The Magic of the Cities.

Zen promotes the rediscovery of the obvious, which is so often lost in its familiarity and simplicity. It sees the miraculous in the common and magic in our everyday surroundings. When we are not rushed, and our minds are unclouded by conceptualizations, a veil will sometimes drop, introducing the viewer to a world unseen since childhood. ~ John Greer

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Seine I

Faraway, So Close!
In the background,  the Pont des Arts or Passerelle des Arts is a pedestrian bridge wich crosses the Seine River.
It links the Institut de France and the central square (cour carrée) of the Palais du Louvre.
“Under a blazing mid-afternoon summer sky, we see the Seine flooded with sunshine . . .
 people are strolling, others are sitting or stretched out lazily on the bluish grass.”   
Georges Seurat.

The waters of the River Seine have always been the heart and soul of Paris, dating back to the days when the Parisii tribe first established a fishing village on the island now known as Île de la Cité — between 250 and 200 B.C. Prized for its position as a major inland port, Paris has been invaded, occupied, and conquered by its share of foreigners over the course of two millennia, many of whom arrived by this waterway. The last major invasion by water occurred between 885 and 886 A.D., when 30,000 Norman pirates in 700 ships sailed up the Seine, only to find it valiantly defended by Comte Eudes.
Ever since the days of the Roman Empire, when Paris prospered through extensive river trading and expanded to the Left Bank, the Seine has been a great commercial artery, linked by canals to the Loire, Rhine, and Rhône rivers. Officially established as the capital city by Clovis, king of the Franks (who defeated the Roman governor of Gaul and established the Merovingian dynasty), Paris evolved into a cultural center and a showcase of glorious architecture.
It is appropriate that the center of Paris — particularly that section gracing the Seine around Île de la Cité and Île Saint-Louis — features some of the city's oldest and most majestic historic monuments. (

New York, Washington, Paris, Vienna, Eisenstadt, Venice, Firenze and Rome series try to continue in Sketches of Cities. 
 (At Least Once A Week)
Gracias por su visita. / Thanks for visiting, please be sure that I read each and every one of your kind comments and I appreciate them all.


Boom Nisanart said...

All are brilliant !!!!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful pictures of Seine :)

Roberto Machado Alves said...

Great shots and very interesting pictures. Congratulations.



B SQUARED said...

Lovely to see through your lens.

brattcat said...

The Seine has clearly been a muse of inspiration for you and your lens. These are wonderful.

Japy said...

Preciosas. Me encantan todas pero la cuarta la que más. Saludos.

Luis Gomez said...

Hermosisimo trabajo. Excelente tratamiento de las imagenes. Una belleza!

Carolyn Ford said...

I really like your HDR on these shots. The Seine must be something special to photograph as a picture must always be in your presence. Beautiful job, Carraol.

christina Klas said...

Your photo effects are fantastic! Made me want to stroll through the whole blog to see what else I could find!

T. Becque said...

Your pictures should be sold in Paris as postcards.