Thursday, April 28, 2011

P is, of course, for Paris, France

First, we have photographs of the "real Paris" places, the ones without which you would never believe we had actually been to Paris!
Photo by Kay Davies, March, 2011

Next, we have Notre Dame de Paris, which we saw on a day that started overcast before becoming a beautiful, sunny morning.

Then, of course, there is always the Eiffel Tower, which has already appeared in this blog a couple of times this month.

Photos by Richard Schear

The Louvre Museum has been synonymous with Paris for a long time. The "pyramid" in front of it is a popular but fairly recent addition: the new entrance to the museum, commissioned in 1984. I didn't, but Dick did have the energy to explore the Louvre. He also climbed the steps to the top of the Arc de Triomphe and to the second level of the Eiffel Tower (as far as the public is now allowed to climb).

The Venus de Milo, above, and the Mona Lisa, shown on the right with some of her adoring fans, are Paris's two most popular ladies. Millions have visited them, but research has apparently shown that the average person spends only 15 seconds viewing the Mona Lisa. How can that be?

Posted for
ABC Wednesday,
the alphabetical meme hosted by Mrs. Nesbitt's talented team of photographers and friends.
To see how others have used the letter P this week,
please click HERE!
In addition to the well-known images seen above, I thought I'd include some shots taken "out and about in Paris" — I'm glad Dick remembered to include the name in the photos of the Academie Nationale de Musique (below) also known as the Paris Opera.

Photos by Richard Schear
Wikipedia photo


Roger Owen Green said...

Ah, the REAL thing, not the Las Vegass imitation!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

EG Wow said...

Mmmm. That's one city I would love to spend some time visiting!

Francisca said...

You two certainly did see all the icons of Paris... and then some! How wonderful. [I bet you're much less pleased with the re-election of Harper!]

Kay L. Davies said...

@ Francisca — I'm not just displeased, I'm devastated. Our country is in for some rough, rough times. Maybe I'll move to Paris (I wish).
— K

VioletSky said...

Poor Dick must have gotten quite a kink in his neck from looking up and up!

Jane and Chris said...

I'm with you on Harper..I think we Canadians have gone mad...a majority????
Jane x

Joy said...

Beautiful place. You couldn't get to the top of the Eiffel Tower by the steps in the 1970s either, I remember finding the rivets fascinating at that time. Nowadays I'd ignore that and just take the lift:-)

Sylvia K said...

Thanks once again, Kay, for the great memories, the beauty of Paris! Sorry to learn about your elections! Don't think it's just Canadians -- who knows what the idiots in this country will do come election time! Breathtaking post for the P Day! Take care!

ABC Team

Wanda said...

Since I will never get to Paris in my lifetime...It's nice that you bring Paris to me.

Gigi Ann said...

Great views of Paris. Great choice for P day.

vernz said...

Hi Kay, it's been a while... howdy?

Really only 15 seconds, how can that be... maybe because we have seen aplenty of Monalisas everywhere and seeing the real one might be as fascinating as original... fantastic photos Kay as ever...


chubskulit said...

Perfect place for the letter this week!

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Su-sieee! Mac said...

Definitely better than what they have in Las Vegas! I'd like to visit the real Paris one day. I would make sure I spend more than 15 seconds in front of the Mona Lisa.

Gattina said...

Looks still the same, only the gold seems to have been cleaned ;) !

Tumblewords: said...

Paris is so beautiful - Your photos are superb. I know how you feel about the election as I'm feeling the same way about the US midterm. So many uninformed voters and unscrupled pols. Sad.

Beverley Baird said...

Such spectacular photos of Paris! Someday .....
Have a wonderful week!
Thanks for your supportive words!