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Paris, 2016-10

5 Jun

Paris, 2016-10

The rivers continue to rise in much of Europe, and certainly in France. We hear from friends who are in Cinque Terre on the west coast of Italy, and while there has been a little rain, they have been fine. Another writes us on FB that they live on a barge in Brittany, and they, too, are fine.

On friday, the height of the river is noted by le Parisien as 6.07 meters above normal, or a bit over 19 feet. Yesterday’s report states some 20 feet with the levels actually starting to recede, albeit very slowly.

The record was back in 1910 at 8.62 meters, or over 28 feet. This flood is noted as the worst in 30 years.

A couple of the latest images show, in order, the Napolean/National Bridge with the water above the bottom of the wreath and part of the red tape barring people from accessing Pont des Arts where a number of the previous blogs’ photographs were made. In the latter, you can see that the water is almost above the base of the bridge.© 2016 Margo Taussig Pinkerton. All Rights Reserved. From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures. For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or at 1-919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. Eastern Time, ET.  Paris, 2016-10© 2016 Margo Taussig Pinkerton. All Rights Reserved. From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures. For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or at 1-919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. Eastern Time, ET.  Paris, 2016-10

Earlier in the day, we find ourselves in a familiar courtyard, and I am able to Continue reading 

Paris, 2016-09

4 Jun

Paris, 2016-09

After meeting several of our friends for coffee just down the street at a corner cafe, we take off for – where else – the river to see what has happened overnight. More steps vanished from sight? What about that catwalk? Where is the river level in relation to the wreathed “N” on the Napolean/National Bridge?

On the way, we pass a gallery window and see someone making sure it is spotless.© 2016 Margo Taussig Pinkerton. All Rights Reserved. From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures. For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or at 1-919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. Eastern Time, ET.  Paris, 2016-09

Back at Pont des Arts, someone ferries a women to the cafe boat that has not seen any business in several days. This has been brutally tough on the French and Parisian economy. With the terrorist attacks, the strikes, and now the floods, they have been severely impacted.

With these ferry dinghies, there are two caribiners used, and the “pilot” goes hand over hand to move the dinghy along. It should be noted that the river is not as swift here because of the normal back eddies that occur along the banks of many rivers, places where the current swirles back upstream befoe getting caught again in the main current.© 2016 Margo Taussig Pinkerton. All Rights Reserved. From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures. For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or at 1-919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. Eastern Time, ET.  Paris, 2016-09

I check on the other side of the bridge to see how that catwalk is doing. The water has risen from showing a full two lateral braces with space under to barely one, and now to none, with the level almost up at one end of the catwalk.© 2016 Margo Taussig Pinkerton. All Rights Reserved. From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures. For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or at 1-919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. Eastern Time, ET.  Paris, 2016-09

An elderly gentleman, probably a local from the looks of his clothing, photographs from some steps.© 2016 Margo Taussig Pinkerton. All Rights Reserved. From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures. For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or at 1-919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. Eastern Time, ET.  Paris, 2016-09

Back to the park on Ile de la Cite, and you can see the differences between now and the previous blog(s)© 2016 Margo Taussig Pinkerton. All Rights Reserved. From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures. For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or at 1-919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. Eastern Time, ET.  Paris, 2016-09© 2016 Margo Taussig Pinkerton. All Rights Reserved. From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures. For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or at 1-919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. Eastern Time, ET.  Paris, 2016-09

A pole of road signs is mostly submerged and pointing up to the level of the water on Pont Neuf. I missed the police boat whizzing by that would have been a nice touch.© 2016 Margo Taussig Pinkerton. All Rights Reserved. From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures. For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or at 1-919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. Eastern Time, ET.  Paris, 2016-09

At Pont des Arts, the water is almost up to the junction of the arches. It is a good thing that all the padlocks mentioned in an earlier blog were removed. With their weight and the force of the water, the bridge might well have been unsafe.© 2016 Margo Taussig Pinkerton. All Rights Reserved. From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures. For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or at 1-919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. Eastern Time, ET.  Paris, 2016-09

We finally make it to the Louvre where we have seen images of water on the surrounding roads. We see none, and even though the museum is closed, there are plenty of people there. For the first time, I notice that I.M. Pei did not align the biggest pyramid with the walk to the gate.© 2016 Margo Taussig Pinkerton. All Rights Reserved. From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures. For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or at 1-919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. Eastern Time, ET.  Paris, 2016-09

We see lots of these energy-efficient pedal taxis. This one races around the circle to make it though the light just out of the frame.© 2016 Margo Taussig Pinkerton. All Rights Reserved. From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures. For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or at 1-919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. Eastern Time, ET.  Paris, 2016-09

As we continue along, I see what I call a “pocket Continue reading 

Paris, 2016-07-08

3 Jun

Paris, 2016-07-08

As I look at this all, I am in awe. The power of Mother Nature is extraordinary. Towns in Germany, the Czech Republic, France, and elsewhere are experiencing flooding that has seen people rescued from their homes. Prague, where we have just been, has floods, too.

So, for Paris, a few images with captions on the flood of the century:

For those familiar with Paris, the next few are from around Pont des Arts…

One of the many stairways leading down to what usually is a cobbled promenade and quai as with boat access set normally high above the river so that the boat decks are mostly even with the quai, as you will see later in an image from last year.© 2016 Margo Taussig Pinkerton. All Rights Reserved. From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures. For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or at 1-919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. Eastern Time, ET.  Paris, 2016-07-08

Trees on what is normally the promenade.© 2016 Margo Taussig Pinkerton. All Rights Reserved. From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures. For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or at 1-919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. Eastern Time, ET.  Paris, 2016-07-08

With the help of the firemen, Workers from one of the café boats set up safety lines so they can better secure the boat.© 2016 Margo Taussig Pinkerton. All Rights Reserved. From Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures. For usage and fees, please e-mail TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com or contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278 or at 1-919-643-3036 before 9 p.m. Eastern Time, ET.  Paris, 2016-07-08

Meanwhile, firemen help run Continue reading