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.
Puleeze!
BONJOUR Ville Lumiere!!

20 comments:

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

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  2. Rosie9:35 AM

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

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  3. Janinne9:38 AM

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

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

    xo

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

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  6. Misha in Paris12:27 PM

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


    A+C+++++

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  7. Dianne B1:30 PM

    L'heure bleu in Paris is the absolutement best!

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

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  9. 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

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

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  11. Misha in Paris8:03 PM

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

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  12. 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.

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  13. Berry4:37 AM

    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 :)

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  14. Janinne4:39 AM

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

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  15. 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

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  16. Your Paris Breakfast makes every morning beautiful.

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

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

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  19. Oh I love a Paris Street Lamp

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

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