Monday, August 30, 2010

The Statue of Liberty

Have you been to the Statue of Liberty yet?
I went for the first time ever on Saturday...
as Liz says in EAT PRAY LOVE (EPL) meaning
'Let's cross over'
I'm always bla-bla-blaing about the Eiffel Tower so I thought it was time... Get ready to land PBers! Thar she is! YAHOO

Naturallement we check the map before taking a step further

Ah the view...regarde!

trop Magnifique!

The everpresent gulls
Await a few crumbs from my sandwich.
You'll take your own lunch PBers if yr smart.

Every language under the sun is heard...
I brought along my paintbox bien sur for a few quickie thumbnails

Take my picture svp
Waiting and working - Lady Liberty gets no holidays...
Have you been?
Do tell all svp


  1. Oh, Carol, I remember when I climbed up to the top as a kid--the view is incredible from up there, but never again. I had such vertigo. I'm so glad you went! Love your sweet sketches of folks there. Great post!

  2. merci SUE!
    I did not climb up ANYTHING!
    Just like the Eiffel Tower...
    I need to be dragged up :(

  3. Love that statue and all the photos and paintings. A slice of Americana from our local Parisian. Your paintings have really loosened up.
    The workshop did you right.
    Good stuff.

  4. I visited as a senior in high school. At the time, NYC seemed like a European city although it was just a few hundred miles away from rural Virginia.

    Carol, I am loving your NY paintings as well. I have to agree with Pam, your hand is much looser with these.

  5. Il faut absolument que j'y retourne....

    Bonne semaine


  6. Ohhh you went to the Statue of Liberty, how fun!I went when I was really small, so small that I don't remember anything except that there were lots of people there.

  7. I really enjoyed your post and paintings of the statue! Our family climbed all the way to the top of the crown years ago. That is not allowed any longer.

  8. Merci pour la visite! I was sure you would end with a photo of the Statue of Liberty in Paris at the end of Allee des Cygnes on the Pont de Grennelle, a gift from the American community living in Paris to the City of Paris. Maybe another time! Love your blog!

  9. Carol, would you believe I lived in NYC for over 30 years, and never once set foot near the Statue of Liberty. I'm ashamed! Anyway, I do have a vintage photo of my Mom and her family, taken there. I posted about it a long time ago. See here if interested.

    Have a wonderful week.

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  11. And, the best part it is fits right in, as the statue of liberty was a gift from the French! I do love your photos.

  12. Me, too! And that's a really big deal for me, because I'm a left coaster. Just last Autumn! Our son is attending graduate school in New Jersey, we made the trip for a visit. I kept telling myself, "I'm standing here looking at the Statue of Liberty!" Sometimes we are just waaaay to practical, aren't we? We should have done it much sooner. In case you would like to see . . . my photos are here:

  13. Excellent photos, Carol! Looks like you had a perfect day and you got some brilliant shots.
    I love that first shot of the gull :)
    Your watercolors are full of color and atmosphere - nice job all around!

  14. M. in Paris1:42 PM

    HA !
    Carol joue la touriste dans sa ville, très original !
    j'attends la suite !

  15. yes, I have been before they closed it
    and my dad went years ago when you could go up in her TORCH!
    I walked up all the steps and when pulling on the bannister my ring fell off and dropped into
    the endless pit never to be found.

  16. Carole H.2:12 PM

    Your peintures are charmantes

  17. What a fun trip. No I have never been back east much less to the Statue of Liberty so this was fun to see. I enjoyed your Watercolor sketches AND your sandwich. :))

  18. It's still on my list! However, I did climb then entire Washington Monument when I was 13 and it was still allowed. Our Girl Scout leader and her assistant climbed with us. I now realize they were middle aged when they did it and will be eternally grateful that they made the sacrifice so that we could climb it.
    LOVE your painting of the umbrella-d couple!

  19. "La Liberté éclairant le monde" - even when you "only" cross your hometown's waters, do you manage to connect to France! The wonderful gift of the people of France, Frédéric Bartholdi's Liberty - has there ever been a more significant gift from one people to another?

  20. I have been to NYC twice and am going in a few months, but have yet to see Lady Liberty up close and personal!! Great photos!! :)

  21. Geri, NJ3:42 PM

    Eight years trip with Brownies...eagerly climbed up. Many years later, waited lazily while guests made the trek.

  22. @merisi said...
    The wonderful gift of the people of France,Frédéric Bartholdi's Liberty - has there ever been a more significant gift from one people to another?
    Ahem...yes there has in fact and many, many have crossed the water Merisi.
    THE MACARON bien sur!

  23. Anonymous8:00 PM

    You hit the nail on the head today! "let's cross over!"
    I love it - there are two cities in our family which get talked about a lot - Paris by me and NYC by my hubby. Our favourites.
    A trip to see the lovely lady is truly a treat. I love the way you have captured her in your painting :)

  24. Yes, this New Yorker has been there, climbed that, at the sweet urging of a boyfriend's son. We climbed to the crown, think that the torch was off limits.

    Admit that I have yet to visit Ellis Island or Governor's Island.


  25. Wonderful images and even better illos Carol. What a great day you had. We all need to stop and appreciate HER more often!

  26. i LOVE your thumbnails! my doorman was just telling me to get over there... I've never been.

  27. Great photos, Carol.
    You always bring part of the places you go back to us at the Blog,

  28. Melissa2:31 PM

    I went back when I was in 4th grade WAY before 9/11. We could have climbed to the top but my teachers were lazy so just looked at it from below. Maybe because I'm from the city it just didn't seem like a big deal to me. I much prefer the Staten Island Ferry!

  29. I took my mom there back in the mid 1990's - and we had a lovely time. You know the statue was designed by a French man..."The sculptor who designed the Statue of Liberty, Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, was born into a well-to-do family in Colmar, France on August 2, 1834."

    I was always struck by the way the French used metal - with the Eiffel Tower and then with the Statue of Liberty.

    Gustave Eiffel even helped Bartholdi solve some of the construction issues he faced when designing the Statue of Liberty.


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