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

You don't take a photograph, you make it. ~Ansel Adams

The Earth Has Music For Those Who Listen.

"I still find each day to short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read and all the friends I want to see"

~ John Burroughs

June 28, 2010

Rues de Montmartre

Basilique du Sacré-Coeur (detail)

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Paris, commonly known as Sacré-Cœur Basilica (FrenchBasilique du Sacré-Cœur, pronounced [sakʁe kœʁ]), is a Roman Catholic church andminor basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in ParisFrance. A popular landmark, the basilica is located at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city.
The Map (Rue Cortot)
View from Montmartre
Chez Marie at Rue Gabrielle 
Wedding car thru Quai François Mitterrand at Place de l'institut 
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June 24, 2010

Moments In Montmartre












Moments of Life In Montmartre

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June 22, 2010

Paris Scenes

Luxor Obelisk and Eiffel Tower
Louvre Pyramid
Champs Elysées at Avenue W. Churchill (Invalides in the background)
La statue du général de Gaulle sur l’avenue des Champs-Élysées à Paris, une œuvre de Jean Cardot. (Charles de Gaulle statue by Jean Cardot. Place Clemenceau)
Monument and words of Charles de Gaulle, and in the background, Grand Palais.
(There is a pact twenty times secular between the grandeur of France and the freedom of the world)
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June 20, 2010

Place Charles de Gaulle

Arc de Triomphe
Place Charles de Gaulle
The Tomb of The Unknown Soldier 


The Arc de Triomphe is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It is located on the right bank of the Seine River. It forms the backdrop for an impressive urban ensemble in Paris. The monument surmounts the hill of Chaillot at the center of a pentagon-shaped configuration of radiating avenues. It was commissioned in 1806 after the victory at Austerlitz by Emperor Napoleon at the peak of his fortunes. Laying the foundations alone took two years, and in 1810 when Napoleon entered Paris from the west with his bride Archduchess Marie-Louise of Austria, he had a wooden mock-up of the completed arch constructed. The architect Jean Chalgrin died in 1811, and the work was taken over by Jean-Nicolas Huyot. During the Bourbon Restoration, construction was halted and it would not be completed until the reign of King Louis-Philippe, in 1833–36 when the architects on site were Goust, then Huyot, under the direction of Héricart de Thury. Napoleon's body passed under it on 15 December 1840 on its way to its second and final resting place at the Invalides.[6] The body of Victor Hugo was exposed under the Arch during the night of the 22 May 1885, prior to burial in the Panthéon

Beneath the Arc is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from the First World War. Interred here on Armistice Day 1920, it has the first eternal flame lit in Western and Eastern Europe since the Vestal Virgins' fire was extinguished in the year 394. It burns in memory of the dead who were never identified (now in both World Wars). The French model inspired the United Kingdom's tomb of The Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey. A ceremony is held there every 11 November on the anniversary of the armistice signed between France and Germany in 1918. It was originally decided on 12 November 1919 to bury the unknown soldier's remains in the Panthéon, but a public letter-writing campaign led to the decision to bury him beneath the Arc de Triomphe. The coffin was put in the chapel on the first floor of the Arc on 10 November 1920, and put in its final resting place on 28 January 1921. The slab on top carries the inscription ICI REPOSE UN SOLDAT FRANÇAIS MORT POUR LA PATRIE 1914–1918 ("Here lies a French soldier who died for the fatherland 1914–1918"). [Wiki]


Jose Saramago - 16 Nov 1922-18 June 2010.
Carlos Monsivais - 4 May 1938-19 June 2010.
(Splendid minds of XX-XXI centuries and both leftists.)

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June 18, 2010

City of Light / La Ciudad Luz

La Nouvelle Generation
Place de la Concorde
Out of Comedie Francaise (Place du Palais Royal)
Parisian Sky Game (View from Sacré-Coeur)
Back in Mexico City after two weeks in some incredible places of Europe, and if you don't mind I'll post some scenes of its immense beauty, people and streets. Just a search for light and movement. Hope you like it and thought that home is where your heart is.
  
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June 2, 2010

Mexico Paris

Faune Dansant (Dancing Faun) by E.L. Lequesne. Jardin du Luxembourg
Fountain in Mexico City (previous post)
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While I´m away, collecting new impressions from Europe, my site will be updated over the next two weeks with sketches from previous posts. Stay tuned. It will be worth it.

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