Sunday, April 22, 2012

On the streets of Paris......


Recently I took a trip up to Paris to reacquaint myself with a city I visited quite frequently thirty years ago. It was lovely to revisit all the galleries and museums again, and rewander all the different neighbourhoods. The weather was less than kind, however, dominated by April showers, but there was one day when this incredible blue sky momentarily appeared, and I was able to capture a few Parisian icons at their best. Above is my favourite shot of the week combining the solid blue of the sky with the ethereal art nouveau wrought ironwork of the  metro sign. Have you revisited a somewhere recently, and did you capture a  favourite image of that place???


People go to the polls today here in France  to vote in the first round of the Presidential elections widely seen as a referendum on the perceived broken promises of Sarkozy's first term in office. Here is the latest word on the streets of Paris......


Apparently there is so much uncertainty that a third of voters are still undecided today, and claim they will make their minds up inside the actual polling booth!! It is expected, however, that Sarkozy will survive the first round, and will get through to the second alongside Socialist Francois Hollande - more of an unknown quantity, certainly in the International community outside of France. The result of the second round two weeks later on May 6th is much  more difficult to predict......

10 comments:

This is Belgium said...

nice photo's
curious to see how the elections go although the result second tour will be much more of a big question than todays

Rob and Mandy said...

Well, I hope the last photo is right... Nice blog you have here! Thanks for visiting my weekend reflections post.
As you're in the Riviera, you might want to visit our friend Jilly's blogs,
http://www.montecarlodailyphoto.com/
and
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Maria said...

Very nice blog and photos!
I love Paris very much, mais la
Méditerranée n'est pas mauvais aussi!
I am curious who wins the election in France. In the Netherlands the Parliament falled yesterday..
Regards,
Maria

A Cuban In London said...

Beautiful blue sky. Hollande pour president! :-) It's going to be a close race, I gather.

Greetings from London.

arabesque said...

hi there! ^0^
been to Paris last decembre also,unfortunately, still have no time to post. haha ^0^
thanks for dropping by though.
will continue reading your blog.
i also have a thing for this old art nouveau signage too.
they're just one of a kind.
as for the upcoming elections though, i hope the Parisians would vote for the Right one. ^0^

Sylvia K said...

Gorgeous blue skies! Glad you at least had one day of them! I think much of the world is sick of politics and even sicker of politicians!! I know I am!! Hope you have a great week, Catherine!

Sylvia

Peter Olson said...

An amusing street sign you found! :-)

☆•.¸.Mildred.¸.•☆ said...

Great series!
Love the last pic. May it come true soon;o)
Thanks for sharing. And thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment;o)

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Malyss said...

I have not been to Paris since 3 years now, it's beginning to be a long time..i'd like to revisit some places there, like the Albert Kahn Foundation, which is a fantastic place. Do you know it? i'm sure you'd like it!

Catherine said...

Thanx for all the lovely comments this week....