Sunday, September 29, 2013

Onto the 4th and 5th (Arrondissements)

I told you I took a lot of photographs from my trip to Paris. If you've been following my previous posts, you know I wasn't lying. So much to share (and so little time to get around to posting them all); I hope you're enjoying the photographic journey as much as I am. The adventure continues today with a stroll. We're leaving the grandeur of Notre Dame behind, and walking deeper into the areas known as the 4th and 5th Arrondissements (two of the twenty municipal districts of the city). The 4th is roughly the center of the city, and features two small islands (Île Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité) situated in the middle of La Rive Seine (the Seine River). The 5th is often referred to as the Latin Quarter, due to the prevalence of Latin language spoken around the many universities, colleges, and high schools in this area. It dates back to Ancient times, and is one of the oldest parts of the city.

The Metro station in the center of Paris, Île de la Cité 

Self portrait, standing outside 5 Rue Poulletier, Île Saint-Louis

Decorative housing of a drinking fountain, with the looming Notre Dame de Paris in the background

Facing the left bank (La Rive Gauche) of the Seine, the second of two Shakespeare and Company bookstores opened in 1951 and was named as a tribute to the original store, which was a gathering place for many famous writers, including Hemingway

Much of the Medieval architecture seen in the buildings and streets of the 5th Arrondissement still remains. Streets are narrow, buildings are tall and lean in different directions, and it is quite easily to feel transported to an centuries-old era

Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre, one of the oldest churches in Paris

North face of Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre, and a locust tree, supported by concrete crutches. This tree was planted in 1602, and is the oldest tree in Paris.

Bouquinistes, second hand booksellers, line both sides of the River Seine, just as they have done for over 500 years

Parisian squeezebox on the pont Saint-Louis

Newlyweds follow their photographer down to the banks of the River Seine on a very chilly January afternoon

Pont Marie, one of 38 bridges that cross La Rive Seine. Camera position was on Île Saint-Louis,
looking across to the right bank

Pont de Sully, constructed in 1876; 100 years before my birth. Camera position again faces across the water to the right bank

I ate plenty of French-made cheese during my travels...and it really was as good as you've heard

Splendid little details are everywhere you look

As much as I enjoyed capturing these photographs, there's nothing that compares to visiting a new place in person and on foot. If these images speak to you, I certainly hope you'll take the next step and make plans to go there yourself! Now, don't forget to use the social media buttons right below this post to SHARE with your friends : ) See you next time!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

T Time

I'll admit it. I'm a Mad T Party fanboy.

In general when a really great band comes to town, I've got to get out to see them. I love love love the concert-going experience. I love the energy of crowds that are joined together to cheer on the performance. I crave the musicianship. I devour the pageantry. I...Am...Music!

Having easy access to Disney California Adventure, I've been seeing plenty of performances lately by the Mad T Party band. This Alice in Wonderland themed entertainment offering was added to the Hollywood Backlot as a replacement to ElecTRONica, which offered Guests an opportunity to see what life would be like within the game grid of TRON. Prior to that, Disney California Adventure first got into the nightlife business with the 2010 debut of Glow Fest. But Glow Fest was just the tip of the iceberg. It was all leading to this. It was heading for T Time!

Recently I decided to bring my camera with me for a performance, and am happy to share some of my favorite images. The band itself is comprised of many talented musicians and singers, many of whom perform all throughout Disneyland and also pop up with other acts all over the south land. I'm fanboying out, it's true, but I'm really enjoying getting to see these amazing performers do what they do best, and getting to know their individual spirits along the way!

The White Rabbit, on the ones and twos

Who knew bass playing rabbits wore furry Dr. Martin's!?

The Cheshire Cat looking directly into my soul, as cats will do

I caught Alice looking in my direction a moment before she took to the stage

Alice, and her bright-smiling reflection

I really enjoyed this happy accident - an Alice and Hatter visual mash up

Dormouse gets in on the reflection fun

This Girl is On Fire!

Alice gets down with the Caterpillar

Alice Shreds!!!

Next time you're visiting Disney California Adventure, stick around and see for yourself what it's like in Wonderland. Now, don't forget...use the buttons below this post and SHARE these images with your friends!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Notre Dame's Grand Exterior

From the interior of Notre Dame de Paris, I continued my tour around the outside perimeter to observe the detailed stonework up close, and I grabbed a whole bunch of photographs along the way! As I mentioned in my last post, I just could not get over how much time went into building this cathedral! But, the detail really shows.

Rain spouts? Or gargoyles? How about both.

The Spire, as seen from the south foot of Notre Dame, is situated at the transept crossing. A few of the copper statues representing the Twelve Apostles can be seen at the spire's base. The man at the top is a self-depiction of the spire's architect, Viollet-le-Duc (substituting himself for Saint Thomas), admiring his 305 foot high piece of work.

The view from the base of Notre Dame, looking south, across the Seine to La Rive Gauche (the Left Bank).

Here's a good view of the flying buttresses - the architectural support system that was employed to push against the weight of the enormous walls.

Another view of the flying buttresses - shown here supporting the area of the chorus.

'Love Locks,' can be seen along the bridge at Pont des Arts.

Another Love Lock view, with the magnificent Notre Dame de Paris looming in the background.

Point Zero - steps from the entrance to Notre Dame - marks the center of Paris, and the origin point from which all distances in the city are measured.

Notre Dame's most famous grotesque, 'Le Stryge' can be seen from this view, perched on his elbows and looking toward the camera position.

Rich architectural detail, and religious storytelling, both find home here.

Close-up of the left portal, featuring Saint Denis holding his own head.

One of my favorites from the trip, and certainly my favorite view of Notre Dame de Paris in the winter.

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