Sunday, 5 October 2014

Computer dramas and random photos taken while in Paris two weeks ago

Firstly may I say thank you for all the comments on the last post!  I much appreciate them all. 

September was a difficult month in the absence of my laptop, which abruptly expired! With only my Nexus tablet to work with, I tried to do one post on my photodiary  while in Paris, but gave up in despair.  It copes  with simple photos, but if you try to add captions, it becomes more than difficult, especially with the small screen.   We never did track down the problem with my old laptop, but thankfully the hard drive was unaffected, so I was able to transfer all my files to a new laptop. Because I wanted a qwerty keyboard and a French guarantee, the purchase took longer than I expected. I am now trying to master all the new programmes loaded on it!

These are mostly random shots taken in Paris, where the architecture took my eye as we were passing.  Many I have no identification for, but I thought nevertheless they would be of interest, particularly for those of you who have not visited the city. I will in time get through the approximately 600 (!) photos I took, and do some more specific posts.

We were fascinated by the lighting under the elevated section of the Metro subway line which crosses the river Seine at the Pont de Bir-Hakeim on the west side of Paris.

and the elaborately carved stonework of the architecture close by

in the Square Alboni. The stairs visible in the background lead to the roadway which crosses the river underneath the rail line.

Another view of the quiet suburb of Passy

Map of Square Alboni, 75016 Paris, France
The location map shows how the bridge affords a good view of the Eiffel tower, just across the river.

Loved this ornate doorway - no 51 somewhere!

Optician's sign at Rue du Pas de la Mule in the 4th arrondissement (suburb) , not far from the Bastille, where the troubles of the French Revolution began in Paris.

Seafood extravagantly displayed, and priced accordingly!

Trees growing in crevices in the stonework!


The green patina on copper covering to a roof dome.


More intricate stonework -those French craftsmen of old!!!!


Boulevard Pasteur; lots of work going on here restoring the old viaduct which carries the overhead metro line.  In the distance, you can see the gold adorned turret on Les Invalides.

An interesting doorway in Rue Monge.


There is a great selection of door knobs and knockers in Paris!

Intricate cast iron Juliet balcony balustrades.

My photodiary  site is pretty much up to date,  so for those of  you who may be interested see HERE.

I have every intention of returning to My Life Before Charente, hopefully in the not too distant future, but time always seems to be at a minimum!


35 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos! Thanks so much for sharing, Diane.

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    1. Linda I replied to this 2 days back and I see now it is missing. There is another one gone AWOL as well,Google never ceases to amaze me. Thanks so much for the comment, much appreciated. Diane

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  2. Sure glad you're back up with a new puter. These shots are fantastic. Love how ornate and detailed everything is.

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    1. I am also glad to be back with a new computer Gaelyn, just a case of getting used to it! Paris is a beautifulvcity, I just do not like crowds!!! Have a good week, Diane

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  3. Hi Diane, thanks for visiting. Sorry to hear about your computer problems. They can be very frustrating. Loved the photographs of Paris. Having gone there briefly back in June it was lovely to experience it again through your lovely photos. I hope to go back again one day and spend more time to explore. It is a gorgeous city!

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    1. Hi Denise, it is good to be back on line and frustrating that I have so many photos now to go through! I hope you get to return to Paris, there is so much to see. Take care Diane

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  4. It must have been wonderful returning home after getting a new computer and spending few days being a tourist. (I don't like crowds either).

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    1. Nadege I love seeing Paris but big cities are not my scene! I like to have a pavement and a road to myself ,and if I want to take a photo, I do not need to have to wait for ages and than still find a head in the way :-) Give me the country any day. Hope all is well with you, take care Diane

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  5. Oh I'm so glad to see you back as I'd wondered why you were no longer posting :-)

    The photos of Paris are lovely. I'd like to go there myself some day but will have to try and find a time when the crowds are thinned out. That probably means cold weather time, yikes, lol.

    Glad to hear you've sorted out your computer problems and hope to see more of you. xx

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    1. Joyful it has been a combination of lack of time and latterly the computer. I do not think you will ever find Paris without crowds though they maybe a little thinner in winter. If you are going to go, you may as well enjoy the weather as well as put up with the crowds!! Lots of photos to go through so I hope I can now also get a bit more tie with winter approaching. Keep well Diane

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  6. Thank you for sharing your photos of beautiful Paris. I think there has never been a more gracious phase in architecture than the "Belle Epoque" era in Paris.

