Monday, June 29, 2009

'Missing Paris Day'~Pont Alexandre

~Taken
from
the
Pont
Alexandre
(a historical
monument
bridge)
built
between
1896
and
1900.
It is
named
after
Tsar
Alexandre III
and
was
inaugurated
in
1900
during the
Universal
Exhibition
which
was
attended
by some
50 million
visitors.~
So the Paris "Soldes" have begun again. According to one source, this year's second round of state-regulated sales began last Wednesday on June 24th and run until Tuesday July 28th. The last of this year's twice-yearly (allowed) sales hits just before the usual August vacations when much of Paris shuts down and tout la monde hits the autoroute (usually at the same time). Since so many of the French head down South for 'vacance', my guess is bikinis and beachware are gracing hordes of department store and boutique windows.
Of course, one could also parade bikini-wear during the annual Paris Plage: the one month period each summer when the Pompidou Expressway becomes one long beach along the Seine, complete with (literally) tons of sand trucked in.
I also just read that in June is held the "Garcons de Cafe" (waiters) Race. Sorry to have missed that. Wonder if any of our favorite waiters at Le Suffren participate!
So much to see and do in Paris in the summer! Sigh.

(Photography copyright: Kirsten Steen

13 comments:

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Bonjour Kirsten! Comment ça va? Merci pour être venue chez moi. Je suis vachement triste que je doive m'eloigner de mon blog, mais ma thèse est due cette année et donné que je suis professeur, j'ai tout l'été à la commencer et la finir...on verra. À la prochaine, donc! Anita

Ms. Lucy said...

Good morning Kirsten:) How I wish I could be in Paris...anywhere in France really. This photo is stunning. Thanks for allowing me to dream (your blog is so much about that!)

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

Bonjour Anita~ Et merci a vous aussi! Bonne chance avec la these et bonne ete aussi!
a la prochaine!

Ms. Lucy~ What a beautiful comment! Thanks so much for your kind words and for coming by. Can't wait to read your review of 'In the Company of Courtesans'!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Merci Kirsten! A toute à l' heure!! Anita

Polly said...

Paris Plage is a such a brilliant idea, I wish we could have one in London, Parisians always seem to enjoy it a lot!

I love that bridge, thanks for the photo

annechovie said...

wow, now you are making me miss Paris! Have a very Happy 4th!

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

Thanks annechovie~ and the same to you! Btw- Love your chairs and your father's paintings!

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

Polly~ So true. Too bad they can't jump in the water though when it gets hot. But it looks fun. I've walked by once but not actually partaken or gotten photos.
Happy holiday weekend!

Fifi Flowers said...

Tat is a GORGEOUS photo!!! Wish I was there... le sigh!!!

Relyn said...

Are you telling me that in France stores must have sales at a certain time of year? Really? And, is that the only time they can have sales??

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

Fifi~ Thanks and you and me both!

Relyn~ This is what I'm sayin'! After all the years I've been going there, I only recently just learned this myself and was stunned. Only twice a year!! And none others are allowed. Boggles the mind!

Amy @ Passages to the Past said...

Fantastic photo! I'd much rather be there than here at my desk!

Thank you for sharing! I really love this feature!

That's a lot of exclamation points! Heehee

Relyn said...

It does boggle the mind. Where is the capitalism?? ha.