Friday, April 24, 2015

Weekend Reflections


I love the passages of Paris—wonderful
glass-roofed shopping arcades that date mostly
to the 19th century—and Galerie Vivienne 
is one of the most elegant of all.

[To see more Weekend Reflections, visit James's meme.]

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  1. Love the different shapes in this reflection shot.

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  2. First of all I love the reflection and the staircase. Strangely I don't remember the staircase being behind glass. I must be getting old. :-)

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    1. There is another one, with a metal handrail, that goes around in the opposite direction (and is not behind glass)—so your memory is intact!

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  3. The staircase reflection and glass ceiling reflections are terrific. Well done.

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  4. Excellent reflection! Yes, I guess it became fashionable in W-Europe to have these glas-skylight passages, where my son lives in the Hague (Holland), they have a similar one.

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  6. Holy smoke! If Weekend Reflections had awards this would deserve something up there with the Oscars, Pulitzer, Nobel, Medal of Honor, Pomme d’Or...

    As the photo was loading I could see the top wishing that I could see the actual passage. And there it is! In the reflection.

    Like James I became disoriented by the staircase behind you reflected in the glass, and became curious about it. It once led to the residence of Eugène François Vidocq at #13. Could anyone ever have lived a more interesting and improbable life? Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas, Balzac, Melville, Edgar Allan Poe, Dickens, and Arthur Conan Doyle, et al. certainly regarded him highly. Enough so that both Jean Valjean and Javert in Les Miserables, Sherlock Holmes, C. August Dupin in Poe’s Murders in the Rue Morgue were all based on Vidocq.

    A somewhat succinct blurb on Vidocq can be found at the Amazon page for a modern translation of his partially ghostwritten memoirs here.

    Because of the reflections I was expecting to see you among those reflected. Did you, by any chance utilize Photoshop rather skillfully to blot out your own reflection on the left?

    Thank you once again for the continuing education.

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    1. Good linkage, TG! I think that Vidocq may have been on the mind of Simenon when he created Inspector Maigret too. Re the staircase, though, see my reply to James. This one was behind the glass. And I did not photoshop this—guess I was just having a blurry day. :~}

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