many other writers, poets and thinkers used to walk. Continue reading “Earth and Trees”
Last night’s photo challenge was about surprise or macro photography or both, I’m not sure. I chose macro photos with incredibly shallow depth of field. As Spring is back we’ll soon be able to take more. Each of these photos show incredible amounts of detail and often, the odd insect, extremely tiny even though they look huge on the photo because of the macro lens. Continue reading “Surprise Surprise”
Tonight’s a sad night in Stockholm, and as Krista’s theme for the Friday challenge is ‘security‘, it was hard for me not to change the subject to another meaning of that word. So I know I’m off topic here, but I can’t help it. Continue reading “Security”
The Paris Chinese Year pageant takes place every year. This year, the Chinese New Year was on February 5. Instead of focusing on the pageant itself I zoomed in on the dense crowd this time and I found that the best part of the show was there, behind the barrier tape. One of the onlookers didn’t like me that much and she cast me a very stern look.
Among the dense crowds one could also find moments of tenderness. The only difficulty was to zoom in through the throng.
A tiltshift of the crowd taken at arms’ length.
Today’s challenge is “green”. That’s an easy subject in a country where it rains so much, even though today, the sun is shining bright. Above the Auteuil greenhouses. This palm tree doesn’t need much water though.
Gerberoy, West of the Paris region, on the fringe of Normandy, water is plentiful. How could the grass be greener?
Gerberoy again. Ivy everywhere.
There’s nothing like complementary colours like these. Geberoy again.