Saturday, July 30, 2011

Where is this?


Unless you have been in this very spot you may not guess, but this is from the platform of a Metro station. One generally thinks of Metro stations beneath ground but this is from the very large Bastille and this is a raised platform open to the water below, the Bassin de l'Arsenal or Canal St. Martin.

Last year I bought a book about the Metro in Paris and it has almost more than you ever wanted to know. It makes for good reading in and is a wonderful reference but I do wish that there was a picture-book of all the Metro stations inside and out.











31 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Terrific capture, Genie! I love it! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, mon amie!

Hugs
Sylvia

beau gosse said...

I knew it straight away, Genie! Do I win a prize?!?!? Thanks for the lovely shot and the chuckle as well!

Andrew Etchen said...

Great capture from where you were standing. such a surreal setting. You must be having a blast over there.

James said...

Cool shot! The black and white and vignetting looks great! Sounds like a neat Metro station!

Pierre BOYER said...

J'aime cet endroit...

Pierre
http://pierre-boyer.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Yes, I agree, a book with pictures of the Paris Metro stations would be wonderful! I was impressed with all the ones I used when I visited there.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

That sounds like a project for you Genie, gorgeous pictures of all the metro's in Paris, wouldn't that be fun! Love the effect you've used on this picture, has got that sort of 'aged' look. Hope you're having a good weekend.

Rob-bear said...

Well, since there is a river in Paris, there are boats. And one needs to be able to get from one's boat to the Métro at some point. All very logical, Genie.
Good picture and explanation, Genie. Thanks.

Malyss said...

Next time you come to France, buy a book called "Metronome", by Lorent Deutsch. You'll find plenty of interessing stories about the metro, and some pictures.

dive said...

The Bassin looks so different in black and white!

Paris Paul said...

All this reminds me that my "Where Is It Wednesday?" misses you! It'll start up again in September, just so you know. ;-)

M said...

Wow! It looks so different in B&W! I looked at my photo and almost couldn't believe it is the same place. Beautiful shot.

Aesthetic Alterations said...

I loved strolling along that area! Great photo.

Kate said...

I think that Perth's suggestion is a good one for a time-consuming project for you. Perhaps writing off the expenses as well. I have read several essays and a book on the boat people of Paris...fascinating, esp. those families who make a living there by transporting goods as contrasted by the leisure boaters or more affluent houseboaters. Love the photo!

Cassy said...

Beautifully captured!
I like it.

Cassy from Best Online Guitar Lessons

Nadege said...

A picture book of all the Paris metro stations : could be your next project?

Jane, Naples, Florida said...

That is so interesting, I had no
idea. I like the other comments
about a picture book of the Paris
Metro stations... looks like you
need to take another trip soon!

Jane
Flora Doora

BaysideLife said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I know what you mean about Paris reaching out and grabbing you. I spent every summer vacation in my twenties there. It's been a very long time since I've visited, so I thoroughly enjoyed your pictures and commentary. I look forward to more.

Grammy Goodwill said...

How interesting. I never would have guessed.

Virginia said...

IT's nice to see at night as well!
V

Virginia said...

Hey why don't we do that picture book? The title can be, "Virginia, Lost in Metro Land!"
V

Gringo said...

I love boats, but I guess there's not much privacy there!

biebkriebels said...

Yes, funny those stations above the ground. Suddenly you see bright daylight.

Bibi said...

I have always wanted to take the midnight tour or whatever they call it, where you ride the metro after closing.....wooooo.....spooky. I think they serve you champagne, too.

Paula said...

Everything about Paris so romantic. I would love to experience traveling one of the rivers.

Alexa said...

I knew it as well—and I know a book project when I see one too!

Louis la Vache said...

hee hee.... This was «Louis'» guess as to the location...
;-D

Jack said...

Why think small? Instead of a book of every Metro station, how about a book of every street? That would keep you in Paris longer. Interesting effect you got here.

Julie said...

So ... what are you waiting for?

Louise said...

Oooh, I knew it too! Only because we were right there a year ago.

Randy said...

Lovely b&w.