Thursday, 22 March 2018
This is my 1 200th blogpost after almost 4 years of blogging.
There have been more than 40 500 visits and hundreds of comments.
Thank you for your interest and support.
Each posting has been for me, an opportunity to revisit the time, space and circumstances of where the photograph was taken - AN OPPORTUNITY TO REMINISCE
Wednesday, 21 March 2018
Neither the freezing cold or the odd shower of icy rain seemed to deter the artists (and their customers) in the Place du Tertre. The umbrellas were raised every time a shower came through - keeping the paintings out of the rain was their only priority.
Place du Tertre
Tuesday, 20 March 2018
I continue with the Street Photography theme ...
This hapless Jack Russel (Is it a Jacques Roussel in France?) and his owner were photographed on the Ile St Louis.
He seemed to be pleading for assistance. His owner was examining the art on display while he was captivated by the ice cream shop next door!
"Please somebody, tell her the shop next door is far more interesting!"
Ile St Louis
Monday, 19 March 2018
Robert Doisneau was a French photographer famous for his photographs taken in the streets of Paris. This week I will be posting photographs celebrating that genre ...
This photo taken on a Sunday morning in the 11e arrondissement shows a long queue of customers outside a boulangerie waiting to buy their breakfast croissants, pain au chocolat et baguettes. I could smell the fresh bread from across the road ... can you?
Saturday, 17 March 2018
Friday, 16 March 2018
This magnificent sundial carved on the limestone wall of the Musee de Cluny carries the inscription, NIL SINE NOBIS. The literal translation is "Nothing without Us" which is open to many interpretations - the commonest being that it refers to the rays of the Sun and reminds the observer that the "clock" will only give an estimation of the time if the Sun is shining. It could also refer to the role of people in their aspirations and accomplishments ... nothing will be achieved unless people get involved.
I am sure people have been formulating interpretations over the years from 1647 and will continue to do so ... but quite simply, the sundial is about time!
Musee de Cluny
Thursday, 15 March 2018
Construction of the magnificent Cathedrale St-Andre in Bordeaux began in the 11th Century. The grotesque carved stone gargoyles (les gargouilles) were designed to ensure that rainwater was directed away from the walls of the church and could weigh as much as 500 kg!
Why should they have been grotesque? Possibly a warning to people below ...
This church was also the venue for the marriage of the 15-year old Eleanor of Aquitaine to the 17-year old Louis VII in 1137 ... so again, possibly the gargoyles were expressing their surprise that people so young, were getting married!