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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique | The Louvre in Paris, France

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For me, the Louvre in Paris, France definitely spells unique. Here is the original photo I took in 1990 with some up to date remixes to give it some color. The museum itself is a unique and wonderful place to visit. Here, the newly designed pyramid, that is also the entrance to the museum, is under construction. It provides a distinctive and contemporary look to the historical structure of the museum. A must visit for anyone looking for that certain unique experience.

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A Rewind: Paris | The River Seine

A Rewind: Paris | The River Seine

In 1990 I had the pleasure of going to Paris, France. I took the trip alone from the Netherlands. What an adventure seeing this beautiful city. I visited all the major museums in the city center along the river Seine. And of course the Eiffel Tower, the Latin Quarter and surrounding areas. I will always remember that moment in front of the Nord, thinking I was a long way from home.


Post Canvas And Paint: Another Parisian World (A 1990 Paris France Remix)

As I Stood on the Eiffel Tower and looked across the rooftops of Paris, I marveled at the world I had discovered…

Another Parisian World

What an eclectic moment, basking in timeless beauty, here above the City of Lights.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Path 03

My final installment for this challenge is the path to beautiful art at the Louvre via just one of the many bridges that cross the river Seine.

A path to beautiful art at the Louvre, in Paris, France


Boulevard St-Michel in the Latin Quarter, Paris, France

Boulevard St Michel

The Latin Quarter has become synonymous with the Sorbonne
University in Paris, France. It is an extremely old part of Paris. It became
its scholarly center in the 13th century when the University was moved
from the lle-de-la-Cite to the Left Bank. The Boulevard St-Michel is a wide
avenue built during the Second Empire, and is affectionately known by the
Parisians as the “Boul’ Mich”. It ascends from the river Seine towards the hill
of Ste Genevieve. The boulevard is populated with second hand bookshops, cafes,
distinct and exotic restaurants and avant-garde cinemas. The Boulevard St-Michel is the heart of the Latin Quarter.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

Looking up at the Eiffel Tower. What an amazing view, when standing beneath this incredible, beautiful, architectural structure.  A work of art indeed.

The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France


Weekly Photo Challenge: Entrance 03

A great entrance needs its own work of art….

The Louvre in Paris, France as remixed in the form of a digital pen.

The Louvre is a magnificent museum. I visited the museum in 1990 and just fell in love with its collection of art. But the entrance, the trait-d union between the new rooms and the surface, is a glass, transparent pyramid, of a very light construction, flanked by another two smaller pyramids which, like the larger one, reflect the changeable light of the Parisian sky.

The author of this bold project was the American architect of Chinese origin Ieoh Ming Pei, who also created the new wing of the National Gallery in Washington DC.

The entrance to the Louvre in Paris, France


Weekly Photo Challenge: Entrance 02

In keeping with the theme of Paris, France here is another entrance shot. It is the Musee d Orsay, located on the left bank of the river Seine. The Museum hosts the works of some of the world best Impressionist painters such as Monet, Renoir, Degas, Manet and Pissarro. Post-Impressionist work can also be found in the museum as well. They include some rather remarkable paintings by famous artists such as Seurat, Toulouse-Lautrec, Gauguin and Van Gogh.

Musee de Orsay in Paris, France


Weekly Photo Challenge: Entrance

Here is a shot I took when I was in Paris. It is Nord, the central train station. I just love the architecture of this beautiful building. The entrance is directly below.

The Paris central train station NORD


30-Day Song Challenge: Day 06

The river Seine and the streets of Paris, France 1990

Day 6 of the 30-Day Song Challenge asks the question what is “a song that reminds you of somewhere”?

http://youtu.be/_a3g8AMKXw4   Isabelle Aubret – La Fanette

While in Europe in 1990, I had the pleasure of traveling from
The Netherlands to Paris, France.  I fell
in love with the city. My girlfriend at the time was from Iran, but studied at
the University of Paris before moving to the United States. It was her
influence that led me to make the trip alone while my fellow artists (we were
exhibiting in Deventer, Holland) travelled to Germany.  I felt courageous doing this alone, and
enjoyed seeing the city and its rich artistic and cultural heritage. Ever since
that visit, I have fell in love with most things French (food, art, soccer,
film, music). That fact brings me to Isabelle Aubret and French music in
general.  She is incredible. I love her
voice, and the language itself. I particularly like French music from the
sixties (classic and new-retro as well) and contemporary French Pop. Singers
such as Francoise Hardy, France Gall, April March, Etienne Daho, and Charlotte Gainsbourg to
name a few, are at the top of my list. I think that is one of the reasons I
love this music, because it always takes me back to the streets of Paris.

day 01 – your favorite song – Stars of the Lid’s “Don’t Bother They’re Here”

day 02 – your least favorite song – Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven”

day 03 – a song that makes you happy – Ivy’s – Edge of the Ocean

day 04 – a song that makes you sad – Trespassers Williams – Love You More

day 05 – a song that reminds you of someone – Trespassers Williams – Lie in the Sound

day 06 – a song that reminds you of somewhere