Cloudy days II, more vignettes from Paris


For some odd reason, the chemo-induced ennui that has kept us from writing more blog posts of late doesn’t seem to have impaired our ability to worth with images.

So instead of more words, here are some images from our second trip to Paris, a visit characterized by rain and overcast skies. And click on any of the images to enlarge.

First, the scene outside the entrance to Colonel Fabien station, a top on Paris Métro Line 2 which runs along the border of the 10th and 19th arrondissements under the Boulevard de la Vilette.

The station, opened in 1903, was renamed after World War II in honor of Colonel Pierre-Georges Fabien, whose fatal shooting of a German soldier to at the Barbès – Rochechouart metro station was the opening act of armed French Resistance in Paris.

The building in the background at 2, place du Colonel Fabien is the headquarters of the Parti communiste français, which finally abandoned its hammer-and-sickle logo earlier this month.

29 January 2007, Nikon D200, ISO 1600, 25 mm, 1/180 sec, f7.1

29 January 2007, Nikon D200, ISO 1600, 25 mm, 1/180 sec, f7.1

Nearby and across the traffic cicle from the metro stop, a fierce conversation erupted among a trio of mean waiting for a bus.

29 January 2007, Nikon D200, ISO 1600, 98 mm, 1/400 sec, f10

29 January 2007, Nikon D200, ISO 1600, 98 mm, 1/400 sec, f10

At another intersection, traffic consisted mainly of scooters and a very small passenger car.

29 January 2007, Nikon D200, ISO 1600, 22 mm, 1/180 sec, f9

29 January 2007, Nikon D200, ISO 1600, 22 mm, 1/180 sec, f9

As evening began to fall, the clouds began to dissipate while neon blossomed into light.

29 January 2007, Nikon D200, ISO 1600, 18 mm, 1/180 sec, f9

29 January 2007, Nikon D200, ISO 1600, 18 mm, 1/180 sec, f9

And as the sun finally set, the clouds were nearly gone.

29 January 2007, Nikon D200, ISO 1600, 98 mm, 1/400 sec, f10

29 January 2007, Nikon D200, ISO 1600, 98 mm, 1/400 sec, f10

The clouds were back the next day, and the threat of rain hurried this pedestrian across the intersection.

30 January 2007, Nikon D200, ISO 1600, 18 mm, 1/250 sec, f8

30 January 2007, Nikon D200, ISO 1600, 18 mm, 1/250 sec, f8

Our next day’s stroll brought us this image of a man fishing in the heart of Paris, along the man-made banks of the Canal Saint-Martin.

31 January 2007, Nikon D200, ISO 1600, 70 mm, 1/160 sec, f7.1

31 January 2007, Nikon D200, ISO 1600, 70 mm, 1/160 sec, f7.1

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