Sunday, January 19, 2014

PARIS - Windows on France

Windows need a view. A balcony is nice, too.

In Paris, there are enough styles and types of windows that one could wax eloquent about them easily. Versailles Palace, home of the Sun King, Louis XIV, has some very photogenic windows as well. Through the closed windows we see the back gardens of the estate. They also provided ventilation for the interior of the huge buildings.



Window in Versailles Gallery, by DG Hudson


Does a closed window give you any story ideas? This view made me think of the way an entire king's court called Versailles home, if they wanted to be in 'the court'. To some it must have seemed confining. But political intrigue being what it is, the king wanted his subjects within viewing distance. To anyone or anything kept in a cage of sorts, a window can be a source of escape. Windows also allow entry by those who may be on the other side of that transparent barrier. (That would be the Musketeers and knights looking for that damsel in distress. . .)


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Arched, Rectangular and Molded Windows



Windows in the Carnavalet Museum, Paris by DG Hudson

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In this stately Paris townhouse, the Carnavalet Museum resides. Three rows of windows, three different designs. The front three windows have the extra benefit of a small balcony for viewing the formal garden. The museum within has broad staircases, wall murals and interesting artifacts and displays of French history. The history contained in this museum is a great way to learn about France's past, especially the French Revolution. Recommended for history buffs.


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Paris Shop front and Umbrella Signage
(the cane and the little orange shapes on railing)



Parisian shops and  Wrought Iron by DG Hudson



A curved handle of an umbrella seems to lean out over the brown original store front in the image above. At one time, the fabric part of the umbrella may have been part of the sign. Now, there are two small orange umbrellas. I also liked the green door beside this shop. The interior of the umbrella shop seemed to have a variety of items. Even though 'Paris in the rain' is a phrase that inspires poetic rambles and writer's angst, it only rained twice for short periods in the autumn when we visited. 

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Notre Dame Cathedral
 Round Windows




Round Windows in  back section of Notre Dame, Paris by Green Eye

Walk to the back and sides of the Notre Dame Cathedral to see the waterspouts which leer outward and fantasy details such as the three round windows in the structure above. 

My imagination was stirred. That's a tree branch encroaching on the right side of this image. There is also a wall or fence, plus that tree, between where we were standing and this part of the church. I don't know if that part of the building can be accessed via tours, but unusual details always catch my interest. Notre Dame still has the capacity to amaze, and a venerable lady she is too!



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Another post about  Paris Windows, and what they reveal:

http://dghudson-rainwriting.blogspot.ca/2012/11/a-view-with-window.html

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Are you a person who notices windows? Or photographs them? Does being in a place with few or no windows bother you? 
What do you think of customized image windows? (a future vision many scifi writers have used) 

Please share your thoughts or ideas in the comments. I'm always listening!

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21 comments:

  1. I love to shoot doors and windows....and architecture in general. I esp. like to get reflections in the windows.

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    1. I know you do, JoJo, and I like a LOT of those east coast photos you take. (Reflections add to a photo, IMO)

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  2. Love this post. Haven't been to Paris in two years and this makes me miss it so much! Lovely, and I like the questions you ask, the points you raise. I do like to photograph windows and doorways, especially in France. Yes, they do often cause my imagination to roam, to try ideas out, to dream a bit. I especially love windows when it's raining outside and I'm inside looking out, enjoying the wetness without having to be wet myself! Looking forward to your post on the 22nd, the blog hop about new beginnings...

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    1. Yes I like that feeling with rain. I'm looking forward to reading everyone's post, too, on the 22nd. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Well, I'd love to see the windows of Notre Dame. Beautiful. :)

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    1. Perhaps you could have your character somehow get from Wales to Paris? Several churches preceded the one we see today. . Nice to see you drop by, LG! Have missed your presence.

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  4. Cool post! We really need to plan a family vacation to France.

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    1. It would be something they would never forget! Depends on their age, but there are many parks in Paris and many sights to see.

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  5. Beautiful window. I love having lots of windows since I'm an outdoor person.

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    1. I like lots of light and brightness, so I notice windows, for sure. Our last house we bought because it had a gorgeous bay window and a covered deck.

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  6. Gorgeous! I haven't visited Paris in ten years now... Hope I can go back soon!

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    1. I said that as soon as I came back last time. . .I'll never get enough of Paris.

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  7. DG, something about that Notre Dame picture - with the tree branches in the foreground - I'm mesmerized. The branches appear to bring renewed life to Notre Dame. Great perspective.

    Be well.
    xoRobyn

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    1. It reminded me of the designs one sees in 'steampunk' illustration. It's such an interesting building.

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  8. I have a thing for glass, so I take hundreds of pictures of windows. Doors too, come to think of it. :-)

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    1. Me, too. Openings=portals. Maybe that's why.

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  9. I love Paris, the old buildings are so romantic and quaint

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    1. I'd love to see the heritage buildings in London. Just to see how they compare.

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  10. I don't think I've ever really paid that close attention to windows, but you're right. They are quite interesting! (I don't think I would've noticed the umbrella handle if you hadn't pointed it out. I guess I should pause and notice details a little more!)

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    1. With your active kids, Sherry, I doubt you get a lot of time to pause and check out the windows. . I was lucky to have that time in Paris.

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  11. Great photos -- I may have mentioned before it's been 9 years since my Paris trip. I'll never forget it, and I hope to go back (this time with my wife).

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