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Along the Gilded Pont Alexandre III

9.28.2014
Paris Pont Alexandre III
Paris Pont Alexandre III
Paris Pont Alexandre III
Paris Pont Alexandre III
Paris Pont Alexandre III
Paris Pont Alexandre III
Paris Pont Alexandre III

If you ask Parisians about this past summer in their city, most will bark on n'a pas eu d'été (we didn't have a summer). It's true,... an erratic Spring flowed into July and August and pushed right into Fall (not a bad thing really), but when you expect a string of warm sunny days and instead they come scattered between long periods of cooler cloudy days, well in that case, Parisians had every right to complain...

But last week at the debut of Fall, Summer responded to all the bickering by showing up bringing continuous days of sunlight and warm temperatures, and it was glorious to say the least. So when Friday morning came around, it took less than a second to abandon the piles of paperwork on my desk and head to one of the prettiest and most ornate bridges in Paris, the Pont Alexandre III. The beaux arts lampposts and gilded statues were beautifully matched with the golden summer-like sunlight.

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33 comments

  1. We didn't have much of a summer in Croatia either this year! Actually summer seems to have just started on Friday -- we had a fabulous sunny weekend and the coming week is supposed to bring much of the same!

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    1. Enjoy Isabel!... as much I love the Fall, Indian summers are equally wonderful :)

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  2. Well, summer or not....the first photo is just breathtaking!!!! We here in Houston are SOO excited to see summer come to an end.

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  3. Beautiful photos! I love the feeling of the black and white.

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  4. I like your perspective and the compositions you've created, Catherine. I especially like the balustrades with the bridge in the distance. The muted colors of river and stone really make that gilt pop! Glad you abandoned your work!

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    1. Hello + thank you Barb (so great to see you back online!)... the decision was an easy one that morning ;)

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  5. We didn't have summer here in Germany, at least not long enough. But you caught a bit of summer in your pictures - beautiful! And as much I miss summer days, the autumn light is wonderful.

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    1. Thank you Katrin, sorry to hear your summer temps were erratic too... I hope you experience an Indian-like summer as well :)

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  6. Ooooh! I do like these views! We're tentatively planning a visit to Paris next summer {what is the weather 'likely' to be like the first week of July?} and seeing your posts just makes my heart beat faster.

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    1. Ohh I'm so excited for you Dotti! Normally, July in Paris is really nice and averages around 70ish degrees F. BUT Paris temps shift very widely between the morning and evening, so the best way to pack is in layers and do pack an umbrella (clouds can appear out of nowhere!). So expect lots of sun (normally), but know that a rainstorm or two may show up as well... happy planning! :)

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  7. Your photos has the look of Paris.

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  8. Oh Wow !, I just stopped at all these photos. Fantastic....:)

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  9. Catherine, We rode bikes on this bridge earlier this month! Your images show off how lovely it is. We are home now in California, but I would go back to Paris any day (no matter the weather). So much astounding beauty!

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    1. Your vacation photos of Paris are fabulous Sharon, looks like you had a wonderful time! :)

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  10. I would love to talk a photo walk with you around Paris! You find the most striking things and I always love your compositions.

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    1. That means so much to me Kim, thank you... let's put that photo walk together on our bucket list ;)

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  11. Always wonderful to go for a stroll around Paris with you. It takes me right back there. I love the angle of your first image. Have a happy week.

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  12. OH, this takes me back. What a wonderful city.

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  13. Lovely shots! Paris is a beautiful city!

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  14. Paris is just made for photographers isn't it! I love your photos, especially the first two! And thanks for linking this to the Up Down challenge.

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  15. Same here in Italy! Beautiful shots as always!

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  16. Wonderful series of gilded photos! Very beautiful work!

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  17. I love the angles of your shots especially the first photo and the one with a biker in black and white.
    Great shots! ♥

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  18. Catherine, I've always considered your shots beautiful but moving to Paris has taken your photography to a whole different level of awesome!

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    1. I really appreciate that so so much, thank you MA! :) xo

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  19. Gorgeous photos, Catherine. We are heading into the heat down here in Australia. :-)

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  20. Absolutely gorgeous shots! May I ask what camera you use? In the process of buying a new camera and putting my pink Sony compact from 2004 to rest.

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    1. Thank you so much! I currently use a Canon 5D MkII :)

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