Tuesday, April 14, 2015

those buildings


There's a lot of construction going on in New York
these days—and none of it comes anywhere
near the charm of these buildings in Paris, put up 

in the 19th century by the hundreds by Baron Haussmann.
I understand that cost and ease of construction
(and just how tall can we make it?) dictate what's getting 
torn down and what's going up in its place in NYC
but I'm glad these elegant buildings are still there in Paris.

[Linking back to Ruby Tuesday and Our World Tuesday.]

11 comments:

  1. Pure beauty. Modern is nice, but nothing can beat this elegance as you say.

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  2. Another sigh inducer.

    I love the architecture of Paris and am so relieved that structures such as the Dancing House in Prague haven’t inflicted too many areas of Paris with such as their terpsichorean infectious excrescences. (We might forgive this, however).

    I do think Haussmann was onto something and find little attractive when the ghost of Salvador Dali gets his twisted fingers into one of those traditional buildings parisien.

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  3. I just love this building with all it's character and charm .....and that bright red, folded-out awning. :)

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  4. I can only imagine how colorful this structure is when all of the awnings are deployed at the same time. Very nicely captured. Have a blessed Ruby Tuesday Too.

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  5. I think the big difference between France and the US is that in France they really enforce city planning (and they have city planning!) In many little villages in France you cannot cover your roof the way you wish – if the city says that all roofs have to be covered in slate, you have to comply. In the center of Paris you are not allowed to build higher than a certain height. Here in the US nobody cares really, or if one has the money, that is enough – on my street we have tiny, ugly houses, next to Mc mansions, next to New England style barns next to Southern white columns houses – don’t have to go far. In the Buckhead area of Atlanta, in old neighborhoods with vintage bungalows, nouveaux riches buy 2 or 3 bungalows and tear them down to built an atrocious looking supersized mansion. Of course, everyone is entitled to their taste, I guess, or lack of.

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  6. I'll have the flat with the red awning. Have you read The Greater Journey? Being a French/France lover and occasionally an 'American in Paris,' you should.

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  7. I'll have the flat with the red awning. Have you read The Greater Journey? Being a French/France lover and occasionally an 'American in Paris,' you should.

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  8. Gorgeous, ma chere !! I'm not generally a 'red' girl, but those splashes are beautiful there. Happy weekend!!

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