On Monday, my Metro photo was featured on my friend Peter's, Paris blog as part of his Mid Month Subway Theme Day participation. I decided to return the favor and invited Peter to post some of his photos here. He took these on a night shoot we shared during my trip in November. His images far surpassed mine so I am most appreciative that he is willing to share them with you.
I have asked him to explain the purpose of the slideshow projected on the National Assembly as well as la tour's blue mood!
"During the six months' French presidency of the European Union, (soon finished) not only the Eiffel Tower has been blue, but the National Assembly building has been illuminated with a slideshow recapitulating the European history."
These are only two of many slides that were projected on the building and columns of the National Assembly. Due to the lighting and movement of the slides it was very difficult to capture. Thank you Peter. I hope we can find another opportunity to share our photos with each other!
The children love Mercredi in Paris. There is no school! Bless their hearts, they go to school till around 5:00 the rest of the week (and the older ones on Saturday mornings as well). They need a break! I ventured to the Palais Royal on a Wednesday afternoon. What I found was a photographer's feast! Small children ran around the fountains while this group of boys had a grand time playing a rowdy game of soccer and zipping in and out on their scooters, seemingly oblivious to the wonderful art and architecture around them.
I am a former elementary school teacher, a full-time photographer, part-time painter, lover of all things French ( whose français is slowly improving), obsessive Paris traveler, enthusiastic art museum volunteer, grateful community volunteer, and grandmother to 5 delightful grandchildren.
I fell in love with Paris in March 2007. It was as the French say, le coup de foudre : love at first sight. As a result of that trip, my photography took another direction. Since that time I have pursued a career of sorts in photography and dreamed of returning to the City of Light. November 2008 found me strolling the streets of Paris once again. My first visit I was so overwhelmed with the incredible beauty of the city, I photographed it as a "tourist". My 2008 trip I looked at Paris with a different eye. I wanted to capture the unique, the small details, and oh yes - the people! This blog was started as a photo diary of that trip. I was thrilled to return to Paris and the French countryside in June and July of 2009, and blogged daily while there. I've returned to the city I love in January and June- 2010 , January 2011 and January 2012! Each time I visit, it feels more and more like home, and I discover new and interesting things with each trip. I cherish the time with my Paris friends as well as the friends that always join me there. Paris may well be a moveable feast, but I think it's best savored in person! Someone told me that once you have been to Paris, you will leave a piece of your heart. I left mine right there, but I brought home some wonderful memories. It is my pleasure to share them with you.