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    1. Thanks Libbie for your visit and comment, much appreciated. There were some amazing structures in the later 1800's. We are lucky to see this era over much of France. Have a good week Diane

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  7. Beautiful photos Diane which brought back lovely memories of our trips to Paris. Must visit again one day x

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    1. Kerry we did enjoy it and the weather was good, just too many people! Hope your dust free for your visitors tomorrow :-) A bientot. Diane xx

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  8. Seafood stalls are fascinating. I can spend 'hours' looking at them. Those scallops look so tasty. I can almost taste them, nicely chilled, raw, thinly sliced with just a drop of lemon juice, freshly ground pepper and a dash of coarse sea salt .... Mmmmmm

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    1. Ladybird you are making my mouth water LOL Thanks for the visit and the comment. Have a good week Diane

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  9. Glad that your computer is finally sorted.
    Lovely pics of Paris which seems to have a photo opportunity around every corner.

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    1. So am I Gaynor, a month without it was not good! Paris is beautiful, but it is difficult not to take too many photos (which I did),so easy to just click away but sorting them out afterwards is another story! Thanks for the comment, hope we catch up soon if we make it to the Loire. Have a good week Diane

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  10. Thanks for the beautiful tour! I never tire of seeing beautiful Paris.

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    1. Thanks Rosaria, comment appreciated. Take care Diane

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  11. I am sorry for your computer problems - no fun! The photos are beautiful. The architecture in your part of the world is simply stunning!

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    1. Pam second reply coming up the last one went AWOL!! We used to survive well enough before computers but then there were no blogs to view and write! France is a beautiful country. Thanks for the visit and the comment. Have a good week, Diane

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  12. Diane, you have quite the eye for photography and catching just the right moments. I particularly like the one with the door knocker. Who would ever tire of Paris. Our heart however will always remain in Provence and we'll be there for two months next year. Can't wait. Sorry about your computer problems. Computers are wonderful but from time to time give one a lot of heartbreak :)
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    1. Sam I do not know Provence so well but I have to say I am very happy in the Charente. Paris is great for a visit, but as I do not like cities or crowds I could never stay for long :-) Thanks so much for the kind comment, have a great week. Diane

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  13. My son and his bride were in Paris for 2 days during their honeymoon, and thought it was lovely. Of course, speaking no French, he used the point and gesture method, such as pointing at croissants and holding up 2 fingers while his bride said "Merci!" I'm sure they were considered Rude Americans, but that's the price you pay for welcoming tourists, n'est ce pas? As always, your pictures were beautiful, and I'm looking forward to seeing more, now that you have a computer you can use!

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    1. Marjie the French are much easier going than they used to be, and so long as you make a little effort the majority of people will help you. Even merci is enough :-) Also in Paris there is quite a lot of English spoken. I barely get by in the country but I do, Nigel thankfully has improved so much since living here and now can also cope with phone calls which were always the nightmare.

      I just have to now sort my photos and get used to this laptop which I find needs the keys to be hit rather than touched as the old one did!! Hope that all is well, take care Diane.

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  14. Welcome back to the computer world. It must have been a frustrating time for you. You have an interesting collection of Paris shots certainly not cliche shots.

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    1. Thanks diane it is now frustrating getting to learn new programmes and getting used to this keyboard which has a much heavier touch then my last one! The cliche shots will appear ! Diane

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  15. Oh great, I can leave a comment today! On monday it didn't work on your blog :(
    Hi Diane!
    Sorry to hear;;; I mean to read about your miseries with your laptop, a frustrating time to go through when you have much to publish!!
    Gorgeous pictures of the parisian stone work and streets!
    It is a beautiful city, but I just can't stand city bustle anymore! I even stay away from beautiful Toulouse all I can!!
    Have a good week, hugs from Midi-Pyrénées!

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    1. Noushka we also hate cities but other the Versailles we tried to look at the less touristy places! Give us the country and wide open spaces any time. Thanks for the comment, bonne journée Diane

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  16. Fantastic shots of the beautiful architecture in Paris! Well done, Diane.

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    1. Thanks José, we tried to stay away from the tourist spots but we still got caught up with them in Versailles! Photos still to come! Diane

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  17. Glad you're up and running again. It's a frustrating situation when your gadget fails to operate.

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    1. Rose so am I, very frustrating not having my laptop for so long, the pad just cannot scope with the same sort of work!
      Diane

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  18. Love all the small details that you captured on your visit. Sorry about the problems with your computer…I'm sure it will take some adjustment to get used to the new one.

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