Friday, March 15, 2013

Reflections of France - Paris, Versailles, and Giverny

Reflections are like a window on a reverse world, or a parallel universe. The mirror effect expands our view of reality, even though we know it's an illusion. Hope you enjoy the following examples. (Remember Alice in  'Through the Looking-Glass')


Versailles

Back view of Versailles, with Reflection, by DG Hudson
 
 
This was the palace of the Sun King, Louis XIV. In the back of the estate after an autumn rain, pools reflect the splendor that formed a 'gilded cage'. 
 
 
Versailles Reflection, close view, by DG Hudson


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Monet's Water Garden, reflections of willows and water lilies on an overcast day. The boat is also reflected in the calm surface.



Monet's Water Garden, Giverny, by DG Hudson


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Le Moulin de Fourges - a former mill with an attached restaurant lies between Giverny and Versailles in France. We had lunch here at this quiet spot in the countryside as part of a tour booked from Paris.



Le Moulin de Fourges, France, by DG Hudson


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Old Paris neighborhood, in miniature

Not a true reflection, but a scene reflecting the winding streets of a historical Paris, this small scale model can be found at the Carnavalet Museum.


Old Paris in Miniature, Carnavalet Museum by DG Hudson



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Do you look for reflections when you are traveling or after a rainy day? Do you like to see images with reflections? Have you ever use reflection as an element in your writing?  Please share in the comments.


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References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Through_the_Looking-Glass
Lewis Carroll's 'Through the Looking-Glass'

http://dghudson-rainwriting.blogspot.ca/2012/04/c-carnavalet-museum-z-blog-challenge.html
2012 post for C-Carnavalet Museum in the A to Z blog Challenge.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnavalet_Museum Carnavalet Museum

31 comments:

  1. I'm a huge fan of shooting reflections!! The colours seem so much more vibrant in the reflection.

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    1. It can be mesmerizing, JoJo. I know you would notice these things, since I've admired your talent for photography.

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  2. I love reflections, but since there's so little rain here, I am now looking for shadows. Lots of those. I love your photos.

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    1. I'll share rain photos, and you can share your sky and shadow photos. Fair exchange, Inger.

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  3. Mirror images, reflections, are fascinating inspirations in writing, which one is the true one? Your photos make me want to book a trip to France, soon!

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    1. I can never get enough of Paris or the rest of France either. Thanks for stopping by Loverofwords!

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  4. I just read your comment and wanted to stop by again and wish you all the best with your writing. It sounds like a great opportunity.

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    1. I hope so, Inger! I feel honoured that you visited twice. . .thank you.

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  5. You are making me want to go to France very badly. I've always wanted to see Versailles and Monet's garden. Beautiful.

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    1. I was impressed with Versailles much more than I expected to be. The art work alone is worth the visit, and our (English speaking) French tour guide was very knowledgeable about the history.

      Don't miss it if you get the chance! (I'm not easily impressed with opulence, but I love history).

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  6. Gorgeous photos. Makes me hunger for Europe again.

    Le Moulin de Fourges looks simply delicious!

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    1. Thanks, Wendy. That inn was very quaint, and the food was good, but not quite as good as in the Paris bistros.

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  7. Beautiful pictures! I love looking at reflections through water.

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  8. Thank you D.G. for your reflections. I've been to all those places - twice to Monet's Garden so I could see it in both winter an summer Stayed in La Roche Guyon, a gorgeous village about 7 k from Monet's Garden. Made some friends there. The hotel serves the best local French cuisine you'll get in France, and that's saying something.
    I keep a journal when I travel and some of my experiences end up in my stories.

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    2. (My comment needed a revision.) I would love to explore more of France, Denise. It's on the horizon. . .

      I keep a travel journal. It's a good way to retain the details. Included are sketches, and sometimes photos. Nice to see you here!

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  9. I love images with reflections.

    I've been to Paris, but I'd like to visit the French countryside.

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    1. What I saw of France was beautiful. There are many tours for seeing places outside Paris. It depends on what you want - chathedrals, palaces, wine, food, history, etc. So much to see.

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  10. My mom loved Versailles. She says they have china with actual jewels embedded within.

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    1. There are several different tours of the palace, and that must have been a different one from ours. Jewelled dishes seem strange,but it was a place of opulance.

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  11. Lovely reflection images. Good reminder to think about reflections in writing, it can be a great metaphor for identity.

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    1. Being the 'reflective type' of thinker can say something about a character. Thanks for following and welcome, Charmaine.

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  12. Now you're making me really excited for May, when I'll be going to France. :-D

    I love reflections, but somehow have only a vague memory of using one in one of my WiPs.

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    1. Lucky you, hope you enjoy your trip to France! Take photos while you're there, and share them with us.

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  13. I'm like Misha above, enthralled with your photos as we're also going to Paris this summer, then to Normandy after a few days. I haven't been in years so am curious to see if what I remember, monument wise, is how it was. In a way, I guess this is a reflection in the making. But I know what you mean about reflections on water. There's something special that increases the moment's beauty.

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    1. Oh, you'll have a great time, Kittie, if Normandy is similar to Giverny. My traveling heart was lost at first sight to Old Paris and the Seine River.

      See my 'Paris Posts' for more info about Paris cafes, walking tours and special places we saw - it's a tab at the top of either of my blogs. I kept a travel journal while there and turned them into blogposts.

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  14. Lovely! I enjoy images with a reflection. In fact, I worked hard to get the perfect shot of a lighthouse reflected in a tide pool. I'm not sure I've pulled it off other than that, ever. And, yes, I've used it in poetry, but not so much in anything else.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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    1. Sometimes I notice the reflection when I'm taking the shot, and others I don't notice until I view the photos. The light has to be just right and the water calm.

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  15. Always enjoy your photos -- and the reflections really add a unique perspective. What I wouldn't give to see Monet's gardens! Maybe someday.

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    1. I understand why Monet loved this place. The property was given to France when the last surviving relative of Monet died in a traffic accident. Hope you and your wife get there some day, Milo.

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