A year ago I started the Snapshots of Lutetia series. On an almost weekly basis, I posted snapshots of Paris, reporting on my getting acquainted wiht my new home town. To celebrate this year of Snapshots, in this special edition all snahpshots are shown, even some that didn’t make the cut into a posting. Enjoy!
One of the things I like about Paris is that wherever you walk, it seems the city hasn’t changed for about 2 centuries. Sure, the shops, the buses, the cars, they remind you of living in the 21st century, but the buildings all seem to be built ages ago. And then, you turn a corner and run into the Passage des Jacobins, for example, to realize that the city does change, but only with babysteps.
This might not be a novel idea, but Paris and Jazz go together very well. On a recent taxi-drive to Roissy, the taxi driver was playing his self assembled jazz cd, and the tones and voice of chet Baker and Miles Davis were the perfect soundtrack for an early mornign drive through, and then out of the city. The tranquil pace with which the city starts to come to life, the slow rolling of the car (due to speed limitations, not traffic jams this time) and the trumpet of Miles and the almost feminine voice of Chet. Wonderful!
According to wikipedia, the Pont Alexandre III is the most ornate and extravagant bridge in Paris. You only have to walk the bridge between Grand Palais and Les Invalides to know that’s about right. And then to imagine that the architects were ordered to design the bridge so that it didn’t obscure the view ot the Champs-Elysées or Les Invalides. Pictured is one of the ornaments on the Grand Palais side.