Printemps – Paris in the Spring

This post was written by admin on March 17, 2009
Posted Under: Daily Paris

bercy paris library, sunset, printemps, spring

I feel like the larval butterfly emerging from its cacoon. On Sunday the windows of the apartment opened up and I could wear a t-shirt without fear of goosebumps. The sun found its way into the kitchen and as I feasted on wine, cheese, rice and vegetables with the sun nourishing my depleted levels of Vitamin D3. All seemed good in the world.

In the afternoon I went with Mme. Grenouille to meet her friend on the other side of Paris in the 12th district, next to Bercy park – a lot of big bands play here, including Metallica who are live in a fortnight’s time; I failed to obtain tickets though. 🙁

Put two French chatterboxes together and they’ll do more than just talk the hind legs off a donkey, the front legs soon disappear too. Asides from feeling like an odd sock it was a pleasant afternoon, and we managed to leave just as the sun was coming down. Unfortunately I had no tripod so just rested on whatever I could find, and had to rush as I was in company. This very modernist part of Paris was particularly interesting, although futurist architecture doesn’t usually float my boat. The library as shown above, encircling a small pine wood, is a huge construction, I’ve not seen anything quite like it before. There were even chopped up logs down below, giving it the appearence of a managed wood in a surreal location. I’ll reel off the photographs as unfortunately I don’t have the luxury of time. I need to construct a new wardrobe from a flatpack job that arrived this morning.

passerelle Simone de Beauvoir, footbridge, bercy, 12th, 13th, 12eme, 13eme

This interesting bridge is known as the Simone Beauvoir footbridge. I know this thanks to surfAnna who did a small article about it in February (Simone Beauvoir Bridge). Funnily enough she has my domain name but in French ( and posts far more regularly than I ever do, with interesting photos of architecture from all over the city.

paris sunset

bercy library, sunset

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bercy biblioteque, library, paris

Bercy university, reading, library, futurist, modern architecture

parisian sunset, printemps

simone beauvoir, paris

paris gloaming

Reader Comments

Wow. I was in paris last year but I was only able to check out the tourist spots. I have not seen this part of Paris.
Am going back in May!!! yahoo…

Written By laagan on March 25th, 2009 @ 6:59 pm

Hey Gavin ! thanks for the link and presentation of my blog. 🙂
I really love your photos : the first one is wonderful!! and I see you have applied Vincent’s technique of photographing the ‘rambarde’ of the bridge (2d photo). Could I use you first photo for a guest post on my blog ?

Written By SurfAnna on March 26th, 2009 @ 9:29 pm

Hi Laagan, I guess it’s not the typical destination for tourists who only have a few days to see the main sights, but if you do have more time on your hands, it may be worth taking a gander.

Written By admin on April 4th, 2009 @ 12:01 pm

Hi Gavin,
there is a beautiful photo of the BNF presented on my blog today. A must-see !!! 😉

Written By SurfAnna on April 5th, 2009 @ 5:43 pm

Hi Gavin,

I’am a blog’s friend of SurfAnna (not a boy friend 🙂 and I have even met Anna IRL In Real Life…

I read often your comments on her blog and today, I followed the link … and fall here.

Beautiful photos, so magically coloured !!

Did you know that these trees were brought at BNF by wide load ??

Written By startine on April 8th, 2009 @ 1:31 pm

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