Tuesday, May 6, 2008
More of "Paris, je taime"
In the film "Paris, je t'aime", there are many glimpses of Paris, including the beautiful Place des Vosges in the Marais district. This is the oldest square in Paris, and therefore has a long history. Many famous people have lived there - Victor Hugo was a resident for many years during the 19th century, as was Cardinal Richelieu during the 17th century.
The Place des Vosges was officially opened in 1612, and one of the most striking things about it is that all the surrounding buildings have the same design, with red brick facades and blue slate roofs. The square is surrounded by an arcade to allow pedestrians shelter from the weather as they stroll around the square. Although the buildings are mostly commercial properties, there are some private residences remaining. I'm pretty sure that they would not be cheap!
I took these photos at the beginning of spring, and Paris was starting to turn green after the winter months. Although cool (you can see most people are wearing jumpers or coats), there was lovely blue sky on this particular day. Parisians and tourists have gathered on the seats and on the grass to enjoy the sunshine and admire the statues and fountains.
EXIF: (both) Sony Cybershot; ISO 100; 1/500 sec; f5.6.