Thursday, February 18, 2010

Ville Lumière

Have you ever gone to Paris... And not taken dozens of pictures... Of the fabulous street lamps? Fortunately they haven't changed much...
Since the days when first installed in 1820, though there's no longer a streetlighter to put in the gas...
I took a closer look...
When I was painting Ben and his cat at Cartier...
The basic design seems to...
Originate...
From your everyday candlelabra. Brilliant!
I hope Paris never switches to these new-fangled horrors - more historic info at Peter's Paris.
BONJOUR Ville Lumiere!

20 comments:

A Brush with Color said...

Oh, I do love them--it's the same in Italy, too--I love the Venetian lamps--they are so beautiful! Nice, Carol!

Rosie said...

I have soooooo many shots of these street lamps yet I've never given them much thought...
merci encore

Janinne said...

The old lamps are so romantic.
I hope they never switch them either. It would be too sad.

Giulia said...

Yes, Venezia & Paris. I think of them as 'true blue' - as in protective, guardian.

xo

Mlle Paradis said...

I love the moment in the evening when they just come on and they change color about three times. It's magic!

Misha in Paris said...

I'm afraid we 'll have more new street lights except the historic places !


A+C+++++

Dianne B said...

L'heure bleu in Paris is the absolutement best!

Nikon said...

Beautiful shots, Carol - a simple subject but you turned it into a great photo essay.

Celestial Charms said...

Whenever I think of Paris, I always do think of the street lamps. They are so prominent and pretty there. Thanks for reminding us of that.
Maureen

Parisbreakfasts said...

Misha-
The new streetlamps c'est horrifique!!!
non non non
terriblement :((((

Misha in Paris said...

The good thing is Paris has no money for a long time,
Crisis !
Maybe we have to just fix the old lamps...

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

I do love them! Have you read the childrens book, "This is Paris"? It has a darling example of all the different styles of street lamps in Paris. Very cute book.

Berry said...

I'm new around here, seems like a cool place thoug... I'm new around here, seems like a cool place though. I'll be around a bit, more of a lurker than a poster though :)

Janinne said...

Carol, I love the sketch of the guy in front of Cartier's
And his cat in the window!!

Parisbreakfasts said...

I think I've given "This is Paris" as a gift
but did I read it?
Oooops must go back for a look
THANKS Farmgirl

Keri said...

Your Paris Breakfast makes every morning beautiful.

Unlikely You said...

You always spot the most simple everyday items that people tend to overlook and make them special :)

* said...

What a lovely photo montage. Never been to Paris but I went to London last fall. It was divine.

Di Overton said...

Oh I love a Paris Street Lamp

Nasilgiysem said...

Oh today I looked through my Paris vacations pictures and now I ran into your blog... I think Paris is calling me :D